Southeast MI Holds Event
On February 13th, Jerry Szpak and the Southeast Michigan chapter hosted Tom Sherman, SCRT VP of Membership and IICRC Instructor, Mark Violand as they presented The Commercial Carpet Conundrum. 18 attended the event, interested in learning the results of a research project that was started last year by the Northeast Ohio Chapter.
This research was to determine what kind of damage, if any, would occur to carpets by using certain “unapproved” cleaning and maintenance methods. Employing the same procedures most manufacturers use to test cleaning equipment and chemicals, these unapproved methods were tested on the surface of a sheet of clear acrylic to assess any changes in appearance.
The findings and conclusions of that research were presented at the February 13th meeting. The most interesting and surprising observations were the results when using clean pads with CRI-SOA cleaning products.
Visible dulling of the surface of the acrylic occurred with some of the products and methods. Counter-rotating brush methods seemed to produce the least apparent change to the test surface.
While this research is not conclusive, it does indicate there may be merit to carpet manufacturers’ concerns over certain methods, due to potential undesirable appearance changes in some carpets.
Members also enjoyed networking and a pizza dinner during the 4 hour event. Our special thanks go out to Mark Violand for his expertise and Great Lakes Steamway for use of the meeting room.