R-7 Facilities Services recognized for outstanding green cleaning

April 16, 2014 

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is once again being recognized for the district’s environmentally friendly cleaning as well as efforts to ensure that district resources are protected and well-maintained. Host Dry Carpet Cleaning, headquartered in Wisconsin, recently highlighted the R-7 School District in a 16-page case study while incorporating several “green” cleaning ideas from R-7 staff members into the Host carpet cleaning manual.

According to Host officials, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Facilities Services Department was selected for the case study based on the condition of R-7 carpets and floors, including many carpets in high-traffic areas that are up to 15 years old. The case study was called “Carpet in Schools Can Outperform Hard Surface with No Downtime and No Spots Wicking Back – Missouri School District Maintains Superior Appearance at a Fraction of Previous Costs.”

The study focuses on the district’s use of innovative methods to save time and money, maximizing the dollars available for educating students.

During 2012, Host officials visited Lee’s Summit R-7 schools over a two-day period, examining carpets and other floor coverings, talking to Facilities Services staff members and photographing and videotaping staff members at work.

The case study was recently released and includes photographs and information from several R-7 schools of various ages, including Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Summit Lakes Middle School, Longview Farm Elementary and Underwood Elementary.

The 16-page case study focuses on the school custodians’ use of the Host Liberator, a machine that dry cleans carpets, ceramic tile and grout. Host officials were especially impressed with the well-maintained R-7 carpets in schools of all ages, said Sandy Cruse, R-7 evening assistant custodial supervisor/district trainer.

After visiting Lee’s Summit R-7, Host staff members incorporated several tips provided by the district’s Facilities Services employees into the manual, including tips focusing on the district’s use of ionized-water technology and microfiber cloths for cleaning. These methods reduce the use of chemical cleaners within the school environment.

The R-7 School District was also recognized for its thorough training of custodial staff members in proper use of the Host equipment, environmentally friendly cleaning techniques and its focus on keeping older carpets in excellent condition.

Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members and schools are also included in photos within the case study, photos in the Host company manual and a video posted on YouTube featuring Tommy Curtis, a custodian at Lee’s Summit North High School.

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