Mister Kleen was founded by Ernest and Mary Ann Clark. The company began as a small business operating from the family home providing janitorial and maintenance services consisting of office, retail, window cleaning, snow removal and landscaping. Later a special services division was started, providing water and fire restoration, floor care, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and many other needed services. From the start, Mister Kleen was a family affair, with the entire family pitching in to clean the very first contracts during the evenings while the Clarks continued with their day jobs. Ernest and Mary Ann’s son, Ernest Jr. (“Ernie”), and daughters, Dianna and Cindy, worked alongside their parents. They would all pile into their old Ford Gran Torino station wagon with mops, brooms and the household vacuum cleaner, and work around the clock. Evenings were occupied with cleaning the Ford Motor Company District Office and the J.W. Bateson Construction Company. They also would maintain the grounds of these facilities on the weekends. The Mister Kleen office consisted of a vintage 1940s typewriter that Mary Ann’s father had given her, and a desk constructed from an unfinished door on two sawhorses.