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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning movie screens

October 05, 2010
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have been searching for information on how to clean movie theater screens and where to purchase the appropriate products. Do you have any suggestions?
The answer:
This is a specialty that there doesn''t seem to be a lot of information about in the public domain. Several contractors specialize in this type of service and aren''t willing to talk very much about it.
Here''s what I know. The newer reflective screens are made of vinyl and are somewhat delicate. As they age and become soiled they lose their ability to reflect a bright picture. Most theaters have a special screen brush on a long handle or pole that should be used to remove light soil, lint and dust at least once a month. If this isn''t done or the theater has a HVAC system that is especially dusty (old or bad filtration) screens may become heavily coated with soil, soot, lint and dust in which case the brightness and quality of the picture will suffer. Most theaters will have their screens professionally cleaned once every year or two, normally right before the Christmas Holidays as that is their busiest time of the year. A bigger problem with screens and one of the primary reasons they need cleaning once a year is that ... — Bill Griffin, president Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.
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