Five States & the City of Chicago Issue Cleaning Week Proclamations

March 29, 2021 Five States & the City of Chicago Issue Cleaning Week Proclamations

Governor Kay Ivey, Governor Michael Parson, Governor Roy Cooper, Governor Henry McMaster, Governor Greg Abbott, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot all recently proclaimed an official “Cleaning Week” in the States of Alabama, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as in the City of Chicago, respectively, as part of National Clean Week, March 28-April 3, 2021.

The Alabama proclamation states, in part, that “essential frontline cleaning professionals have worked tirelessly to combat the spread of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic” and “the grateful citizens of Alabama proudly support and join in this national effort to bring attention to the importance of maintaining clean and sanitary conditions at work, in schools, and at home.”

In the South Carolina proclamation, Governor McMaster recognizes that “manufacturers and distributors have worked 24/7 to produce and deliver critical cleaning and hygiene products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” Marlo Kanipe of ISSA-member company Deserved Comfort House Cleaning assisted ISSA in securing the South Carolina proclamation.

According to the Missouri proclamation, “ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, found that routine cleaning and disinfection reduces the number of surfaces contaminated by viruses by 62% and thereby significantly reduces the rate of transmission of infectious diseases.” Michael Anaya of Prime Healthcare assisted ISSA in securing the Missouri proclamation and Heidi Avedician of ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning by Legacy secured the proclamation from Texas. Wendy Dixon of ISSA-member company American Pride Cleaning Services assisted ISSA in securing the North Carolina proclamation.

The Chicago proclamation states, in part, that “as the leading worldwide association for the cleaning industry, ISSA serves as a leading source for information, education, and advocacy while also raising the standards for cleanliness in professional businesses and making important scientific connections between cleaning and health.” In the proclamation, Lightfoot urges “all residents to educate themselves on the best cleanliness practices.”

“ISSA thanks Governors Ivey, Parson, Cooper, McMaster, and Abbott, as well as Mayor Lightfoot for recognizing the value of clean with these Cleaning Week proclamations,” said ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft. “Now is a critical time to emphasize the importance of cleaning and recognize our frontline cleaning professionals who’ve worked continuously to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

National Cleaning Week celebrates the value of clean and the important, positive impact cleaning has on public health, the environment, and our economy. This designated week represents a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about the value of clean and show appreciation for cleaning professionals.

 As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA promotes the importance of clean, advocates at the federal and state levels, provides education and training, as well as raises the profile of the cleaning industry. For more information about ISSA, including National Cleaning Week, please contact Stacy Seiden, ISSA Government Affairs Coordinator.