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Cintas release 4.28

April 28, 2011

Study Reveals U.S. Adults Prefer Businesses that Use Green Cleaning Products and Practices

CINCINNATI – In honor of Earth Month, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) recently commissioned a survey revealing that 84 percent of U.S. adults prefer to do business with a company that uses green cleaning products and practices. The telephone poll was conducted by Harris Interactive® in March 2011 among more than 1,000 adults ages 18 and older.

"Today’s consumers are environmentally-conscious and expect the businesses they patronize to use green cleaning practices," said Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President, Cintas Facility Services. "This research affirms that using environmentally-friendly cleaning products and practices has a positive impact on the environment and can help drive repeat business."

The survey also discovered that many consumers have strong opinions regarding green cleaning. In fact, one in three adults (34 percent) strongly agree that they prefer to do business with companies that use green cleaning methodologies. Younger U.S. adults, ages 18-34, show the strongest preference as 47 percent strongly agree.

Ranked by Newsweek as a top 50 green company within its industry, Cintas prides itself on its sustainable cleaning approach to help businesses enhance their image, provide a healthy environment and satisfy customers. Many of Cintas’ cleaning products are Green Seal® certified and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) program. In addition, its cleaning chemical dispensing platform delivers package-free concentrated products to reduce the amount of resources consumed and waste.

"Green cleaning helps protect human health while promoting environmental quality," said Pamela Coleman, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Cintas. "Cintas’ cost-effective, sustainable facility services enable businesses to reduce packaging and waste while promoting a healthy, clean atmosphere."

Cintas offers a wide range of sustainable solutions that enable businesses to build their image and increase profitability and productivity. These solutions improve the comfort and well-being of customers and employees. Whether you need restocking services, floor mat services, chemicals, cleaning tools or regular deep cleaning, Cintas can customize a green program to meet your needs.

This survey was conducted by phone within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Cintas from March 24-27, 2011, among 1,018 adults ages 18 and older. Results were weighted to reflect the U.S. adult population. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Kim Syrios at ksyrios@mulberrymc.com.

For more information, please visit www.cintas.com/green.

About Cintas:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor''s 500 Index.