Research and Resources
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Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality
A comprehensive review of the current literature relative to influences of floor coverings on asthma and allergies.
Carpet Maintenance for School Facilities
A thorough instruction manual for schools.
Carpet Preconditioning: Its Impact on Cleaning
This study is the first examination of the effect of the recommended practice of detergent application compared to the frequently employed practice. Manufacturers of carets, cleaning equipment and detergents all recommend the dilute detergent solution be applied as a spray, agitated and allowed time to emulsify soil (dwell time) before extraction with clear water...
Cases of Effective Carpet Cleaning
This paper examined several studies of the effects of cleaning carpet and other flooring materials on the indoor environment. All reviewed studies showed beneficial effects from cleaning of all flooring materials, and that the cleaning processes had few but at worst, very transitory adverse effects. A variety of environments were studied in the reviewed papers.
Comparison of Biocontaminant Levels in Schools - The Impact of Carpet vs. Smooth Floor Covering
This study examined two non-problem elementary schools in North Carolina that were well-matched for all attributes other than floor covering type, over an entire school year. Multiple biocontaminants were measured both in/on the flooring as well as airborne concentrations. Results indicated that regardless of the levels of embedded soils/biocontaminant loads, airborne concentrations were lower above the carpeted floors than the hard surfaced floors...
Ergonomic Design Issues and Carpet A Review
This is a comprehensive review of ergonomic issues related to flooring. It addresses the needs of the aging population relative to each issue. All reviewed attributes showed carpet provides positive benefits in most cases. Postural stability and gait may be adversely affected in the elderly with walking problems with residential carpets; however commercial carpet constructions had no effect on gait or stability...
Measurement of airborne fungal spore dispersal from three types of flooring materials
This study examined the behavior of fungal particles when deposited over 3 types of flooring and disturned by walking, under controlled laboratory conditions. Results indicated...
The Science of Carpet Cleaning
This paper documents the science underlying carpet cleaning, in terms of the composition of soils, the principles of cleaning and some explanation of maintenance. It can serve as the foundation for cleaning programs and recommendations.
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