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Des Moines Police Station Undergoes Major Cleaning, Restoration and Beautification


Des Moines Police Station Undergoes Major Cleaning, Restoration and Beautification

Des Moines residents and future generations to benefit from ongoing partnership with Kärcher and its commitment to the Cultural Sponsorship Program with the City

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DENVER, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- During the month of July, Kärcher was proud and honored to work with the city of Des Moines and the Police Station in its ongoing partnership to help preserve the buildings for future generations. The Des Moines Police Station, which is over one hundred years old, was professionally cleaned to remove organic dirt as part of the Kärcher cultural sponsorship commitment. Kärcher is the global leader in cleaning technology, and rendered this service complimentary in the second part of its commitment to the city of Des Moines. 

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"We are so excited and grateful to Kärcher for cleaning our building," said Dana Wingert, Des Moines Chief of Police. "This restoration is long overdue. We aren't just a police station, we are members of this important community."

The preservation project involved cleaning the façade of the Police Station for restoration purposes to remove the biological soiling on the surface of the building. The cleaning was completed chemical free using a hot water high-pressure cleaner in steam mode. Algae, fungi and lichen were gently removed from the limestone facade with the Kärcher HDS 5.0/30 . The deeper-seated spores were destroyed by the high temperature of the steam, which also means new organic growth will take longer to regrow.

The cleaning was conducted during the 2018 NAPC Forum hosted by the city of Des Moines. Kärcher held a preservation cleaning demonstration during the forum to educate preservationists from around the country on the benefits and different techniques of preservation cleaning. 

Last year Kärcher cleaned the historic City Hall during a 10-day cleaning project and removed decades of dirt whilst restoring the century-old civic building's facade to its stunning origins, showing off its limestone exterior and granite base. Cleaning the Police Station is part two of a two-year commitment to the City of Des Moines to provide preservation and cleaning/restoration to the City Hall and the Police Station. Kärcher is committed to preserving the beauty and integrity of these historic structures for the community and future generations.

The Des Moines Police Station is the latest in a long line of cleaning projects completed free of charge as part of Kärcher's cultural sponsorship program, in which the company plays an active role in preserving historical monuments and buildings in cleaning projects throughout the world. Previous recipients of Kärcher's sponsorship (over 150 projects worldwide) include Mount Rushmore, the Seattle Space Needle and the London Eye.

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Kärcher is the world's leading provider of cleaning technology. The family-owned enterprise employs more than 12,300 people in 67 countries and more than 110 subsidiaries. More than 50,000 service centers in all countries ensure continuous and comprehensive supplies to customers all over the world. In 2017, Kärcher reached the highest sales with more than 2.5 billion euros, the highest sales in its history.

Kärcher North America is one of the largest subsidiaries of the Kärcher Group with over 1,150 employees in seven locations (including four manufacturing facilities). In North America, Kärcher produces and distributes products and services under the brands Kärcher, Windsor Kärcher Group, Landa Kärcher Group, Hotsy, Water Maze, Spraymart, Cuda Kärcher Group, WOMA Kärcher Group and Shark Kärcher Group. The company's solutions serve customers' cleaning needs in an economical and environmentally-friendly manner. 

About the City of Des Moines
The City of Des Moines: Iowa's capital city and local government servicing more than 215,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4,000 miles of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer-friendly atmosphere. Visit, Facebook and Twitter @DesMoinesGov for more information.

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