Wichita Public Schools has earned many achievements. With enrollment at a little over 51 thousand, the district’s graduation rate has risen 21 percent in the last four years. More than 32.5 million dollars in scholarships were awarded to the district’s high school graduates in 2014, and the Wichita Business Journal honored them with the Healthiest Employers Award for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. According to Custodial Supervisor Danny Morfin, the district’s focus on health sets the tone for the entire cleaning program, motivating them to clean for health with green products including ProTeam® backpack vacuums.
“Our primary objective is health,” said Morfin. “When you have a healthy school, the appearance will follow, but if you focus on the appearance, you won’t necessarily get a healthy clean.”
Morfin has worked in professional cleaning for the last 35 years. When ProTeam introduced the original lightweight backpack vacuum in the late ‘80s, Morfin adopted it early on. When he joined Wichita Public Schools in 2007, they were using upright vacuums for 90 percent of cleaning and had just a few backpacks.
“I introduced the staff to the ProTeam Super Coach Pro 6 and asked them to try it out and make comparisons to their old uprights,” said Morfin. “When I came back to pick up the demo units, they said, ‘I want to keep this.’”
Now the ProTeam Super Coach Pro® 6 makes up about 80 percent of a fleet of 250 vacuums. The custodial staff also uses ProTeam ProForce® 1500XP HEPA uprights and GoFree® Pro cordless backpacks for specific tasks. All of their ProTeam vacuums feature advanced filtration to support the district’s goal to clean for health.
“We keep uprights at strategic locations in the building to do quick spot cleaning like vacuuming entryway matting or cleaning as needed in areas without a lot of obstacles,” said Morfin. “In classrooms, open areas, libraries, and areas with obstacles to maneuver, the backpacks perform better.”
The average classroom in the district is about 700 square feet. Their ProTeam backpacks clean each classroom in three to four minutes. With their old uprights, it took twice as long. According to Morfin, the time saved allows the staff to allocate more time to other areas and tasks, while improving their overall service. He has also noticed reduced equipment maintenance and repairs from using ProTeam backpacks.
“They are not high maintenance machines,” said Morfin. “We use each backpack for three to four hours a night, five nights a week, all year long. We use them heavily, but repair is minimal.”
The GoFree Pro cordless backpack vacuums accompany the project team that goes from school to school while doing detail work and cleaning hard to reach areas. They use a scissor lift to vacuum high vents and ledges. Without a cord hanging from the lift or extra extension cords to reach, the task is safer and faster to complete.
They have also used the GoFree Pro to vacuum along all the baseboards in a room at once. Without the need to change outlets, this considerably speeds up the process. All of these adaptations have allowed Morfin’s staff to clean faster, more thoroughly, and offer the district’s students a healthier place to learn.
“We are very visible in the community, and the way the buildings look represents the importance of education. The classroom is a distraction from learning if it’s not clean,” said Morfin. “When we chose our vacuums, we could have chosen any brand that met our needs by being reliable, cost efficient, and comfortable for our workers. ProTeam’s vacuums met those needs.”
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