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ICAN/ATEX: Why is the glue on commercial carpet deteriorating?

June 20, 2013

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We have some commercial carpet where the glue has deteriorated in traffic areas and where chairs are with no plastic mats.

The carpet was laid in the early 1980s.

It has been cleaned with a portable extractor once a year, and was dry within 4-6 hours.

What would be the reason for this?

Also, what was the life expectancy of carpet put in back then?

Thursday’s Answer:

Based on the information you have given, I would say that the carpet is simply worn out.

The condition you describe is called delamination.

Either the primary and secondary backing have pulled apart, or the adhesive between the secondary backing and the floor has failed.

This is caused by the pressure of the foot traffic and the chairs, not any cleaning you have done.

It may be possible to have … - John Downey, president of Downey's Carpet Care of Granville, founder of Cleanfax magazine

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