Keeping The Capitol Clean

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

As Nebraska's lawmakers clock out for the day, another crew is just starting theirs.

They're the people keeping the state's most revered landmark spotless.

"They mess it up. We clean it up and make it the best we can for the next morning," Capitol Conservation Supervisor Perry Shuman said.

That involves scrubbing stairs, hallways and floors. The number of people charged with making sure those areas are spic and span can be counted on two hands.

"We'd like to see the building last 500 years," Shuman said. "If they can do it in Europe, we should be able to do it here."

It's not an easy job, but they've got it down to a science.

"We set up schedules so we can keep things in rotation. So, we know, this week we'll be in this quadrant to do these jobs," Shuman said.

You might never see the nightly cleaning crew. They come in after hours and work well into the morning.

But, take a look inside the capitol. It's clear they've been hard at work in the historic building.

"They do take a lot of pride in their work," Shuman said. "You can see it in the job they do when you walk around the building."

Shuman's so proud of the job well done that he wants even more people to come visit, even if that means a little extra mess.

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