Cheney Free Press -

By SHANNEN TALBOT
Staff Reporter 

West Plains cleaning company opens office in Cheney

 

Cheney residents driving down 1st Street might have noticed a slight change in the landscape this month, with local business Clean-R-Up moving into its first brick-and-mortar location since its creation nearly five years ago.

Clean-R-Up is a professional cleaning company that has been operating on the West Plains for several years, but until recently has functioned out of owners Slade and Star Seehawer’s home. Now, the company has moved into a crisp gray and blue office — one that welcomes pets, kids and comes with its own office dog, black lab Bear.

“Something we do is try to use primarily green cleaning products,” Slade Seehawer said. “We make our own products right here and it’s taken us years to perfect it.”

While their cleaners use harsher chemicals if necessary, Seehawer said green-cleaning methods are always tried first. Many of the company’s eco-friendly products include essential oils and other natural ingredients.

The homey vibe of the new office, featuring gleaming natural wood and a kitchenette, is a marked contrast from the corporate world Seehawer used to work in.

Seehawer climbed the ladder for 11 years, but found himself stressed and missing out on family time, he said. So after a lot of consideration, the Seehawers sold much of what they owned to kick-start their new venture together. Though there were a few lean years in the beginning, Seehawer said business has been expanding exponentially.

Clean-R-Up has 90 clients and counting, most of which are residential, and last year the company experienced 52 percent growth. And its services are beginning to branch out; the business handles the cleaning for several property management companies in Cheney as well. They also offer debris hauling and move-out cleaning.

The Seehawers currently employ about six people and will be hiring up to seven more soon — in fact, Seehawer said he had 22 interviews planned for the coming week.

Clean-R-Up’s services cost about $40 per hour, but there are senior and military discounts available. The company offers free estimates, Seehawer said, and once a quarter selects a community member to receive top-to-bottom housekeeping services for free.

“We’re very community-oriented,” Seehawer said. “Our pro cleaners nominate someone every three months or so and then vote on who they feel is most deserving.”

They’ve cleaned about four homes this way, with the last one belonging to a Spokane veteran.

“We’re excited that our new location will raise awareness and show we’re a credible company,” Seehawer said. “We want people to know that we’re here to stay.”

Shannen Talbot can be reached at shannen@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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