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With staffing shortages and a spotlight on hotel cleanliness since the pandemic, housekeeping professionals experienced a challenging year. To acknowledge and honor these hardworking individuals, Cintas Corporation today opened nominations for its 2022 Cintas S.H.I.N.E. (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Awards.

The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and additional prizes for their property. The awards program is open to housekeeping professionals employed at hospitality properties in the United States. Submit nominations at CintasShineAwards.com through Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.

“Clean has a new meaning because of the pandemic, which is why it’s so important to celebrate the talented professionals in the hospitality industry who’ve been helping properties bring guests back with confidence,” said Nicole Beall, Cintas Vice President of Hospitality & Gaming. “Cintas is thrilled to honor and recognize hospitality housekeeping professionals who’ve gone above and beyond to support their properties amidst current challenges within the industry.”

The grand prize winner’s property will also receive:

• $2,500 in cleaning and hygiene products and services from Cintas

• A training and development package from the Indoor Environmental Healthcare and Hospitality Association (IEHA), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, valued at $3,500

• The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, will offer all finalists complimentary enrollment in the GBAC Infectious Disease Awareness Course, valued at $500 total

• A comprehensive product package from Rubbermaid Commercial Products, valued at more than $2,300


The nine runners-up and their hospitality properties will each receive a prize package valued at more than $1,800, which includes: a $500 cash prize for each runner-up, and each runner-up’s hospitality property will receive a complimentary one-year membership to IEHA, a free IEHA training course, enrollment in the GBAC Infectious Disease Awareness Courses and a Rubbermaid Commercial Products housekeeping cart for their property. 

The program is open to U.S.-based employees in the hospitality industry who work in a housekeeping role. The judging panel, which includes hospitality expert and television and podcast host Anthony Melchiorri, and representatives from Cintas, IEHA, GBAC and Rubbermaid, will review the nominations and select the winner and runners-up based on the quality of the entries.