Sunday Oct 01, 2023

Iowa cleaning firm penalized $75,000 for claiming it could block COVID

A Des Moines cleaning company will pay a $75,000 penalty for falsely claiming it could prevent the coronavirus from growing on surfaces for up to 90 days, Iowa’s attorney general said Tuesday.

The company, Heritage Building Maintenance, made the claim for its “Test-Treat-Track” process, state officials said. In fact, the cleaning method is approved for controlling certain types of bacteria and fungi, but not viruses, officials said. 

The attorney general’s office said in a news release that the company sold the process to about 65 Iowa customers. The process was used in more than 200 locations in the Des Moines area, including buildings owned by school districts, medical providers and local governments, the release said. 

“As the pandemic began, we shared concerns that companies would try to sell cleaning services based on unfounded claims to prevent the coronavirus, wasting Iowans’ money and potentially harming their health,” Attorney General Tom Miller said in the release. “We were pleased to come to a resolution with Heritage Building Maintenance and to finalize this agreement that refunds customers and puts an end to these claims.”

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