OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you haven’t been on TikTok, you might think it’s just a bunch of teenagers doing some fun dances.
While there’s plenty of that, there are several other ways people are using the platform.
One Omaha business has actually found quite a bit of success in one of the more peculiar realms of TikTok: carpet cleaning.
Like many, Jake Kenney and his brother Pete found themselves with a lot of free time when things were shut down because of the coronavirus. So they decided to download TikTok to provide a little entertainment.
“Our work was reduced so we had a little bit more free time in the office than normal. So he started TikTok and made a few videos, then I sort of took it and went with it, and then we started going viral,” said Jake.
The brothers are co-owners of Kenney Property Services, but they’re better known on TikTok as Omaha Carpet Cleaning. The account currently has over 409,000 followers who tune in to see the cleaners at work.
“We have some duets we do with people on stains, we do reply videos, and then we do just general how-tos hoping to lead people. Our main goal is to hopefully lead people to better solutions to remove stains out of their carpet if they’re going to do it on their own,“ said Jake.
The siblings have some fun with the videos, putting their own spin on TikTok trends. They say some local customers have found them through the platform.
“We didn’t really know how much worth that would generate but we have had a couple people call us and do jobs through TikTok which was fun,” said Jake.
There is some talk of the app being banned in the U.S. with some arguing the app allows personal information to be given to the Chinese government.
But Jake says he hopes his followers make the move to Instagram and YouTube if that does happen.
“With what’s going on with worldwide affairs, I don’t personally have an issue with a ban. I think there are some concerns going on overseas so I don’t personally have an issue with it,” said Jake.
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