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July 19, 2012

What Stinks? Cintas Highlights Offensive Summer Smells and Tips for Combating Them

CINCINNATI — Recent record temperatures across the nation have left people searching for activities to help them take a break from the heat. However, higher temperatures can mean more than just oppressive heat and humidity – they can also create less than pleasant odors. To help facility managers combat odors before they become a problem, the Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), today announced the top sources of offensive summer scents.

“Regardless of the facility type, a bad scent can displease guests and be a source of complaints during the summer,” said John Engel, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas Facility Services. “By understanding the causes of these odors and implementing prevention techniques, many can be easily eliminated.”

Ranked from most to least offensive, Cintas’ list of the top bad summer scents includes:

1. Trash. Dumpsters are a haven for odors, but this can be a particular issue in the summer months. Keep doors closed to prevent the smell of garbage from creeping into the facility and ensure dumpsters are regularly cleaned to limit odors.

2. Restrooms. As the summer months bring many families to parks, pools and recreation facilities, restroom odors can be heightened due to increased traffic. Limit odors by implementing a restroom maintenance program to ensure surfaces are regularly deep cleaned, protected and maintained. Time release air fresheners can also help neutralize odors with pleasant fragrances.

3. Dirty towels. Towels used to clean up spills, restroom surfaces and counters absorb a variety of liquids and solid substances that can generate odors over time. Avoid letting dirty towels sit for an extended period of time by implementing a regular pick-up rental laundry program.

4. Grout lines. In facilities with tiled surfaces, debris and contaminants can collect quickly causing a build-up in grout lines—and subsequent scents. Deep clean grout lines regularly to remove build-up and prevent bad odors.

5. Mops. Dirty mops can not only breed harmful bacteria, they are also a source of rancid odors that can spread beyond the supply closet. Regularly launder mops to keep them smelling fresh-- and floors clean and safe.

6. Air conditioning units. Over time, coils and filters in air conditioning units can become dirty and circulate bad odors throughout a building. Using a regular deep cleaning service that keeps pans, coils and unit parts free of dirt and bacteria can eliminate the air conditioner as a potential odor source.

7. Mold. Summer thunderstorms and hurricanes can often result in flooding and leaking in various areas of a facility. To remove water and the potential for mold growth following a flood, work with an emergency cleanup service provider that uses ozone generators to quickly remove water and potential odor contributors.

8. Carpet. Carpeting in entryways or other high traffic areas can provide an optimal environment for the development of mildew in humid environments if not regularly deep cleaned. Mildew can also develop when carpets are deep cleaned but not thoroughly dried. Reduce the potential for odors and downtime with an ongoing deep cleaning system that uses fast-drying techniques.

“Facility cleanliness is a vital component of overall customer satisfaction,” said Engel. “By proactively establishing cleaning programs and techniques, facilities can remain productive throughout the year.”

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About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.