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SCRT Examines Commercial Carpet Cleaning Conundrum

March 4, 2011
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In 2010 the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the SCRT, under the direction of Tom Sherman, held a special "research" event called "The Commercial Carpet Cleaning Conundrum" led by IICRC-approved instructor Mark Violand. The findings and conclusions were presented at the Feb. 23 chapter meeting.

In 2010 the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the SCRT, under the direction of Tom Sherman, held a special “research” event called “The Commercial Carpet Cleaning Conundrum” led by IICRC-approved instructor Mark Violand. The findings and conclusions of that event were presented at the February 23 meeting.

The objective of the research was to determine what happens to commercial carpet fibers when cleaned using maintenance and cleaning methods not approved by carpet manufacturers. Applying the same procedures used by carpet manufacturers to determine inappropriate cleaning methods, SCRT members worked on a transparent surface to determine if the same result could be reproduced. They used clean and soiled bonnets with and without solution, and also one made with microfiber. They also used a Cimex machine with clean and soiled white pads, and clean and soiled dark pads, again with and without solution. SCRT members also tested vacuums and machines with counter rotating brush systems similar to the Whitaker and BrushPro with encapsulating polymer-based detergents. The most interesting and surprising result was achieved when clean pads with SOA cleaning products were used.

The SCRT group documented the entire 3.5 hour event with pictures and over 2 hours of video. A number of labeled samples and procedures were reviewed at the meeting. Mark Violand served as meeting facilitator. For more information contact Jerry Szpak at 313-937-1871 or at

In other news, the SCRT Indiana Chapter held its second meeting in December 2010 at the HydroLab training facility in Cicero, Ind. Special guest Wayne Lawrence with Grand National Products presented a program on the advantages of blast media vs. demolition alternatives on fire and mold losses, with emphasis on restoring structural materials.

Kari Cole, Mike Watkins and Kurt Bolden discussed the benefits of SCRT membership, including the latest scholarship program sponsored by HydroLab available to SCRT members only. The program concluded with a tour of the training facility.

The Chapter encourages more members and interested prospects to attend meetings and work on new ideas for the chapter. Chapter leaders welcome input and suggestions from any interested parties. Contact, or call (317) 984-8100 for more information.  

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