Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job at now-defunct local grocery chain Almacs. It was only natural, then, for Lynch to take over the family business when he graduated high school. “It’s all I’ve ever known,” said

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