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Introduction

In the mid-1980s, Grant’s father, Don Aslett, made a pivotal stop at the Edison Museum en route to a Boy Scout jamboree, where he conceived the vision of establishing a museum dedicated to cleanliness. He envisioned a space that would pay homage to the past, present, and future of the cleaning industry, with a particular emphasis on showcasing classic equipment. This idea began to take shape when Don acquired 250 premium pre-electric vacuums in 2006. Finally, almost 30 years later, in 2011, his dream materialized with the opening of The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho. 

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Episode Summary

From a young age, Grant Aslett had the privilege of accompanying his father, Don Aslett, a renowned figure in commercial cleaning, on various trips and work assignments. Don, who authored over 40 books, conducted numerous seminars, and made appearances on shows such as Oprah, Regis Philbin, and QVC, shared anecdotes ranging from securing the first cleaning contract at the Grand Canyon’s north side to laboring tirelessly for a week to prepare cabins and areas for the tourist season. Additionally, they dedicated time to instructing prisoners on utilizing portion packs for floor maintenance within correctional facilities.

 

The museum draws both local and national tourists eager to explore its 74,000 square foot (occupying one city block) complex, offering excitement, education, and inspiration for the entire family. 

 

Home to many rare artifacts, the museum boasts several iconic pieces, including the 20-foot-tall “Big Don,” dubbed the world’s largest janitor, and the Daniel Hess Carpet Sweeper from 1860, recognized as the world’s first vacuum cleaner. Notably, the museum possesses the sole existing Patent Model of this historic artifact. 

 

Grant acknowledges the responsibility of preserving these items, recognizing the museum as a valuable resource for individuals outside the industry to develop a newfound respect for cleaners and their equipment. Through data analysis, he has observed that trust and authenticity are pivotal factors, with the museum maintaining a remarkable 90% trust rate among visitors. 

Grant also advocates for International Cleaning Week as an avenue for industry professionals to garner recognition and cast a positive spotlight on the field. 

About Our Guest(s):

Grant Aslett

Grant Aslett

Director of Development - Museum of Clean

Grant has served as the Director of Development at the Museum of Clean since its inauguration in 2011. He is also the proprietor of AxisFM and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. 


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