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Cleaning a stainless steel art museum

July 31, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Cleaning the stainless steel exterior of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota is handled by two employees, John Allen, directory of security and building operations, and Emily Foxen, the event coordinator, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The metal panels are prone to dirt, grime and water stains, and the building’s curves and twists create “nooks and crannies” that are not reached by rainwater, the article noted.

The entire cleaning process takes a week and is considered an in-house, cost-saving task, the article stated.

The cost for the two employees to clean the building comes to about $2,500 with most going to equipment; quotes from specialist cleaners ran in the tens of thousands, according to the article.

The article pointed out for “obsessively-minded” readers that the crooked “k” in the building’s name was scheduled to be straightened during the cleaning as well.

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