Pocatello, Idaho? Really? A museum dedicated to cleaning? It must be just an old building with dirty dusty old vacuums…right? WRONG!! (Well actually they do have a lot of vacuums…) The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, ID is an incredible tribute to the importance of cleaning. When you enter this beautiful building you are greeted by the Knight, and Mrs. Knight of Clean. Two “suits” made from cleaning equipment and supplies!
You walk into an awesome 75,000 square. Foot complex of excitement, education and inspiration for the whole family. While most museums have a single subject focus this one is far, far from that —clean dominates the value of everything that effects life. The museum goal is to touch as many dimensions as they can—in display, art items, slate, and participation. So they want you to come prepared to do and get more than just see… remembering this is not a cleaning museum, it is a museum of clean. There are also what seems to be an endless number of fun activities for children. All of these activities are designed to teach and emphasize an important principle or lesson in cleaning.
On my personal visit to the Museum of clean, I had the incredible opportunity to spend time with a legend in the cleaning industry – Don Aslett. On my visit I was able to join on one of the many personal tours that Don Aslett does around the facility explaining both the history of how people have cleaned, but also the extreme importance of being clean at all levels. Clean home, business, clean world, clean body, mind and spirit.
The Museum of Clean is the brainchild of an obsession with clean that is Don Aslett. He is the founder and primary supporter. If you have been around the carpet cleaning industry long enough, you may have had the opportunity to meet or hear Don speak in person. Yup, he was the guy who was using a toilet as his briefcase. Don was teaching us all as cleaning professionals early on just how important what we do is every day, and helping us understand better ways to get compensated for that service. Mr. Aslett has written over 35 books on cleaning topics, including Clutter’s Last Stand and Do I Dust or Vacuum First?: Answers to the 100 Toughest, Most Frequently Asked Questions About Housecleaning. With his eldest daughter Laura Aslett Simons, an interior designer, he co-authored a volume titled Make Your House Do the Housework. He also wrote Is There Life After Housework. Aslett has appeared on QVC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and several other nationally-televised programs. Aslett has also served as a motivational speaker for several business and government-related entities. He also owns one the nation’s premier building service/cleaning contractors – Varsity Contractors.
- He shows the collection of toilets(from castles to jails)
- He shows the collections of wash basins, toilet cleaners, dusting tools, brooms, mops and vacuums.
- There are several wonderfully built sculptures and art throughout the facility, most of which is made and or from the tools, supplies and equipment commonly found in the cleaning service.
- Don has collected and created items that exemplify his incredible wit and a real message to attach to society at their heart strings through items like an iron with a saw handle on it…( designed to get “men” to help with housework… Fun old gun stocks modified to be fit with a paint roller…
- You may even notice in some of the pictures a black spot on the end of Don’s nose. It is part of the fun as he teaches children about and adults alike about clean!
Mr. Aslett is no stranger to carpet cleaning and truckmounts either. His Building Service Contractor company, Varsity Contractors, owns and operates many HydraMaster CDS truckmounts throughout the Northwest. So it did not take much prodding to show him my brand new HydraMaster CDS rig, completely outfitted with every cleaning tool imaginable, as well as the HydraCradle waste tank.
The museum does an incredible job of transforming the attendees’ mindset and displaying that cleaning is not only important for health and well-being but can also be FUN! If you are reading this article it is likely because you are part of the cleaning and restoration industry. We have a connection to clean that goes beyond fire breathing truckmounts and moisture sucking dehumidifiers. It is an alliance that really does understand that a cleaner environment is a safer, more productive, greener environment. You owe it to yourself to take a bit out of the way trip to Pocatello, Idaho and see the Museum of Clean. Hopefully, you will be as fortunate as I was to get a tour with Mr. Aslett himself. “The tribute to the “cleaning world” belongs to YOU” is what I was told when getting additional private moments spent with Don. “Tell people about this place, enjoy the collections and art and share about it” Glad to do it, Don, and thanks for your many contributions to the cleaning industry in so many wonderful ways.
For more information about the Museum of Clean, visit their website at www.museumofclean.com.