The Steam Team for three decades continues to offer residents
quality cleaning and restoration services
It all starts with a vision. Since 1877, the Austin Chamber has been the voice of businesses to spur growth in the Austin region. Our members work hard to create jobs, instill innovation, and maintain community relationships.
We sat down with local business owners, David Marquardt and Jose Lasch of The Steam Team, to discuss how their vision has continued to make the Austin region work.
The interview is part of our presenting sponsor blog series. Learn more about The Steam Team here.
Tell us about the growth of The Steam Team since it was founded.
D: Founded in 1983, The Steam Team is a true Austin original. We are the only locally owned, full-service cleaning, and catastrophe management company in the greater Austin area. Since exceptional service and cleaning is what we do, The Steam Team serves homeowners and businesses with a wide range of services to meet routine and emergency needs with prompt service. From tile cleaning to disaster recovery we do it all!
What impact has the local community had on the growth of The Steam Team?
J: Since we have been around, we started with just one location in Austin with 25 clients. Today, we have more than 200,000 clients, a 24-hour water or fire emergency hotline, and have expanded to Georgetown, Dallas, and Naples, Florida. We are so thankful for our humble beginnings in Austin and look forward to the future!
The Steam Team has a pretty catchy slogan, “Steam On.” What’s the meaning behind it?
D: Since we have been around, we have always participated in some way by giving back to our community. For us, a corporate partnership is when businesses and the community work together on daily issues that impact the livelihood of residents. For us, the issues we are most passionate about are affordability. So, it makes sense for us to offer affordable and safe products that residents can use.
Understanding that life and things happen that are beyond anyone’s control, we wanted to ensure that our clients were able to stay composed in stressful situations. The “Steam On” slogan is our playful remake of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan.
It sounds like The Steam Team has made some pretty impressive strides in Austin. What separates you from the competition?
J: Our team is different from our competitors due to three characteristics. We offer:
- Well Paid Professionals: All of our employees are paid above the industry average. With that pay comes great responsibility from our guys. They know they can’t show up looking and acting like the guy living in your gutter. Since we clean and restore the home of items of educated, intelligent, and well-mannered clients, our technicians know they have to be of the same caliber.
- Wallet-Friendly Services: We give our clients “Exactimates” not estimates. We provide our clients with honest and affordable upfront prices, and don't believe in upselling or the bait and switch tactic commonly used by other carpet cleaners! Our prices are all inclusive and make it easy to know exactly what you are going to pay when we arrive!
- Money Back Guarantee: At the Steam Team, we are committed to your total satisfaction. All carpet and tile cleaning jobs come with a 7-day written guarantee. If at any time you are not completely satisfied, we will do whatever it takes to rectify the problem. This includes gladly returning to re-clean any spots or stains should they reappear.
In the next 15 years, how will your company help ensure the Austin region continues working?
D: For the past three decades, our number one goal has been customer satisfaction. Throughout the years, we have exceeded our customer expectations by providing superior commercial and residential services. This includes ensuring that our technicians are IICRC Certified and our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Over the next 15 years, it is our mission to continue engaging with the community through various trade associations throughout the region and creating services that benefit residents.
Learn more about The Steam Team here.
Greater Austin Chamber
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin Region works. We serve as the voice of business for 2,800 organizations representing a combined workforce of about 330,000 employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.