The Cleanfax Story

For over 35 years, Cleanfax has provided cleaning and restoration professionals with information designed to help them manage and grow their businesses.

Cleanfax magazine is available in print and online in order to share valuable cleaning and restoration tips with the entire industry.

Much more than just a magazine, Cleanfax offers technical tips, business management strategies and trending content important to the cleaning and restoration industry available on all devices and platforms: Print, digital, newsletter, video and social media.

Humble Origins

Cleanfax is the brainchild of John Downey, now the chairman of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI).

It began in the mid-1980s under a different name as the official publication (originally a newsletter) of a regional trade association, the United Carpet Cleaners Institute (UCCI).

Over the course of a few years, it grew into a magazine and was renamed Cleanfax. Beginning in March 1989, Cleanfax was distributed nationally, with the UCCI sponsoring one of several regional editions.

John wore many hats in the early days, as publisher, editor, writer, ad salesman, designer, and more.

Eventually, as Cleanfax became the leading media publication for the cleaning and restoration industries, John sold the publication to NTP Media. As the magazine continued to grow and flourish, Cleanfax was purchased by Grand View Media Group and later by ISSA in 2016.


Cleanfax Today

Today, Cleanfax is a media brand for ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, with more than 10,500 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, residential cleaning, and associated service members.

Stay up to date with Cleanfax by following us on social media, viewing our events page, and subscribing to our weekly and bi-weekly newsletters!

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