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Meet Jeff Marek of MarekCare Carpet Cleaning and Services in Southwest Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Marek.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jeff. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Back in the late 1970’s I had 2 uncles who competed against each other in the carpet cleaning business. I went to work part-time for one of them. Back then, we used under powered portable extractors (I believe that hot water extraction or steam cleaning is the best way to clean carpet) and a lot of physical labor was needed to really clean carpets. I’m old enough to recall 3 inch shag carpeting!!

After a failed attempt at college I went to work for Avon Products in Morton Grove, IL. During my 33years at Avon I invested in my own portable carpet cleaning unit and continued to clean carpets as a subcontractor. Eventually, I started my own company in 2010, still cleaning part-time. In April 2016 I retired from Avon and took my business to the next level by investing in a truck mounted unit. My whole business philosophy is something I learned long ago,

You treat people with respect, a handshake, and you bust your butt to make sure that they are completely satisfied, they will do the advertising for you!! Word of mouth is HUGE in this business! Let’s face it, carpet cleaning isn’t exactly the most trusted of home services, so it’s extremely important for me to gain my customers trust!!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As I stated before, there are a lot of fly-by- night companies out there that over sell and under perform. The cleaning companies that provide a great service, unfortunately, get pooled in with these “bad apples”! There are also companies that promise ridiculous pricing in their advertising to get you to commit, then gouge you with “hidden” costs!

I have to say that, on a daily basis, we get calls claiming that we are expensive compared to these “low budget” companies.

I explain to them that my cost is all inclusive, we don’t charge extra for vacuuming, pre- conditioning, or carpet grooming, it’s all a part of the service you receive from MarekCare!! Extras like Scotchgard, or deodorizer are suggested but never pushed!

Please tell us about MarekCare Carpet Cleaning and Services.
I can sum that up in one sentence; our goal is quality not quantity. Remember the America our parents and grandparents grew up in, we led the world in producing products, and craftsmanship! I believe there are still products and services that can be excelled at, and my business will be one of them!!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My first Chicago Blackhawks game in the “old” stadium. During the National Anthem I nearly shook of my seat, after that I was hooked!!!

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