February 11, 2008 // Franchising.com // - St. Louis, Missouri, USA …Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, is introducing a new program called "Stratus Sani-Proof" that kills dangerous bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria often found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, locker rooms, medical offices and hospitals.
The Stratus Sani-Proof cleaning program is being introduced at all Stratus Building Solutions cleaning franchises in 13 states as a result of growing public concerns about MRSA and other infections sometimes carried by people who have been recently hospitalized, undergone a medical procedure, or been in contact with persons carrying such bacteria.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO, said, "Stratus Building Solutions is among the first commercial cleaning service franchisors in the nation to offer this specialized type of sanitary cleaning program, which utilizes disinfectants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to kill MRSA and other transferable bacteria."
MRSA outbreaks are typified by pustules or boils which may be swollen and painful on the skin or in the nose of otherwise healthy people. Delayed treatment can lead to serious complications and illness, and potentially even death.
"The 'Stratus Sani-Proof cleaning program is safe for use on all common surfaces, such as in classrooms, locker rooms, playground areas, libraries, health clubs, hospitals, clinics and offices, and in all facilities where people gather," Jarrett said. "It involves a hygienic cleaning process to kill germs and bacteria of virtually every kind, including those known to be infectious and easily transferred," he said.
"MRSA has been in the news because of outbreaks which have caused illness and which potentially can lead to death if untreated," Jarrett said. "We are adding the Stratus Sani-Proof cleaning program to our portfolio of commercial cleaning services because of inquiries we have received from customers across the United States, who are concerned about potential staph infections and surface-to-people transfer of bacteria."
Pete Frese, president of Stratus Building Solutions, said factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted include skin-to-skin contact and, also, bacteria transfer from a surface that has been contaminated by an infected person, especially if a person has an open cut or abrasion.
"The media have made more people aware of MRSA and our company is responding to such concerns with the Stratus Sani-Proof program," Frese said.
Founded in 2004, Stratus Building Solutions currently has Master Franchises and franchisees in Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, with plans for expansion in 2008. The firm's headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in suburban St. Louis.
Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different cleaning service franchise plans providing modern, "environmentally safe" cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support to franchisees. Franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages.
For information, please see the website www.stratusclean.com or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 1.877.731.2020. Media relations contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.