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A busy grade school, wall-to-wall carpeting, and one perfect cleaning solution

September 19, 2010
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In Miles City, Montana, a small grade school recently made a simple switch that had an instant impact. Jefferson School features 10 classrooms and a few offices that host 135 K-12 students, a 20-member teacher and administrative staff, and one custodian.

Monte Massar just started in the school''s solo janitorial position this spring, after the former custodian retired. He encountered carpeting in every room, even the hallways. He spotted dust on tops of cabinets and the hanging florescent lights. The only vacuums available were a few well-used upright vacuums.

Before he took on his new position, Monte did some homework and hands-on testing to uncover the best tools of the trade. At a custodian workshop, he tried out a ProTeam® backpack vacuum, the Super CoachVac®, known as the powerhouse of the commercial cleaning industry.

Monte instantly recognized the possibilities of the machine. As an outdoor backpacker, the ergonomics of the machine were immediately evident; the vacuum rested evenly on his back, with a balanced, lightweight comfort from the adjustable waist and shoulder straps. As Monte suspected, the maneuverability and power of the Super CoachVac would leave the school''s current vacuums in the dust.

"I had just vacuumed one of the rooms in our school with an upright when I bought the ProTeam," said Monte. "So I immediately went into the same room and vacuumed it with the Super CoachVac. I was amazed at the amount of dust in the bag. Sometimes I think a powerhead just beats the dirt down into the carpet. If you don''t have suction, I don''t care how much you pound it. This backpack vacuum gets great suction, and cleans deeper and faster."

Massar now uses the backpack to deep clean every room daily. He can easily maneuver under desks and hit tight corners without moving furniture or missing spots. The 50-foot extension cord allows him to plug in from one room and clean two more before he finds a new outlet. He can even do the hard-to-reach detail work without unnecessary effort or body strain.

"The attachment tools are right on my waist-belt, so I can be versatile when I vacuum, and use the brush to dust right away. I don''t need to bring a rag or anything else. I''ll sometimes shimmy up the step ladder with the backpack on to get window ledges and cabinet tops," Monte says. "I can even pick up crayons or pencils by turning the head sideways without having to pick them up by hand."

In late August, right before the start of his first fall session, he noted: "The teachers who''ve come back immediately saw a difference. I''m glad we got the vacuum."

Massar says he''s ready for the kids to come. He considers himself ahead of the game. He''s even started looking into other healthy, green products to incorporate into the cleaning cycle.

"If people haven''t tried the ProTeam backpack vacuum, it''s just amazing," Monte remarks. I can''t say enough."

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