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COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING



I was up in Ottawa looking at a large commercial carpet claim last week.

The problems were numerous but a couple of the situations I encountered were quite different from those I usually encounter.


1) The carpet was being cleaned using a Tennant machine with Ready Space technology.

Now I had never encountered an inspection that used this cleaning technique before. I had to do some heavy research on the carpet and the cleaning system.


Anyways the Ready Space technology uses a machine that has rollers on it. These rollers are applied to the carpet and soil transfers onto them. The rollers are then cleaned by the carpet cleaning machine!! The idea is that there will be no chemical or water residues left on the carpet allowing to dry quickly and not to resoil quickly. The cleaners were using this system with no chemistry!


The problem as usual was no pre-vacuuming. I just don’t understand why people think that dry particulate soil will be released from a wet carpet? Because it won’t come out very easily.





2) The other issue with the carpeting was the complete absence of nosing along the cut edges of the carpet where it met the stone floors and boot scrapes. I know that in this case the manufacturer required that nosing be on the carpet for the first half inch of transition.  The end users were told by their designers that they had researched the product and were told that the edges could be just seam sealed.


Goes to show that you must read all the pertinent information available on the product, each and every time.I am known to be a pretty smart guy when it comes to carpet. But even I must reread the specs for each product I inspect. The specs change soooooooo much!

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