Editor’s note: This is a weekly series focusing on the importance of buying local.
Cleaning and sanitization are currently of utmost importance, but one of the first things struggling businesses cut are these types of services.
The cleaning service industry has taken some hits since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived earlier this year.
Jessica Shrader, an independent operator of Jessica’s Sonshine Cleaning in Monessen, said she just recently lost two of her bigger customers because of cuts.
However, Shrader has maintained most of her customer base, which includes banks and office spaces in Bentleyville, Speers, Elizabeth and around the Mon Valley.
“I do basic office cleaning, and also clean around their bathrooms and kitchens, remove the garbage. For the most part, I’m doing OK,” Shrader said. “I did recently lose two of my bigger jobs, in Charleroi and Washington.
“I feel bad because the one in Charleroi – Model Cleaners –