Cleaning America: A Brief History of Commercial Cleaning

Cleaning America: A Brief History of Commercial Cleaning

Perhaps one of the oldest means of employment in the USA is the cleaning industry, from commercial to residential, janitorial to maid services. The employment of helping hands to maintain a clean home or office can be traced back to early modern civilization.

ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (formerly known as the International Sanitary Supply Association) is known to be an international association of more than 9000 companies & individuals in the professional cleaning industry. Their members include manufacturers, distributors & suppliers of cleaning equipment, building service contractors, in-house & residential cleaning professionals as well as associated firms from all over the world.

The ISSA was first founded in the United States of America in 1923 by Alfred Richter with its headquarters in Northbrook, IL USA & regional offices in Netherlands, United Kingdom, China & Mexico.

The ISSA helps equip professional cleaning businesses for success with a host of education & networking opportunities for its members as well as hosting the largest cleaning trade show & convention, the ISSA Show in North America.

1The ISSA also helps increase the level of professionalism & member success by offering tools such as: Business enhancement & training tools, educational products, maintain industry standards, publication, legislative & regulatory services focused on improving the Professional Cleaning Services industry.

The cleaning industry since then has changed dramatically over the years with industry regulations, employee unions & environmental care allowing cleaning businesses to reach new heights of success and competitiveness all the while ensuring the utmost health, safety & environmental awareness.

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