Amanda King @kingamandap
Cleanliness is a hot topic right now. From people’s homes to the local grocery store, most people want to make sure what they’re touching isn’t just clean but disinfected as well.
One of the dirtiest surfaces according to Veterans Pressure Washing owner Dean Smith is playgrounds, sometimes ranking above gas station bathrooms. With his ability to clean large structures like playgrounds, Smith opted to do something to keep the community a little cleaner.
Prior to schools closing, he reached out to a local principal about cleaning the playground, which she graciously accepted. He later reached out to the Columbia County School District about extending that service to other schools which was also approved. To take it even a step further, Smith and his crew began going to neighborhoods to clean playgrounds. And he provided this all for free.
“We were already cleaning according to the CDC guidelines and we had the cleaning solutions so we just decided it was the best way to give back,” he said.
The school system recently closed its playgrounds but Smith hopes to continue to clean neighborhood playgrounds since children are still using them. Even though his two full time crews are booked with paid jobs, he wants to continue to assist the community.
Smith has served just over 18 years in the U.S. Army and been stationed in Hawaii, Germany and other military bases but he said there’s something about Columbia County that is very special.
“There is so much opportunity here and we want to help any way we can,” he said.