Spotless collections, safe visitors matter of pride

Spotless Otago team members (from left) Arwen Weir, Jill Aitken, Avril Weir and Debbie Lee show...
Spotless Otago team members (from left) Arwen Weir, Jill Aitken, Avril Weir and Debbie Lee show how they keep Otago Museum in pristine condition after winning a national cleaning award. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Jill Aitken’s house is "a chaotic mess" — ironically, because she and her fellow workmates are national award-winning cleaners.

The Spotless Otago cleaning company superviser and her team recently won the Retail and Hospitality over 15,000sqm category in the Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ) CleanSweep Awards, for their work keeping Otago Museum clean.

"We’re absolutely over the moon with the award — blown away," Mrs Aitken said.

"We’ve worked so hard on this — so much that cleaning is the last thing I feel like doing when I get home at night.

She said keeping such a large public building clean and keeping up with health and safety changes during Covid-19 was challenging.

"Everything has to be sanitised, we had to make sure we were wearing masks and gloves and following all the right health and safety precautions, and we had to learn to use a lot of new cleaning products and cleaning techniques."

She said the team was responsible for cleaning all of the glass, all of the hand railings, all the stainless steel, plus the floors on all three levels and all nine sets of toilets, every day.

"There’s so much there to do, and we’re proud to be part of those moments we can clean, so the public can come in and see it and be safe."

A museum spokeswoman said it had been a tough year, with Covid-19 significantly changing the way they worked to ensure public safety.

"The Spotless crew are part of our museum team, and we are so pleased that they have been recognised."

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