LAND O’ LAKES, FL — The Pasco County School District (PCSD) released the results of a comprehensive study conducted to determine the best long-term, sustainable floor care maintenance strategy for its district, according to a press release.
The study, conducted by manufacturer representatives, tested five cleaning methods at one of PCSD''s elementary schools, the release stated.
According to the release, the methods tested included high-flow wet extraction, portable wet extraction, low-moisture encapsulation, low-moisture dry extraction (absorption) and truckmount wet extraction.
At the conclusion of the four-week testing period, Pasco County Schools’ representatives determined the low-moisture, dry-extraction absorption system best accommodated the school system’s maintenance program, and the system was selected based on its reduced cost, the immediate availability of carpet, limited time and resources required, its positive contribution to indoor air quality and its ease of training and operation, the release noted.
Edward Flicker, custodial services coordinator at PCSD, said: "Some schools are implementing vinyl-composition tile (VCT) and alternative hard floor surface coverings because it is believed hard floor surfaces have a better impact on IAQ and cost less to maintain over the life of the floor. Our study found that by using the HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning System, we were able to retain the carpet and maintain an optimal learning environment for students without compromising appearance, cost — or IAQ."
Using low-moisture, dry-extraction absorption maintenance methods, the PCSC was able to restore its 10-year-old, vinyl-backed, nylon-faced carpet to a like-new appearance level, eliminating replacement costs and enabling the school to retain its carpet rather than replace it with alternative floor coverings such as VCT, the release added.