I did some cleaning at the Hack Factory on Saturday; Pat (Noise) came by and helped for a while too. Some updates:
- The beverages that were in and around the office door are all now in the guest refrigerator or stacked between the refrigerators. The fridge is packed pretty full, it may take a little shuffling of cans and such to get what you want and find various brands.
- There were eight lawn mower wheels in the corner near the bay door where we often have the trash. I don't think these are to be thrown away, but they probably shouldn't remain there as they might accidentally get tossed. Sorry, I was going to move them from there but got involved with the rest of the work.
- There is a huge dust collection machine in the main space; I hadn't seen that before. Someone please say if that can be used generally or if it's only to be used with the nearby saw.
- All the trash and recycled materials were collected and put in proper cans or bags. The recycled goods are now in the middle of the main space between the office and basement doors. People will be more likely to use these cans if they're centrally located rather than near the bay door.
- We're going to need more paper towels soon, unless I'm unaware of a stash somewhere.
- Pat and I did some cleaning of the table undersides in the classroom. There seemed to be two to four of them that still needed work. All tables will still need inspection of the undersides and cleaning done as necessary. I was able to partially clean one but unable to finish; it is tipped on the side so the dirt is easier to see. We need someone to finish cleaning these tables.
- I didn't check real closely, but I think we still need a cable with two mini-stereo plugs in order to get the speakers for the office computer hooked up.
- There is a circular saw blade imbedded in the divider wall. Not sure, but this might have been a "souvenir" of sorts? It's kind of amusing, but then again not so much.
- I had to sweep quite a few foam peanuts off the floor. Not sure where they came from.
- Some power equipment and wheeled shelves were moved next to the divider wall or nearer the office. I know these are not necessarily the places where they're going to be used, but the arrangement makes for clean walkways in the meantime and it helped when sweeping the floors.
- We could use some smaller trash bags for the little trash cans.
- We need some clear plastic sheets or tarps to cover tables and tools when not in use and keep dust out.
- I didn't get down to the lounge or bathroom in the basement, so I don't know if they've been cleaned recently.
- It would be nice if someone would mop the classroom floor before Wednesday.
- Another appliance that might help the dust situation would be an electrostatic air filter or two. Easy enough to build.
- I think it's time we start furnishing the lounge and decide how we're using that space.
So... continuing the discussion about having regular cleaning events, how about we cater dinner for cleaning crews? I'm thinking that a good time for cleaning might be 4-7 PM on Saturdays.
It was a fine atmosphere at the Hack Factory on Saturday, with music from our fantastic speakers and sunshine coming through the windows. Too bad more people weren't there to enjoy it.
Pat, thanks again for helping out! And thanks to whoever it is that takes care of the trash and recyclables!