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Mr. Clean

A Chem-Dry franchisee helps shelter residents make a fresh start.

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This story appears in the September 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Mention dingy, discarded couches, end tables or dressers to Pat Heffron, and his ears will likely perk up. This , , owner of two Chem-Dry found a use for those castoffs in his carpet- and upholstery-cleaning business--and a way to help the community.

Heffron's new technicians learn the Chem-Dry techniques by cleaning discarded , which is then donated to local shelters for battered women and homeless people. The Safechoice Shelter Furniture Program seems to particularly benefit women, who can select a few items to furnish their new homes.

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