Guardsman FurniturePro

Woodbridge, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Most companies get into the cleaning industry because it is a low cost start up business. It attracts a lot of people. A lot of people who are just interested in a pay check. I really enjoy learning the art, history and science of textile cleaning and repair. I am always learning the science behind cleaners, and techniques. Im not against having employees. But my work stands out because I will spend extra time to make certain I did everything I could to get that one spot out. At the same time I know a Trained employee is just not going to care as much as I will.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Relationships and teaching. It is nice to get invited back to person's homes to clean again, or repair something again. To do that I have to stay an operator not an Owner who sits behind a desk.I enjoy teaching people how to maintain their textiles. You can't buy professional products in a store because they are very specific to certain materials. I can give every customer the opportunity to know how their stuff needs to be cleaned. instead of using a generic cleaner from the store. I do this for free. As I know the customer Can hire me to clean everything, but that is not in most peoples budget. When I educate people they hire me for convenience of a few items and they do not rely on me for everything.
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Location

Woodbridge, VA 22192

Background check

Complete

Years in business

13

Number of employees

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Stephaan H. Oct 22, 2016
    Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning
    Verified Review
    Great job overall
    Professional technician whose cleaning vastly improved the look of my chair. Very good job.
  • Makeda G. Sep 1, 2016
    Mattress Cleaning
    Verified Review
    Revived My Mattress:)))
    Excellent service. Very friendly and accommodating! Thanks again guys!
  • Mark D. Aug 3, 2014
  • Bree S. Jun 8, 2014
    Mike is the best. His work is excellent. He's always on time and pleasant. And he goes the extra mile to make sure I'm always happy. I would recommend Mike any day!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes My franchise provides Training. However I also stayed IICRC certified. I like to take courses on almost all textiles. It is just fun to learn and pass that info to my customers even if it is a service I do not provide. I stay in contact with many of the countries top Textile Technicians. I hope I am considered one of them one day. I think Education, and curiosity helps separate me from the others. I met people who have been in the busines for 30 years with less knowledge, and I meet some people with 2 years who are very wise.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Basically we measure to give you a fair price. On THumtack I try to send out a simple price. There are a lot of companies that will advertise they clean your house, or sofa for $100 then they mark you up on everything when they get there. It is really hard to say this is my price. I mean if you have a Nylon carpet, or a Wool carpet you should expect a different approach, and cost. IF you have a $500 sofa or a $5,000 sofa you would expect a different approach and price. Leather comes in all kinds of levels, if it needs to be cleaned, or restored, or repaired it can all change the price. If you need your wood furniture repaired or restored. How many different colors, is it antiqued, or distressed. Etc.. you get the point. In General we try to make from $100 to $150 an hour depending on the service we are providing. Cleaning, repair, restoration etc.. Email me a photo, and measurements when possible and I can give an exact, or close to exact price.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I really like the cosmetic side of furniture repair. I like to work with leather, recolor it, repair, restore, clean it. it makes every job like Art class. I started off with leather and it grew into cleaning, and furniture restoration. I really like wood work for the same reason. I really like Cleaning. I never knew there was so much to cleaning things, and it is fun to inform people about proper cleaning. I don't mean that I love to scrub a floor, but I do like to see the chemicals work, and to see the ending result.
What types of customers have you worked with?
A lot of pet stains, a Lot of maintenance cleaning, a lot of furniture restoration of family furniture pieces.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Most recently I worked with a completely dried, and cracked up Wax Pull up leather, and restored it back to like new.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Cleaning your home is a very personal thing. Do you want to hire a company with rotating employees, or have that personal 1 on 1 relationship. A good cleaning Technician is like getting a good handy man. Companies with employees, and multiple trucks. ( Look at their help wanted adds) plan to work 6 to 6, make 60k a year, no experience. Most owner operators want to come back, we are not looking for one time business, most are not going to hustle you for a hire commission. When you hire a handy man, don't they look out for you? Suggest the less expensive route. Or a good mechanic who says, "yes it is broken, but you can get away with it for a while." While the other company you go for an oil change and they give you a list of 20 things they are all of sudden urgent.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I answer this with shyness. As someone who gives to the community I do not do it for Credit. I just do it. At the same time it is nice to know what others do. Maybe it will inspire others to do something similar. I like to Teach leather Crafts to kids at my local school and Church. My Wife and I sponsor a Drug and alcohol rehab Center. Nether of us have a background with drugs or alcohol, we just like to see Adults try to turn themselves around. My Wife is from Russian and every year we take a Team of Missionaries to a Village in Russia and provide Children's Camp. " VBS" for kids in the village.