Grime to be cleaned off Washington's Capitol this summer

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 New

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Posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 6:05 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- The state Capitol is one of the winners in this year’s legislative session.

The 88-year-old building will likely get its first cleaning since 2004, thanks to the budget passed by lawmakers this week.

The legislative building usually gets cleaned every four to five years, but past cleanings have been skipped because of budget cuts.

“It will make a big difference,” said Steve Valandra, spokesperson for the Department of Enterprise Services.

The moss, mold and grime -- what experts call "organic growth" -- on the sandstone buildling won't be as easy as a quick pressure wash. It will take light scrubbing and in some places, the scrubbing will be done by hand.

Cleaning is scheduled to begin in July and could be completed by October.

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