SmartClean® Emphasizes Vetting Cleaning Firms

SmartClean of Iowa recommended vetting your cleaning firms prior to working in your medical facility.

WEST DES MOINES, IA, January 3, 2022 — As Iowa businesses and organizations reflect on 2021 and the unique health and safety challenges they faced, SmartClean® is encouraging these establishments to reevaluate their commercial cleaning needs in the new year. Sasha Francic, President of SmartClean®, says that understanding what cleaning firms do and how they do it is only part of the consideration when addressing health and safety challenges.

“You have to be able to trust your cleaning company to do the right thing,” Francic said. “Expertise is essential for creating a sanitized environment. They should always be working with you to prevent workplace disruptions and help everyone feel safer.”

To offer the best possible protection for area businesses and organizations, Francic suggests the following questions for reviewing your commercial cleaner’s safety, effectiveness, and trustworthiness:

1. Can they generate a complete scope of work? Reputable cleaning companies will clearly outline their exact services for an agreed-upon price. The more specific their breakdown of services, the more likely you are dealing with a high-quality organization.

2. Can they provide the chemicals’ safety data sheets (SDS) and manufacturer’s recommendations for use? Clients have a right to know what tools their cleaner is working with, what they do, and how effective they can be. It is crucially important for both safety and effectiveness that your vendor fully understands chemical uses and ratios.

3. Do they have any third-party certifications? Certifications from the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and other accredited organizations ensure that a business fully understands the science and safety of top cleaning practices. A lack of certifications is not a deal-breaker – they require additional investment, which can be difficult for a small business – but the backing of industry groups can assure you that a company is exceptional.

4. Do they use contractors or employees to clean? In most cases, employers with full-time staff offer benefits and pay more than firms utilizing contractors. Both structures are common in the industry, but full-time employees are more likely to work for established companies with a higher standard of service.

5. Is the vendor communicating with you? A company that is slow to respond to your calls, texts, and emails may indicate poor management, suggesting there may be problems with performance and follow-through. Professionals will quickly respond to questions and concerns at every stage of your relationship.

Maintaining a safer and healthier environment for staff and clients should be the goal of every business and organization. Working with a professional and accredited cleaning company will offer better results, peace of mind, and fewer distractions in 2022.

Questions? Contact Sasha Francic at 515-331-8940 or

SmartClean® is a West Des Moines, Iowa, cleaning and maintenance company specializing in environmentally safe, green cleaning solutions for your commercial, industrial or medical space in Central Iowa. SmartClean® is the only cleaning company in Iowa to achieve 100% CIMS Green Building Certification. For more information on SmartClean®, please visit


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SmartClean® Invests in Electrostatic Technology to Help Customers Safeguard Their Environments from Illness-causing Germs

SmartClean® Invests in Electrostatic Technology to Help Customers Safeguard Their Environments from Illness-causing Germs

Local commercial cleaning service helps customers save time, labor and costs with award-winning Clorox® Total 360® System


DES MOINES, Iowa, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — SmartClean® is proud to showcase our investment in the Clorox® Total 360® System, an electrostatic technology sprayer, to provide more comprehensive surface disinfection coverage and help prevent the spread of germs on hard, nonporous surfaces that can cause illness.

At SmartClean®, we are committed to doing everything we can to help enhance the safety and well-being of our staff and customers all year round. With the Clorox® Total 360® System, we have enhanced our infection prevention offerings and protocols to help prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Our goal at SmartClean® is to help our customers maintain a safer and healthier environment for their staff and clients by offering one of the best disinfection technologies available and enhanced effective infection control protocols,” said Sasha Francic, President of SmartClean®. “The Clorox® Total 360® System allows us to more effectively and efficiently cover high-touch and hard-to-reach surfaces for a more comprehensive disinfection.”

The Clorox® Total 360® System works by charging and atomizing the Clorox® disinfecting solution, delivering a powerful flow of charged droplets that are attracted to surfaces with a force stronger than gravity. This allows the disinfecting solution to reach and uniformly coat surfaces, including areas where conventional trigger sprays may easily miss.

SmartClean® currently uses the Clorox® Total 360® System to treat a wide variety of our clients’ facilities from warehouses to office buildings. The system can be used on hard, nonporous surfaces from restroom sinks and stalls, desks and tabletops, computer keyboards and mice, to door handles and light switches.

“The Clorox® Total 360® System enables us to do our job better and provides our customers with greater peace of mind,” added Francic. “We are proud to serve our local community with this premium technology and help provide them with enhanced safety against the spread of germs that can cause illness.”

The Clorox® Total 360® Disinfectant Cleaner used with the Clorox® Total 360® System has been approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2 on hard, nonporous surfaces.

To learn more about the Clorox® Total 360® System, click here.

Refer to product label for guidance on approved use sites and surfaces.

No other commercial cleaning company in Iowa meets the same, exacting standards as SmartClean®. That’s not hyperbole. It’s a fact.

SmartClean® is established. Since 2007, SmartClean® has been providing solutions for central Iowa commercial property owners who need contract cleaning, carpet cleaning, electrostatic spraying, hard surface/floor care or post-construction cleaning at multiple sites or a single location. You can count on SmartClean® being here today, tomorrow and for years to come.

SmartClean® is 100-percent certified green cleaning company, according to the Clean Industry Management Standards-Green Building. CIMS-GB is the leader in commercial green cleaning. It not only sets the stand for green products and cleaning but makes sure a company’s policies and procedures align with those stringent guidelines. Being the industry standard-bearing in Iowa, SmartClean® is always one step ahead of the competition with its products, policies and procedures, and sustainability. That’s important to you because it’s very important to your tenants.

SmartClean® is reliable. Commercial property owners and managers face enough tasks and challenges each day. They don’t need another by wondering whether their cleaning contractor will show up, let alone do the job right. With SmartClean®, you won’t be forced into that game of musical chairs, moving from one cleaning contractor to another and sometimes even returning to previous contractors. You’ll have a cleaning company that will be there when expected and meet or exceed your expectations.

SmartClean® is honest and trustworthy. SmartClean® was a nominee for the 2018 Torch Award for Ethics by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). With an A+ rating from the BBB for close to a decade, SmartClean® is dedicated to providing top quality care to all customers.

SmartClean® is the smart choice for your commercial cleaning needs. I encourage you to contact the president of the company, Sasha Francic at 515.331.8940.

SmartClean Invests in Electrostatic Technology to Help Customers Safeguard Their Environments from Illness-causing Germs

Back to Cleaning Basics

Back to Cleaning Basics

​Let’s get back to cleaning basics! The CDC states “Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces.”

“When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility.”

The importance of daily or routine disinfection of shared surfaces cannot be overstated when it comes to preventing the spread of diseases, especially in the context of a global pandemic like we saw with COVID-19.  Prioritizing personal hygiene and incorporating daily disinfection is the frontline defense against viruses such as COVID-19 and Influenza.  These proactive measures are our best defense against the need for widespread lockdowns and restrictions when faced with new illnesses.

Consistently washing your hands, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces is a fundamental preventative measure that plays a critical role in reducing the spread of diseases, protecting public health, and promoting safety in shared spaces.  It should be an integral part of any comprehensive disease prevention strategy. Keeping personal hygiene and daily disinfecting as the number one protection for virucides such as COVID-19 and Influenza is key to getting back to pre-pandemic lifestyles. Washing hands regularly, especially after touching high touch points in commonly shared spaces.

SmartClean® has been applying CDC protocols for over a decade following the guidelines of the Cleaning Industry Management Standards- Green Building (CIMS-GB). All our chemicals are based with soap and green detergents that are all biodegradable. Part of the CIMS-GB process is to clean for health and not just for appearance. This should be a staple of all companies in the janitorial industry. Sanitizing and disinfecting will always be a part of the job specifications.  Our pledge to ensuring clean and safe environments demands a steadfast commitment to these practices.  This essential task not only safeguards the wellbeing of those we serve but also reflects on our unwavering commitment to health and hygiene. 

Medical professionals, scientists, and all experts are continuing to learn about COVID-19. SmartClean® with its green cleaning certification not only uses environmentally friendly cleaning agents but is always monitoring the most effective ways to combat ALL viruses including COVID-19 in facilities. As a society we must remember going back to the basics is a key ingredient.  There are no quick fixes, but returning to fundamental cleaning practices is a sound approach to maintaining good health.

Protecting your facility with the proven systems utilized by SmartClean® is an investment in safety, effectiveness, and peace of mind.  It helps to ensure that your environment is free from harmful pathogens and reduces the risk of disease transmission.  SmartClean® is ISSA CIMS GB certified.  This means that we will consistently provide you with quality service, we will use the best and most efficient equipment, our staff is well trained and our management is committed to always striving to better SmartClean®  as a whole.

At SmartClean® we will continue to strive to gain knowledge regarding the science and technology on the best approaches to combat germs, bacteria, and viruses. We recognize that it is important to stay informed about the latest guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, especially during times of heightened disease transmission.  With our Cleaning Industry Management Standard – Green Building certification, we are committed to staying abreast of the latest guidelines for disease prevention while prioritizing the use of eco-friendly and effective green products. 

For more information about getting back to cleaning basics, and how SmartClean® can help, contact Sasha Francic, President of SmartClean®.

SmartClean® Names Sasha Francic President

SmartClean® Names Sasha Francic President

Zelko Francic steps down as president, paves way for son as head of Des Moines metro commercial cleaning company

Meet Sasha Francic, President of SmartClean of Iowa

Sasha Francic
President, SmartClean®

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 1, 2021
– SmartClean® President Zelko Francic announced he will be stepping down as President effective immediately, passing the torch to his son Sasha Francic. Zelko Francic will remain owner of SmartClean®.

His son, Sasha Francic, will become the second-generation leader of the family business, which started in 2007. Alongside his father, Sasha Francic has been working in the business as the Vice President of Operations to President. He has been successful in cultivating new relationships within SmartClean’s service area and growing the business.


Of his son’s transition to president of the company, SmartClean® owner Zelko Francic said, “Sasha has shadowed all aspects of this company; and he has successfully learned the ins and outs of this business. He has shown a passion and love for this company that is hard to teach. He has an impeccable work ethic and strives to be the best partner he can be for our clients. I am excited for the fresh new look of SmartClean®.”

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About SmartClean®
SmartClean® is a West Des Moines, Iowa, cleaning and maintenance company that specializes in environmentally safe, green-cleaning solutions for your commercial, industrial or medical space in Central Iowa. SmartClean® is the only cleaning company in Iowa to achieve 100% CIMS Green Building Certification. For more information on SmartClean®, please visit:


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Four Things You Should Ask Your Cleaning Company

Four Things You Should Ask Your Cleaning Company

In the aftermath of the recent global pandemic, we’ve learned invaluable lessons about the critical role of regular cleaning and sanitizing in maintaining the health and well-being of both employees and customers. A commitment to thorough cleaning practices isn’t just about visually appearing clean and tidy; it’s a fundamental aspect of ensuring a safe environment for your employees and customers. Routine cleaning and sanitizing not only removes visible dirt but also eliminates unseen threats, safeguarding against the spread of viruses and bacteria.  So – lets expand – what kinds of things should you be asking of your cleaning company?

1) How are you supporting my emergency needs?
a. Due to the nature of the dynamic environments of commercial, industrial, and medical workspaces, cleaning emergencies are an inevitable part of operations.  Spills, accidents and unforeseen incidents can disrupt the normal flow of business.  A trained and responsive team will have experience in handling diverse cleaning emergencies – from something as simple as a messy situation in your break room to a more complex emergency like a medical waste cleanup.  It’s a fact of life that emergencies can and will happen.  

Ask your cleaning company what their response time is; and if there is a set plan in place if you call. Find a cleaning company who can respond to your emergency needs in two hours or less – this way you can breathe easier when the unexpected happens.

2) Will the same cleaner or cleaners continually maintain my facility?
a. This is really important!  Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining a clean and organized facility.  Having the same dedicated cleaning crew or person ensures a level of familiarity with the unique needs of your space.  Do you know who is in your building? Ask for names and badges. Perhaps you already know John Doe who cleans your building and see them every day. However, what happens when the crew falls sick or has time off? There should always be a contingency plan; an additional pool of floaters who are familiar with your building and have the same level of training regarding the cleaning of your facility.  Having this backup team ensures that even in unforeseen circumstances such as illness or unexpected absence, the cleaning standards and familiarity with your space remains uninterrupted.  In general, there should not be a continual stream of new faces. Quality companies hire and retain good people.

3) How do you service accounts with a business or industry like mine?
a. You have met with a cleaning company you like and the company seems like they have the employees and procedures to efficiently service your building. Now what? Ask for details; step by step processes of how they are going to service your building. How will you clean this space? How often will you clean our facility?  What types of cleaning products do you use?  What equipment will you bring in to make your work more efficient? Are you cleaning my competitor? Ask for references of similar spaces; whether it is a comparable industry or size, there should be a clear indication of what type of work has been done prior. If you are looking for warehouse cleaning, you probably want to steer clear of a janitorial service who has never worked in an industrial facility before. Actively seek out a cleaning company with prior experience working in a facility similar to yours.  Ask enough questions to help you gauge the professionalism, reliability and suitability of the cleaning services being offered.

4) Are you CIMS certified?
a. Asking a prospective cleaning company what certifications they hold is not asked often enough. CIMS certification (Certified Industry Management Standard) ensures that a prospective commercial janitorial service has a proven track record of following industry best practices. An added bonus – ask if they are CIMS-GB certified. Green Building is an additional certification ensuring the company is using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients. For example, ask what decibel their equipment runs at – most should not rise above 70 decibels, which is the highest sound level that a human ear can tolerate without feeling discomfort. In other words, you will not cringe or feel annoyance while listening to the equipment. Do not be afraid to dive into the specifics on how they’re keeping your employees safe (more than just using disinfectant) and what procedures they’re implemented to also be friendly to our environment.

Commercial, industrial, and medical cleaning is a partnership. Get to know SmartClean and explore the benefits of our diverse cleaning services.  Take the first step towards a cleaner and healthier space by asking about our tailored solutions.