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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning raised flooring

September 01, 2011
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: 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?

The 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 ... — Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultants

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