Dan Deschamp, owner of High Desert Carpet Care. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Dan Deschamp, owner of High Desert Carpet Care, might be described as a super Los Alamos local. Not only was Deschamp born and raised in Los Alamos, his family’s history in the town stretches back to his great grandfather, William Pyburn, who moved to town in the 1940s.
His grandfather, Tom Pyburn, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1951 and followed in his father’s footsteps as a pipefitter, working for Zia Company as well as running his own business, Tom Pyburn Plumbing and Heating.
His uncle, Tom Pyburn II carries on the family tradition as a pipefitter at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Deschamp’s mother Elaine is another Los Alamos High School graduate who stayed in town to raise her family. His daughter Kyrina, age eight, is a member of the fifth generation of the family to live in Los Alamos.
“I wanted to own my own business like my family had,” Deschamp said. “I feel like I have something to offer to the town, as they did.”
Deschamp’s background in hotel management gave him experience with caring for carpets and he saw an opportunity there.
“No one was taking a green approach to carpet care in Los Alamos.” Descamp said. “I did my research and came up with a portable system that runs off electricity rather than gasoline. I found sources for 100 percent green cleaning agents by searching online. I don’t have to use any non-green chemicals. Everything I use is a food based self-neutralizing product and organically based.”
Besides being good for the planet, the organic cleaning agents don’t have the harsh chemical smell that non-organic cleaners have, Deschamp said. He also recycles any waste products from his business, taking those products the County doesn’t accept to recyclers off the hill.
Since opening High Desert Carpet Care this fall, business has been good, Deschamp said. He’s picked up a number of commercial clients as well as working for individuals in their homes.
Kyrina works alongside her dad and has her own business card and shirt with the company logo. Kyrina came up with the company’s slogan, “Carpet Experts of Northern New Mexico.” She has become a carpet expert and educates other kids on the proper way to clean up a spill without making it worse, Deschamp said.
“Along with my mom and grandmother, Kyrina is my biggest supporter,” he said.
The company has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Highdesertcarpetcare, where potential customers can learn more and see specials. Contact the company at 505.363.4401 with questions or to schedule an appointment.