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Clean sweep in one award category

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:12 a.m. CDT

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MINOOKA — Clean-Tech Maid Service was selected during 2012 for the Best of Minooka Award in the Home Cleaning category by the Minooka Award Program.

Each year, the Minooka Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community.

These exceptional companies help make the Minooka area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Minooka Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners were determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Minooka Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Recognition was given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Much of the credit for the award — and the success that earned it — goes to Mary DeKlerk, owner/general manager of the professional cleaning service for homes and businesses.

“My husband, Bill, and I made our home in Channahon in 1972,” recalled DeKlerk. “Back then, we had two young boys and we searched for a good place to raise our family. We were lucky and found Channahon. This area still is a great place to raise a family, to live in and work in. We are happy to call this home.”

DeKlerk noted their two sons, Bill and Tony, went through the Channahon school system and Minooka Community High School, as did their daughter-in-law, Cindy, and two of their grandchildren, Kerstin and Jacob. They now enjoy the many bike trails and parks available in the area with their youngest granddaughter, Kate.

“Our kids and grandkids spend summers boating on the river in Morris and surrounding waterways,” she said. “I love this area and the people who live here. This is the perfect place for our business, Clean-Tech Maid Service.”

That business began in 1997, when the contractual job DeKlerk held came to an end and she decided to try something new.

“With a prior background in retail management and a love of clean, organized spaces — many times to my husbands’ dismay — Clean-Tech Maid Service was born,” she said.

For the past 14 ½ years, Clean-Tech Maid Service has provided the busy families, individuals and businesses of the area a professional and trusted service delivered by friendly caring  technicians. Suzanne Hogan was the first employee DeKlerk hired for the business. Fourteen years later, Hogan has grown right along with Clean-Tech — from cleaning technician, to team supervisor, to training supervisor, to training/ operations manager.

“Suzanne’s experience and knowledge of the industry, along with her communication skills,  understanding, and genuine empathy for people, makes her the perfect person to teach cleaning technicians and team supervisors the many details they need to know to clean our client’s homes and businesses in an efficient, thorough and safe manner,” DeKlerk said.

Assistant Manager Cindy Love started with Clean-Tech on, of all day, Sept. 11, 2001.

“With fear and confusion coming over all the airwaves, we watched in horror as the twin towers fell,” DeKlerk remembered. “Cindy’s dedication, courage and commitment shown through on day one. She stayed with us that day and, somehow, we all made it through.

“Eleven and a half years later, Cindy is the driving force that keeps Clean-Tech Maid Service on task and running in the right direction. Schedules, teams, estimates,  customer requests,  Cindy gets it done; she’ll make it happen.”

As individuals and a business, Clean-Techy believes a responsible businesses looks for ways to reach out to their communities.

“The personal gratification that comes from helping others is an immeasurable reward,” DeKlerk said. “We consider it a privilege to be able to put a smile on someone’s face.”

One way that Clean-Tech does that is by being a partner with the “Cleaning for a Reason Foundation.” The company works through the foundation to donate its services to women of our community who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

“We are committed to providing the gift of a clean home to these women during this difficult season of life,” DeKlerk said.

For more information or assistance through this program, you can contact the Cleaning for a Reason foundation at (877) 337-3348 or website:  www.cleaningforareason.org. You can also call Clean-Tech Maid Service, which is located at 118 Serena Court, Suite 7, Minooka, at (815) 467-4965.

Clean-Tech Maid Service offers 100-percent guaranteed satisfaction for its clients. Its mission is to provide clients with a professional cleaning service, customized to their needs or requests,  delivered by trained, friendly cleaning technicians who bring everything needed to thoroughly  clean and sanitize their home or business.

Sanitized towels, environmentally safe cleaning products, HEPA-filtered vacuums and a system for cleaning that is efficient and thorough are all used by Clean-Tech.

To find out more, check out the website at www.cleantech1.com or send an email to cleantech@comcast.net.

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