About Us

About our family operated local business

Art Thomas

Steam Sweepers LLC was established in 1996 by Art Thomas. Over the last 22 years Oriental Rugs have been our passion. Additionally, we offer carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, as well as grout and tile cleaning  services. Steam Sweepers LLC invested the capital needed to open the most advanced Oriental and Specialty Area Rug Cleaning Facility north of Seattle. Our area rug cleaning plant houses the latest technology for restoring oriental and specialty rugs. The new location also provides space for the field service vans used by our carpet cleaning technicians. This is how we serve all our Bellingham and Whatcom County customers, residential or commercial. Our business is located at 3620 Irongate Road in Bellingham, Washington. Whether you own a fine area rug, need a professional carpet cleaner, or your shower tile and grout require cleaning, call Steam Sweepers LLC.

From the beginning and still to this day, Art is involved with each customer, whether it is providing an estimate of services, quality control, or a follow-up. The whole Thomas family participates in the operations of Steam Sweepers LLC. Karen, Art’s wife, has been an Occupational Therapist for 31 years. She provides Human Resource assistance for Steam Sweepers. His son Bryan, a graduate from Western Washington University, still works for us as needed. Their daughter Brea is also a graduate of Western Washing University.  Brea works part-time in the office providing clerical, administrative, and customer service support. Art trains and provides education through IICRC for all employees.

Rug Pick-up & Drop Off Hours:
Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 8:30 a.m-10:30 a.m
Wednesdays (Wash Day) 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m
Visit our facility on Wash Day for a tour!

Note: we are available for additional pick-up & drop off times by appointment! 

Adam McGary
Adam McGary
I have been working with Steam Sweepers for nearly a decade!  When I met Art Thomas, the founder, owner and absolute Rug Guru, I knew this company was something I wanted to be a part of. I come from a family that owned and operated a small business (McGary’s Heating) for over 40 years. My grandfather, Fred McGary was and still is my hero and mentor. Working as a young teen in that industry provided me with the work ethic and care it takes to get the job done right! Under the tutelage of Art Thomas and Steam Sweepers I have taken those same values and incorporated them into rug restoration. I learn more about rugs every week and always strive for greatness. When you bring us your rugs I can promise you quality care and beautiful results.
Mike Azevedo
Mike Azevedo
Before my interview, I went to the Steam Sweepers website and was drawn to the great customer reviews and the overall professional presentation of the company. After meeting Art and seeing how he conducts his business, I knew this was a company I could stand by and wanted to work for. I’ve learned that carpet cleaning takes a lot of knowledge and attention to detail. I like working at Steam Sweepers because I am in an environment that challenges me, and encourages me to progress every day. We strive to be the best, and average just doesn’t cut it.