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In the 1980s, with still little awareness about the negative health and environmental impacts of toxin-rich cleaners, one man felt that something wasn’t right. A sales executive for a chemical supply company, at the time, Jim Rimer grew disturbed by the harmful side effects he witnessed among customers and colleagues, from skin rashes to respiratory problems and worse. So when his attempts to implement safety and educational trainings on the use of those products led to his firing, he vowed to find natural, effective alternatives, and Biokleen was born.
Cleaning carpets for seed money, Jim spent his nights studying chemistry and botany to formulate what would become Biokleen’s first leading-edge product, All Purpose Cleaner II. (All Purpose Cleaner I just wasn’t good enough for Jim.) In his Portland, Oregon garage, with only a drum and wooden oar, he designed cleaners powerful enough for the commercial industry he knew. Word caught on about the man who sold truly effective, plant-based janitorial products, and soon families began requesting smaller bottles for their homes.
As demand for Biokleen products increased, Jim’s daughter, Cindy, took on the company’s books, soaking in all she could about the nascent naturals industry. With hard work and progressive insight, Cindy moved up the ladder and into an executive, visionary role. She began cultivating retailers—plus a league of brand enthusiasts!—and developing sales and market strategies that helped the business grow. With its move to Vancouver, WA, in 2003, Biokleen expanded its production and renown across the U.S., from farmer’s markets to online stores to individual customers and families. Next Spring, Biokleen will celebrate its twenty-fifth year since Jim Rimer’s first sale, in March 1989.
For inquiries on our line of Professional & Carpet Cleaning products please call 800-477-0188
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