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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This Black Couple Is Helping Businesses Stay Clean Amid COVID-19

Mister and Virginia Nelson

Since the start of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, pandemic, cleaning items have become hot sellers with stores across the country along with the growing need for cleaning services for businesses that now need to adhere to new cleaning standards. Items like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning supplies are often sold out for weeks at a time due to the increased demand. One couple has turned the situation into a business opportunity by helping storefronts and businesses remove harmful bacteria amid the public health crisis.

Florida-based couple, Mister and Virginia Nelson, launched their company Nelson’s Professional Cleaning Services, to help companies and their employees work in safe environments during the virus pandemic using eco-friendly products to clean local storefronts. The Jan-Pro franchise offers its EnviroShield® program to help minimize the spread of viruses and bacteria, especially on commonly touched surfaces.

In their interview with Black Business, Mister, who has worked in waste management for 21 years, added, “Look what’s going on with this coronavirus. It’s important that companies have a clean environment for their employees. We’re going to be here for them now and many months and years, too.”

“While many companies like ours are now jumping into the marketplace with various solutions of disinfection, my husband and I know that there’s a need for this now—and long after COVID-19,” Virginia told Black Business who worked as a juvenile detention officer before starting her own business. She now works as a program manager at an all-girls group home in addition to running her company with her husband.

As companies begin to reopen as more and more states enter the second phase of reopening, the Nelsons plan to expand their coverage in northern and central Florida coasts including Brevard County, Orange County, Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Cape Canaveral.

“We don’t use your everyday household products,” Virginia continued. “We use eco-friendly products and color-coded rags that are used only for certain surfaces and rooms.”



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