By Kirstan Knowlton
BERLIN — The Young family moved to Northern New Hampshire with high hopes of creating a better life.
Armed with ambition and determination, Gerry Young needed to find a way to support his family, and after seeing an opportunity to fill a need in the community, he went for it.
Young and his family had no idea what was in store for them when they sold their home in Long Island, N.Y., to move to Berlin in 2014. Drawn to the area by affordable housing costs and quality of life, he thought the North Country would be the perfect place to raise a family.
“We threw caution to the wind and bought a home,” said Young.
After the move, Young did what he could to support his family by becoming an educational assistant at Hillside Elementary School in Berlin, but he knew that he would need something more to sustain a family of seven.
It wasn’t until one evening when the Youngs were looking for someone to come and clean the carpets and struggled to find anyone that the idea came to him. He was going to start a business sanitizing carpets.
Taking what little savings he had left, Young invested in a training and certification program through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Once he successfully completed his certification, he went to work outfitting his new business, Gerry's Carpet Steamers with the necessary equipment to get started.
With everything now is place, Young was ready to get started on cleaning and sanitizing carpets in the North Country area.
According to Young, unlike traditional cleaning methods, the sanitization process used by Gerry's Carpet Steamers provides a deep clean with counter rotating brushes that agitate the carpet. The multi-step process restores the carpet back to its original quality, leaving them looking brand new again.
As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, Young enjoys getting carpets as clean as possible.
“I want people to be able to sit down on the living room floor and enjoy the space again,” said Young.
For homes with pets, odors and stains, Young can offer a tailored approach, targeting specific areas that need the most work.
Along with providing an effective method for cleaning, Young also hopes to dispel the myth that sanitizing carpets is costly. With a $99 service minimum, Young notes that most rooms start at $39, and with continued bi-annual service the price is reduced.
In addition to cleaning residential homes, Young will document his work through a series of YouTube videos, offering people a chance to see just how the process works. Young will also create “do-it-yourself” tutorials on how to fix common problems like ink stained on clothing.