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What Stanley Steemer did for Boca’s special needs nonprofit

When Stanley Steemer showed up to sanitize the HabCenter for free before their clients and staff return, director Bob DiRocco didn’t know what to expect.

The center had to close to comply with state and county ordered coronavirus protections. “Typically there’s a personal relationship,” he said about community support for the nonprofit that helps people with special needs find productive work and activities.

Stanley Steemer’s no stranger to providing services to nonprofits that can’t afford to pay. But this was their first time at the HabCenter that reached out to them. In fact, the 12-acre campus on Boca Rio Road was no small pro bono job for the Delray Beach-based disinfecting and cleaning firm.

HabCenter has a large building, smaller structures and a gigantic nursery of plants usually bought in bulk. Stanley Steemer even sanitized their bus, DiRocco said.

The firm uses a product in their air duct cleaning that is EPA-approved to kill other types of viruses. They electrostatically spray Vital Oxide with equipment. “We were paying for extra cleaning. This was way above what people can do by hand, a whole other level than somebody wiping it down with Clorox,” DiRocco said.

Mike Scalera, director of business development for Stanley Steemer of South Florida, said he was glad he was there to represent the company. “We didn’t put a cap on how big the area was. It took a couple hours,” he said.

“It brought them peace of mind, a good feeling when everyone eventually comes back to the space, it’s a disinfected area.”

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