Q: What happens when a pilot, a retired LA County Sheriff Deputy, and a biochemist walk into a bar?


Longtime friends, Steve Lach and Lyle Smith, co-founded
CLEANO Inc. in 2012.

Smith was a twenty year veteran with the Los Angeles Sheriff Department who had specialized in hazardous materials. Lach had trained as a pilot and serviced airplanes and helicopters at Del Monte Aviation, Monterey Airport in California.

From 2007 until 2011, they co-owned a successful microbrewery near Yosemite in California together.

Now if you've ever cleaned brewery equipment, you already know it's NOT a good time.

Cleaning fermentation vats and equipment is a dirty job with lots of scrubbing involved. After one of the big cleans, Smith and Lach were enjoying a well-deserved beer when they realized they could benefit from a powerful industrial cleaner and degreaser that got the job done.

But they craved a solution that a) contained less harsh and toxic chemicals and b) had less impact on the environment.

At the time Lyle suffered from chemically induced dermatitis, and for the life of him, couldn't clear it up. He had tried other green cleaning products without luck, and was actively looking for a better solution.

And Steve knew pilots and aircraft crew were tired of having to glove up and use various protective gear when washing planes or helicopters - or risk inhaling the cleaning products and a bout of itchy skin.

Effectively, they needed a cleaner that was simply greener than what was on the market already.

Steve's brother had over twenty years of biochemistry experience, along with a Masters in biology, and decided to join Team CLEANO® during the development phase.

Together they set out to create a powerful cleaner that was free of harmful chemicals, known as VOCs, that can cause respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and cancers. (More information on VOCs here.)

It took several formulations to meet all of their criteria, but together they developed a revolutionary and truly green cleaning alternative, CLEANO®.  

Today CLEANO® is used to clean the manliest toys known on Earth.

We're talking fighter jets, GLOCK pistols, and law enforcement helicopters.

But (and we're not joking) CLEANO® is also is safe and gentle enough to use in your home and laundry.

Word of mouth in law enforcement and construction circles has allowed the company to expand and grow in the aviation, weapons, and industrial sectors.

From garages to construction sites, airplane hangars to toy haulers, and gunsmiths shops to massive clean rooms, you'll find real men and women are using CLEANO® on their most beloved (and filthy) possessions.

Team CLEANO® is on a mission to make NON-TOXIC GREEN CLEANING a way of life for real rough and tumble men and women worldwide.


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Watch more video testimonials from real men using CLEANO® on our YouTube channel.

And psst...we're social too:


CLEANO Inc. is a proud Corporate Member of the following associations:


American Jail Association (AJA)

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)


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Team CLEANO knows you're waiting, like a B-52 bomber, to try our revolutionary product on your special project or worksite. We process and fulfill all orders as quickly as possible, and want you to understand our general shipping timeline and policy.

Here's what we can promise:

NEED A QUICKER TURNAROUND TIME? Call Team CLEANO at (855) 962-7562 before ordering. If we have the inventory in stock we can often accommodate your request.

Other important shipping notes:

* Orders are shipped to the delivery address noted in the customer order. 
* We do not guarantee delivery or shipment dates.
* We attempt to fulfill all orders using the option selected during checkout, but reserve the right to make modifications due to unexpected carrier issues or limitations.
* Items of differing size and weight may ship independently, by different methods, even if ordered together.


Online orders are shipped via either United States Postal Service (USPS) and FedEx.

If you need us to fulfill your order using UPS, please call. 

We ship internationally and to all fifty states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. If our online store is unable to calculate shipping, please order by phone by calling (855) 962-7562.

Prefer to use your own company's UPS or FedEx account? If you're in the United States & your order's weight is 8.5 lbs or heavier, you may select this option during online checkout. We'll contact you to work out the details.

Freight Orders

There may be an additional shipping fee for truck deliveries. Someone must be present to accept truck deliveries. Standard truck delivery is to a dock facility designed to receive freight. Twenty-four hour notification, residential deliveries, lift gate, or inside deliveries are available for an additional charge. Call Team CLEANO at (855) 962-7562 to request these or any other features.

International Orders

We proudly ship our product internationally. International shipments can sometimes take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks after being fulfilled to arrive at their destination.

With regards to international orders, you, the buyer, are responsible for any VAT, tariff, duty, taxes, handling fees, customs clearance charges, etc. required by your country for importing consumer goods. We do not collect this beforehand, and cannot give you an estimate of the cost, because it varies widely around the world. If a package is returned or rejected for any reason, you will have to pay for re-shipment postage.

Damaged and/or Lost Orders

Is your order MIA? (Or worse, KIA?) 

Then please use our contact form to reach out to us.

Officially, we cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen packages that have delivery confirmation. But we'll contact the carrier on your behalf and do everything in our power to make things right.

If your shipment arrives damaged, email us within 5 business days with photographic evidence. Be aware, we may require you to file a claim with the carrier for damaged and/or lost shipments.

But our team will get your replacement order on it's way to you ASAP.


 Updated:  Due to Covid-19 we will NOT be accepting or issuing any returns or refunds  All sales are final. 


Limitations of Liability

In no event shall CLEANO Inc. or any of its subsidiaries, sales representatives, contractors, or affiliates be liable for indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages including but not limited to loss of use, loss of data, loss of business or profits. Note: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

Warranty Limitations

CLEANO Inc. makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and disclaims all other warranties, including without limitation implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and conformity to models or samples. Some states do not allow limitations on implied warranties so these limitations may not apply to you. Prices and quotes are subject to change without notice.

CLEANO Inc. cannot guarantee that our products will remove every type of stain on any given surface. The fact of the matter is some stains may become permanent due to what the stain is derived from, the surface or fabric type which contains the stain, and the length of time the stain has been present.

Prices and quotes are subject to change without notice. We are not responsible for typographical errors.