March 27th 2018
This Week: Dave Jones of Tiger Carpet Cleaning
Dave Jones was born and raised in California in the Hayward/Castro Valley area. He went to private junior high and high schools, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley.
He found that college was just “not for him”. He got a job as a high school janitor, but then gave college another try. He really enjoyed the business classes, but general ed. did not hold his interest; so in 1983 he started building a commercial maintenance business, Jones Janitorial. He continued to work as a high school janitor at night until his business got off the ground.
Personally, he has two daughters, Taylor 22, a Sophomore at Washington State, and Megan 20 attending DVC. Both girls want to be teachers.
Dave noticed that he was subcontracting out a lot of carpet cleaning jobs, so he began learning about carpet cleaning, and he added the Host system to his business in 1987. However, he only did dry/chem. cleaning and only commercially, so he still referred business out to an associate who did steam cleaning.
About 20 years ago, that associate, Paul of Tiger Carpet Cleaning, was looking to get out of the business and began talks to sell. Dave Jones bought the business from him in 1999 and expanded his service with truck-mount steam cleaning carpets, upholstery, area rugs and auto carpet.
Dave’s business is about 60% janitorial and 40% carpet cleaning. On the janitorial side, Dave has 6 employees and 1 on the carpet cleaning side, Jerry. Tiger has many good customers including developers that keep them busy in seasons that are typically not busy for carpet cleaning. The busy season is October through the end of the year.
Dave admits that they are not the cheapest carpet cleaner in the area, but they work mostly on a referral basis and really take their time to do the job right. Dry/chem. cleaning is more expensive because it is a two-step process, whereas steam cleaning takes less time so costs less per foot. There is a minimum charge for any cleaning. Their business is mainly in the Tri-Valley and the 680 Corridor, but go out as far as Brentwood and Fremont for an extra charge.
Steam cleaning is better for heavily soiled carpets and dry cleaning is better for the longevity of the carpet. To keep up most warranties on carpeting, many manufacturers require hot water extraction cleaning every 18 months (refer to the carpet manufacturers’ warranty). 70% of their clients prefer steam cleaning.
If you should have a spill (after hours) the best thing to do is use cool water (no cleaner) and blot (don’t rub) as much of it as you can (standing on the towel can pull a lot out). Repeat, then call Tiger.
If you or someone you know needs their carpets cleaned, please call Dave Jones of Tiger Carpet Cleaning for a free estimate, personally by Dave, at 443-1100.
The next meeting of the Tri-Valley Executives’ Association will be held on March 29th, at Vic’s All-Star Kitchen at 7:00am.
Greeters: Dan Brown of Onstad’s Insurance Agency, Inc. and Chuck Eggers of Barron’s Jewelers
Classification: OPEN, REPLY IF INTERESTED IN PRESENTING
April 5th: Keith Westphal of Westphal Plumbing
April 12th: Board of Directors Ceremony
April 19th: Mike Peel of Sotheby’s Realty
April 26th: Larry Brumm of Real Estate Appraiser
The pot of the TVEA 50/50 Raffle is back to $55 and 8 white marbles ($5), 5 blue marbles ($10) and 1 red marble (takes the “pot”).
New Member Application:
Robbie Didio – Classification: Handy Man Services
2nd Quarter Dues were mailed out this week
Who do you know who would be a great fit for our group?
INVITE, INVITE, INVITE!
*Every guest you bring, you will receive a ticket to the raffle
Have A GREAT week!