Business Buzz – February 2021


    Kirby Carpet Cleaning (KCC) is a family-owned business operated by Dave and Michelle Steely with sons Brandon and Anthony. Dave has been in the industry 25 years, Brandon, his oldest son, 10 years, Anthony, his youngest son, five years, while Michelle runs the office.
    John Kirby, a third generation Orinda native, started the business in 1979 in Lamorinda, and it must be noted, he had no affiliation or association with the Kirby Vacuum Company.
    At KCC, personalized service comes with every call. Expect Dave, Brandon or Anthony greeting you at your door.
    While regular vacuum cleaning is part of normal housekeeping, professional carpet cleaning is a different animal.
    Multiple certifications are required to stay up-to-date on industry practices. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification, a non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry, certifies KCC, which is also insured for your further protection.
    KCC workers hold a host of additional cleaning certifications including carpet, upholstery, area rugs, natural stone, leather and odor control. Each requires college-level courses and compulsory, continued education to remain certified.
    Between the pandemic and wildfires, 2020 has been a stressful year. Many homes now have a new look: office, gym, school, movie theater, restaurant and play area. These activities probably meant extra wear and tear on furniture and floors.
    Brandon said carpets, upholstery and area rugs in homes can act as indoor, cleanable air filters. “They can trap and hold things such as pollen, pet dander, mold spores, dust and a variety of other allergens and pollutants,” he said.
    While regular vacuuming removes most of these irritants, routine professional cleaning provides deep cleaning. KCC’s training gives its employees the tools to deal with most situations, including damage caused by improper maintenance or previous cleanings, residue removal, recurring spots and browning.
    Anthony said deep cleaning not only extends the life of carpets and upholstery and keeps them out of landfills, it also helps improve indoor air quality.
    COVID-19 precautions include daily pre-work temperature checks, hand sanitizer applied before entering every home and masks worn inside clients’ homes. Any equipment used gets wiped down after each use with EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectant.
    Carpet diem.
    When not seizing the day with working on carpeting, the Steely family enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and taking trips in their motorhome. KCC has supported Orinda schools by offering gift certificates and services. From Feb. 1 to 28, KCC offers a 10% discount on all services, if you mention The Orinda News.
    For more information, contact Kirby Carpet Cleaning at 925.254.2866, or visit For in-home services, their COVID-19 hours are Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. by special request. KCC’s area rug shop is located at 3330 Vincent Rd. Unit 1, Pleasant Hill, Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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