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ICAN/ATEX: What is the most effective, economical method to clean carpet?

April 29, 2013

Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Monday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I have two questions:

(1) What is the best way to clean the carpet on a raised, carpet tiled floor, to ensure liquids do not get onto the cabling and equipment below the floor, and

(2) 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?

Monday’s Answer:

(1) Unless a technician falls asleep at the end of the wand or a bucket or tank of solution is spilled/dumped on the floor, none of the current carpet cleaning systems would cause over wetting of the subfloor or cabling. However, to eliminate the risk completely, a low moisture process would be your best choice.

This could be bonnet, encapsulation, powders, or other such processes that use limited amounts of moisture.

Excessive moisture above the floor in a computer or cleanroom is not acceptable either, so the issue is not only what might get below the floor.

(2) Most people prefer to avoid … - Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc.

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