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October 5, 2012
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Meet Your Merchant: Get green and clean with North Tahoe's Mountain Lake Cleaning

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Looking to get your house or business cleaned up for the fall or holidays? Mountain Lake Cleaning is proud to offer a variety of services to make your life easier.

The company, which opened in May of this year, specializes in home (private or vacation) and commercial cleaning. Owned and operated by Dirk Foster and his wife, Dany, the pair is already seeing success with their new business endeavor.

"We decided to make a life change and move up here," Mr. Foster said.

The couple lived in Los Angeles for 20 years before moving to Incline Village. Mr. Foster worked in public relations, while Mrs. Foster worked at Fox Studios for 12 years. After visiting the area for many years, Mr. Foster moved to the basin in July 2011, and his fiance at the time (the couple just got married in August) followed soon after.

After getting cleaning services at their own home, the duo realized there was a need for improvement in the services offered.

"There was a niche to be filled," Mr. Foster said.

He added that other cleaning services failed to offer a high level of customer service, as well as environmentally friendly products. The Fosters soon set out to open their own cleaning business, which offers both.

They've had no problems transitioning from previous careers to the cleaning business.

"I'm a cleaning fanatic myself," Mr. Foster said of his past experiencing with cleaning.

Mountain Lake Cleaning is a small staff of just six, all with experience working in the cleaning field. Mr. Foster handles business development, while Mrs. Foster does the bookkeeping (as well as managing Blu Boutique).

"We've had outstanding reception," Mr. Foster said of the community's reaction to the business so far. "Business (has been) booming since day one."

The company is available for work seven days a week, including nights, for commercial properties. It offers daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly services, for deep cleaning as well as routine cleans. Mountain Lake Cleaning even takes care of windows.

One thing that sets Mountain Lake Cleaning apart from the other companies is staff use environmentally friendly products, that are safe for home, office, pets and children.

"We live in a place ... where it makes sense to offer a service that has environmentally friendly products," Mr. Foster added.

Jobs can take anywhere from two to 15 hours, Mr. Foster said. The company offers a free home walk through and estimate for those looking to get their place cleaned for the first time. Even though it's been a busy summer, the Fosters emphasized that they can always make time for new clients and jobs, and are willing to work nights and weekends to accommodate busy schedules.

"The service is designed to free up people's time," Mr. Foster said. "The service that we offer helps our clients simplify their busy lives, allowing them more time that they can devote to family, friends and fun.

"And a clean home or office always makes people feel better."

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 5, 2012 12:55PM Published Oct 5, 2012 12:52PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.