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Friday's Ask the Experts: Preventing carpet static discharge

February 26, 2010
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is the application of an anti-static chemical after carpet cleaning effective in preventing static discharge from disrupting/damaging computers located in carpeted facilities? Is there a more economical, yet effective method?
Answer #1
Most, if not all carpet tile, is made using nylon yarn. Nylon carpet yarn has built-in static resistance. Unless there is a problem that you are aware of, I don''t think you need to do anything. If there is a problem, I would recommend you contact the technical services department of the carpet manufacturer for help. Unless the chemistry ... — John Downey, president of Downey''s Carpet Care of Granville and founder of Cleanfax magazine
Answer #2
Most people prefer to avoid applying topical coatings or anti stats to carpet. An encapsulant cleaner may actually help eliminate the static as well. I''d also check with the person responsible for the room to see what the humidity and temperature are set at because sometimes a change of a degree or two will solve or lessen a static problem.
Lastly, check with the ... — Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services
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