Top Cleaning Companies Offer #FluPreventionTips in USA Today Insert

MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - December 09, 2015) - The chill of winter is moving in, and with it comes cold and flu season. To help stop the spread of the flu in shared spaces, including at work, school, and home, Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean share important cleaning tips to stop the spread of the virus at home, work and while you're out on the go.

The tips will be featured in a special insert to be included in USA Today and distributed Dec. 11-13 in several major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, South Florida and Dallas, as well as online at

Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert, is featured in a panel of experts where she shares simple and effective cleaning methods to help reduce the spread of the virus in the home, and also must-have tools to keep on hand while you're out on the go.

"With the flu season kicking into high gear, it's important to make sure you're taking the appropriate steps to help reduce the spread of the virus in your home, at work and when you're on the go," said Johnson. "Cleaning common touchpoints is key, especially if fever has been present. Take a few extra minutes each day, or a few hours each week, to help keep you and your family healthy this flu season."

Here are a few of the expert tips on how to sweep out the germs:

  • Vacuum and steam floor surfaces regularly.
  • Wipe down common touch points regularly, more when the virus is present.
  • Keep hand soap stocked in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Keep fresh hand towels and encourage each home member to use their own.
  • Keep tissues readily available in areas of the home where your family spends most their time.
  • Change clothes as soon as kids get home from school and parents from work, eliminating outside germs to spread in the home.
  • Run vinegar through your washing machine each month to keep your system running clean and trouble-free.
  • Clean all electronic surfaces (tablets, phones, gaming systems, ear buds, etc.) especially if they're taken outside the home.

Don't let the flu season hold you back. Follow Merry Maids on Facebook page and Twitter for even more home cleaning tips. Follow ServiceMaster Clean on its blog and LinkedIn for the latest commercial cleaning news and tips.

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 48 states and the District of Columbia through approximately 370 company-owned locations and franchised outlets. The company also provides home cleaning services in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom and has licensing arrangements whereby licensees provide these services in Hong Kong, Japan, South America, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids employs more than 8,000 home cleaning professionals that service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Go to for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at and

About ServiceMaster Clean

With approximately 4,000 franchised and licensed locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide a range of residential and commercial services including cleaning, janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care, and residential carpet and upholstery cleaning. ServiceMaster Clean is a business unit of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Visit for more information.

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at or

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