Queen of Clean Service Committed to Helping Cancer Patients & First Responders
By Lucy Lee



Santa Barbara, CA – May 22, 2020 – Queen of Clean Service, Inc. has been generously donating cleaning services to local cancer patients for the past nine months through their partnership with nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason. Owner Rosario Zapatai is committed to continue extending her reach to helping even more cancer patients.

“I have always been sensitive to the trauma of cancer suffered by people I care about,” said Zapata. “My mother-in-law as well as many clients whom I have served during the last 30 years have faced a difficult battle with cancer. Cleaning for a Reason has been a sensational vehicle to reach out to cancer patients who are undergoing treatment and in need of some help with house cleaning.

Zapata emphasized, “During this COVID-19 crisis, our company continues to provide our highest level of cleaning to all clients, especially the cancer patients and first responders. As my daughter is a nurse, we recognize the dedication of first responders to keep us all safe. To ensure the safety of our clients and employees, we are following CDC guidelines regarding hand washing, social distancing, and wearing gloves, masks, and booties. We are using an EPA-approved disinfectant in home cleanings. Cleaning is more than our passion—it’s our calling.”

Through partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, Queen of Clean Service serves two cancer patients’ homes per month for two consecutive months free of charge. This is an ongoing service to cancer patients residing in the south coast of Santa Barbara County, including the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. 

About Queen of Clean Service, Inc.
Queen of Clean Service provides residential and commercial cleaning, carpet and window cleaning, power washing, and hauling services. The company was recognized as the 2019 “Best of Santa Barbara Readers’ Choice” house cleaning company. Owner Rosario Zapata has dyslexia and even though she continues to struggle with this learning disability, she has been able to establish and run her business and continue to actively volunteer in her community. For more information about the company, see queenofcleanservice.com.

In 1983, when Rosario Zapata was 17 years old, she did not speak English but was able to start working as a full-time maid. After being a live-in maid for a few years, she began to clean houses on her own, while learning how to drive and attending English classes at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). There she was referred to Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS). She discovered that she was dyslexic, which came as a relief because she finally understood why she struggled all her life with reading and writing. 

In 1988, Zapata established her business and Queen of Clean Service, Inc. was born. While running the business, Zapata routinely volunteered at a local hospital, provided childcare for small children at her church, and was very involved in her three children’s schools. She has been a board member of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and has established new programs, organized and helped in meetings, presentations, and celebrations, and often served lunch or dinner to participating families. She has also been a board member of Child Evangelist Fellowship (CEF). She currently is active in her church and serves as an usher. Zapata has a huge heart for supporting family and community in any way that she can.

About Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason partners with more than 1,200 residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to any household battling cancer. Since 2006, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $14 million in services, helping more than 40,000 cancer patients. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see cleaningforareason.org.