Demand dropping for cleaning services during coronavirus pandemic

Raven Brown
Updated: March 25, 2020 05:50 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 05:21 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With many worried about catching coronavirus, cleaning services are seeing a drop in demand for residential and commercial buildings. 

“Everybody thinks that we’re so busy, everybody thinks that we were going to be running out of supplies and I thought that at first, we were going to be running out of supplies,” Missy Gering, owner of Flower City Cleaning, said. 


Missy said while janitorial services are up, when it comes to homes many residents are practicing social distancing from their services.

“Business just kind of went down we’ve dropped by I think 60 percent of our employees just because 60 percent of our business has dropped off,” Missy said. 

Gering said on a normal day they’re cleaning up to 20 homes a day and now that’s down to four. 

“Unfortunately for the last couple days we’ve started to hear, ‘I lost my job’ or ‘My husband lost his job and we don’t know how long this is going to go on for,’” Missy said. 

When they are cleaning, technicians are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread. 

“We’re wiping down all of our equipment with sanitary wipes to make sure there is not a transfer of anything from one house to another,” Officer Manager Scott Gering said.

He said this transition has been a hard time for the company.

“Quite frankly it’s sad because I would much rather be dealing with a lack of supplies than telling my employees I’m sorry there is no more work,” Scott said. 

Urging people to continue to support local businesses in any way they can. 

“We have to take care of our economy just the way we’re taking care of our elderly and those with compromised immune systems,” Scott said.

Flower City Cleaning is also now offering non-contact work to keep up with business which includes dog walking, car detailing and yard work, basement cleaning and garage cleanout. 

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