Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

In the February issue of Housekeeping Solutions magazine, we featured an article on successful methods for treating gym floors. One of the facilities highlighted was University of Wisconsin’s Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Kohl Center while attending the high school state championships and I have to say, I was pleased with what I saw — specifically in regards to the entry systems, restrooms and wood floor.

Upon my arrival, it was obvious to see that the custodial crew in this facility took great pride in appearance. Entryway matting was placed perfectly to minimize tracked-in dirt and debris, floors were clean and buffed to a shine and the vast amounts of windows were crystal clear to allow in as much natural light as possible.

As I moved further into the facility, I quickly noticed well-placed restrooms that received constant attention from cleaning crews. Paper products were well stocked throughout the day and trash removed to maintain a clean and orderly restroom.

Even further into the facility, I sat in my stadium seat to observe the basketball game, but instead found my mind wondering. I couldn’t help but think about the 210 maple pieces that make up the gym floor hovering over hockey ice. Then I thought about the thousands of people within the facility at that one moment who potentially overlooked all three of these observations.

The custodial crew at the Kohl Center obviously takes pride in their work. Although overlooked by many, the hard work and dedication to clean was noticeable to this visitor.