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Specialized Cleaning | 5/15/2012
Their signature red trucks are easy to spot and there seems to be more of them around town lately. Specialized Cleaning and Restoration is marking 20 years since Jerry Thomas began tackling tough cleanup jobs, and the company has grown to include his daughters and son-in-law.
"The best part about the job is being able to help people when they`re in a crisis, being able to come in and kind of ease the situation if they`re dealing with a fire or water damage, and just letting them know that the experts are here to help," said Stacey Thomas with client relations.
The company handles both home and industrial sized jobs all over North Dakota and each of the surrounding states.
"We`ve done projects as small as cleaning an apartment, cleaning the carpets in an apartment to drying down the Jack Science Center at BSC," Stacey said.
"Our industry is definitely not a mop and a bucket anymore," said Vice President Seth Sandness.
In 20 years, the company has also begun using new technology, from high heat to infared to handle water and mold damage.
"With the drying aspect and water damage and flood situations, the time you can save with the increased heat is unbelievable," Sandness said.
With all the flooding last year, Specialized Cleaning is still helping with a few flood damaged properties, especially in Minot. But workers are constantly trying to find ways to use nontoxic chemicals and salvage what they can.
"It`s getting more to the science and the technology aspect of how water moves in a structure and how to dry it faster and quicker and the more concerns with indoor air quality now too," Sandness said.
Not an easy job, but a rewarding one for this family of cleaners.
The company also hosts a free will lunch the last Wednesday of every month. The money raised at each grilling event is given to charity.