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Schomacker Cleaning settles into new Luverne location

Randy, Joe, Sharon and Tony Schomacker stand outside their new Main Street location in Luverne. Schomacker Cleaning had been operating out of three garages and a basement before aquiring the former car detailing and repair shop downtown. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

LUVERNE — A business that started out of the garage of Randy and Sharon Schomacker’s Luverne home and quickly expanded to fill three garages and a basement is now slowly coming back together under one roof in a newly refurbished downtown storefront.

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The Schomackers, who operate Schomacker Cleaning with their sons Joe and Tony, purchased a former car detailing and auto repair shop last December at 126 W. Main St., with help from the Luverne Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan program. New siding, doors, and windows were installed and all new electrical and plumbing was completed in the months that followed.

“It definitely makes it so we can grow more,” said Randy of the new location. “We didn’t have room for anything so much as another vacuum (in the garages). We’re able to grow now, and we have a central place. We can separate our home and work.”

The Schomackers moved to their new location in February while work continued on the building. Now that they have the extra space, and a business that continues to grow, Randy said they eventually plan to add some part-time jobs.

The family’s cleaning business grew out of Randy’s part-time job with ServiceMaster more than four years ago. When the company sold out part of its business, he took on five of the buildings he had been cleaning at the time. He cleaned those businesses at night and worked full-time at the hospital in Luverne during the day.

“The businesses that I took over wanted carpet cleaning and floor waxing,” Randy said. “Little by little, I started doing residential carpets and getting more equipment.

“I never thought that five office buildings would grow into this in such a short amount of time,” he added. “I wouldn’t have even tried this by myself. It’s a team thing — we all have our jobs to do.”

Randy left his full-time job at the hospital in mid-January after 18 years there and “hasn’t had a slow moment yet,” he said.

Son Tony started out doing some of the carpet cleaning and joined the business full-time in 2013, while Joe was instrumental in securing the business licenses, insurance and the accompanying paperwork. He helps out with the business as time permits, as he also serves as a state representative in the Minnesota Legislature. Sharon is responsible for the bookkeeping and also does cleaning work.

“(We’re now) working on getting certified in a lot of the cleaning areas,” said Joe.

“Like fire and water restoration work,” added Tony. “It’s a big thing and it takes a while to learn everything about it.”

Schomacker Cleaning offers a variety of services, from stripping and waxing floors to shampooing carpets, duct cleaning, janitorial work, construction clean-up for new homes, general home cleaning, upholstery cleaning and cleaning of flooded basements. The business has varied hours depending on the type of work they have to complete each day, and they generally work within a 30-mile radius of Luverne.

Schomacker Cleaning may be reached at (507) 227-2183.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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