ICS Magazine

This is a Sticky Situation

March 11, 2008

A couple of new products that almost universally strike the cord of “Why didn’t I think of that?” have come to the market.

Carpet cleaners are raving about a new furniture protector pad that sticks to legs or the underside of furniture. Restorers are ecstatic about the efficiency of a new dual tape system for setting up containment.

As carpet cleaners, we have all been faced with the same problem. We move a couch to clean behind it, move it back and now we are ready to put the plastic tabs under the legs. Much to our chagrin, there is the leg squarely in the middle back of the couch that Yao Ming couldn’t reach, never mind your average cleaner. In fact, corner pieces and any multi-legged piece of furniture make it very challenging to get tabs into place once the furniture is placed back in its original position.

How do you normally deal with a crowded room of furniture that must be moved during cleaning? If you are like me, you dread these situations. It is a major challenge to get total pre-spray coverage, complete the extraction, and then get all the furniture back as originally positioned with tabs and blocks in place. Often, the furniture must be moved more than once and slid across previously cleaned carpet.

Imagine: you did a beautiful job cleaning a section of carpet and and just slid the dining room table over onto it, only to find the mahogany wood stain has bled from the legs into the freshly cleaned carpet. It has happened to me, and it wasn’t pretty.

Sticky Tabs
It’s as simple as it sounds. These 3-by-3-inch plastic tabs, supplied on a roll, tear off and are placed under furniture. One side has adhesive that allows the tab to stay attached to the leg as you move the furniture around. Now when that couch with the extra leg in the back has been moved out into the room, put the Sticky Tab on all the legs. The tabs will stay on the furniture as you move it around, and they actually help to create less stress on the legs when sliding the furniture. When dealing with a crowded room of furniture, put the Sticky Tabs under the furniture at the most opportune time and then move it around without worry of leaving the tabs behind. The adhesive will not stick to the furniture permanently, and the tab is easily removed at any time. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

Ez-ier Tape
Professional restorers have seen – and tried – it all: poles, clamps, clips, weights, tape and gadgets, all designed or rigged to set up the containment necessary to process a drying, mold or fire job. Certainly there are some great tools out there for this containment process that should and will continue to be used.

At the same time, we have all set up containment that took far too long to assemble. We have set up containment we thought was secure only to come back the next day to find it all over the floor. We have used tape that pulled paint off the walls, and we’ve used tape that wouldn’t pull paint off the walls nor hold on to poly sheeting.

This 2-inch wide tape is two tapes together on one roll. The side placed against the wall is masking tape, designed to hold firmly but be removed without damage to the paint or wallpaper. The second tape is a high-tack cloth tape that will hold up very well to strong negative pressure.

The tapes operate as one and go on the surface at the same time. The masking tape side is applied to the wall. The exposed side of the tape has a protective film that is gradually pulled off as the poly sheeting is applied. It provides a simple, fast process that makes an excellent containment barrier.

So, yeah, you have to wonder…why didn’t I think of that?