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A local, family-owned North Queensland business

Chem Safe Services is a professional, full-service carpet, floor, fabric care company servicing all of North Queensland, from Mackay to Cape York, including Cairns, the Tablelands, Port Douglas, Innisfail, Mission Beach and Townsville.

At Chem Safe Services, we take pride in our reputation, experience, education, systems, and service guarantee. Chem Safe Services is an IICRC certified firm, the world’s most recognized body of certification for carpet and upholstery cleaners.

You can depend on us at Chem Safe Carpet Cleaning Services for carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, oriental and area rug cleaning, fibre and fabric protection, tile and grout cleaning and sealing, natural stone, hardwood care, drapery cleaning and urine damage treatment.


Our History

Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning is one of the original carpet dry cleaning companies established in Cairns back in the 80’s. Back then things were far different but the business was very busy with three vans servicing the motels and homes of Cairns with portable machinery.

Colin Starke bought Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning in 1995. At that time the focus was on carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and area rug cleaning only and the method used was portable hot water extraction. This method involved pre-spraying the carpet or items with a cleaning solution, allowing it to dwell and extracting it while rinsing with a portable machine. We still use this process, in some cases, today. However, we have dramatically increased the steps in this process. Chem Safe Services, Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning, Walk On Dry

In 2001 Colin built his first truck-mounted machine. Walk On Dry was getting a good reputation for itself. The high temperatures of water along with the high vacuum, our clients could see a real difference in our work and the end result. While Walk On Dry tried all different methods of cleaning carpet the primarily method we use is called hot water extraction or as some call it “steam cleaning.”

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In 2003 Michael Starke, Colin’s son wanted to come on board and could see great potential in these big machines. They keep the business names separate for many reasons. Michael called his business himself Chem Safe Services, joining the two business together in 2007. With the main business name Chem Safe Services, Walk On Dry was to be known as the carpet cleaning branch of the business, along with Quick Dry for water damage, Hard Surface for Hard Surface Cleaning, Polishing and RIP For our professional pest control branch. Chem Safe Services, Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning, Walk On Dry

2009 has seen many changes to the Chem Safe Services, we operate from an office in Earlville, a place of business where the work vehicles, equipment, and accessories can be stored, maintained and services in a safer work environment. Our staff are going through professional training with the IICRC, ITI and Jena Dyco training institutes. Chem Safe Services, Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning, Walk On Dry

With the business expanding and growing as Cairns and Far North Queensland becomes the ideal location for more and more people to live, move to and start their lives or retirement, we hope Chem Safe Services will be around for another 30 years.



Water Damage & Technician Coordinator

Michael has 11 years experience in the industry. Michael is a IICRC Certified Journeyman Water Restorer Technician and has qualifications in carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, occupational health and safety, carpet repair and re-instillation, water damage restoration, advanced structural drying, hard surface cleaning, mould investigation & remediation, authorized professional applicator of DuPont Teflon Advanced Protector, authorized professional applicator of Actichem Products.


Office Supervisor Commercial and Residential Coordinator

Marie has been a part of Chem Safe Services since the beginning. Marie has a background in sales and marketing, customer service and looking after client needs. Marie looks after the background finer details of the business and day to day operations. Marie is working towards a Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management). This will ensure that the professionalism and dedication for Chem Safe Services is passed on to every client