Clockwise from left, Tom Boardman, Mark Roberts, Julie Boardman and Heather Boardman help Mark Roberts tear his raffle tickets during the Master’s Dry Carpet Cleaning anniversary celebration at Blend Wine Shop. Photo by Karen Lovett, KP News

Key Peninsula Master’s Dry Carpet Cleaning business started April 28, 1998.

Last month, owners Tom and Julie Boardman celebrated 15 years of successful operation with a fundraiser for the Key Peninsula Civic Center.

The couple’s celebration party was held at Blend Wine Shop, in Key Center. It was a festive occasion and a unique way of giving back to their community.

Cleaning services were raffled off during the event, with all proceeds to be donated to help support the civic center.

Some 15 years ago, while working as auto body repair person, Tom Boardman began suffering from exposure to work-related chemicals. He needed a different line of work with an instant income. The couple quickly researched business opportunities.

Julie Boardman said they contacted a carpet cleaning supplier who changed their lives.

“He gave us supplies, equipment and training and sent us business customers. In less than a month we were trained and earning an income,” she said.

Their business has blossomed since then because the two take the time to get to know each of their customers very well.

“We serve the needs of each person. The majority of our customers are women because they focus on detail,” she said.

The couple maintains those relationships –– mostly repeat customers –– serving clients in Seattle, Kirkland, Tacoma, Kitsap County as well as the Key Peninsula.

Their children, Ben, Heather, Jessie, and Becky Boardman have grown up with the business. All are highly-qualified carpet cleaning specialists producing the same quality cleaning as their parents.

According to Julie, the largest carpet the family ever cleaned was an 18,000 square foot church multi-purpose room. It took the entire family, including an exchange student living with them, two days to finish. The oldest job Master’s Dry Carpet Cleaning did was cleaning an area rug more than 100 years old.

Blend was filled with many longtime customers and friends who were quick to recommend the quality service provided by Master’s Cleaning service.

“Julie and Tom just cleaned my carpet yesterday. They did a great job,” Sylvia Haase said.

Barbara Heard said that Tom and Julie really “understand the science of dirt.”

In addition to running their business, the couple returned to take on an active role helping to run the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Tom Boardman is a member of the board and Julie became the executive board secretary one year ago.

“I’ve been on the civic center board for 32 years. We missed them when they were off the board. We’re so glad they’re back,” Claudia Loy said.

Tom Welch was the lucky first-place winner, getting $400 off any cleaning service. Second and third prize winner, Mark Roberts, won a love seat upholstery cleaning (or comparable) and bottle of wine.

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