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January 23, 2012
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Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PCHS)™ Makes ProTeam Backpack Vacuums a Preferred Product

(BOISE, IDAHO) Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PCHS), an innovative new cleaning method, has named ProTeam® backpack vacuums preferred products, signifying that they meet the highest standards for cleaning in education facilities.

PCHS trains custodial workers with a standardized workflow and cleaning specialization based on a detailed plan for daily and deep cleaning. It was founded by Rex Morrison who, after working at Washoe County Public Schools in Reno, Nev., adapted the principles of Team Cleaning® into a Team/Zone-cleaning process targeted at K-12 schools.

By implementing ergonomic tools, green cleaning agents, a streamlined workflow, and timing and logging tasks, Morrison was able to save the Washoe County Public School District thousands of dollars in the first year. Now many schools and even commercial cleaning operations have implemented PCHS’s remarkably effective method.

In order to achieve those huge savings, Morrison first realized that the general lack of measurable standards in the cleaning industry is unacceptable. If he couldn’t figure out exactly how his staff cleaned and how long each task took, then he couldn’t improve their methods and practices.

Industry standard tools like the upright vacuum make it more difficult for custodial workers to clean with consistent times and results. By replacing the worn-out industry standards with innovative, ergonomic alternatives such as ProTeam’s powerhouse backpack vacuum, the Super CoachVac®, Morrison was able to shift the focus of his cleaning program from cleaning for appearance to Cleaning for Health®.

“The impetus behind the expansion of Process Cleaning was our tools—ProTeam backpack vacuums, microfiber, and spray-and-vacuum machines,” says Morrison. “Take one away and we could not do what we do. Basically, there’s no way we could find any type of effective time management with an upright or dust mop. We needed a way to clean better and faster than we had in the previous mindset.”

After Morrison achieved success with PCHS, other backpack vacuum companies approached him, asking him to exclusively use their product for process cleaning. When he tested the other backpack vacuums, they didn’t live up to the hype.

“Every company had great claims, but either the CFM wasn’t high enough or the backpack would break down. If you want a vacuum you can kick, drop, work day in and day out and it keeps on running, there’s no other choice. I’m 100 percent for ProTeam. They’re the only way to go. Nothing out there can compete.”

Not only is the Super CoachVac faster to maneuver around classrooms crowded with desks and chairs, but its powerful suction captures 43 percent more dirt and dust than other vacuums. Four Level® Filtration filters 99.9 percent of impurities down to 1 micron in size. (A micron is about 1/70th the width of a human hair.)

“The national average in K-12 cleaning is 21,000 square feet per person, but we were able to bring that up to 27,000 square feet,” says Morrison.

Cleaning for the health and safety of building occupants rather than just for appearance, Morrison’s cleaning program had some unintended, but beneficial, side effects. Average daily attendance went up by 6.5 percent. Many schools receive funding based on daily attendance and could greatly increase their resources by implementing a system like PCHS’s with ProTeam’s backpack vacuum.

“We don’t clean for appearance anymore, we clean for health. We can go to any school district and guarantee cleaner, more germ free student and staff spaces in less time.”

To learn how Process Cleaning can benefit your school, visit or contact Rex Morrison at 775-530-8933 or

ProTeam® ( became a global phenomenon in the commercial cleaning world in 1987 after introducing a game-changing design innovation, the lightweight backpack vacuum. Scientific studies and maintenance crews consistently find ProTeam vacuums save time, money and resources while improving indoor air quality. In 2009, Emerson—a diversified global manufacturing and technology company—acquired ProTeam, and the legacy of innovation continues with a full range of vacuums and floorcare tools designed to tackle every cleaning situation.

Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PCHS) is a non-profit consortium with a mission of “schools helping schools.” The process optimizes efficiency, cleanliness, ease of deployment and health factors through a carefully designed and documented system tailored for K-12 school districts. For more information, visit or contact Rex Morrison at

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