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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 249 (225)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 249
Page 249

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 249

soil. It may be used with a basin and applied to the pile with a scrubbing brush for a good surface cleaning job.

Solvents absorbed in powders are also recommended for surface cleanings. These materials are rubbed into the pile with a brush, then allowed to dry out and finally vacuumed out. A rather good job can be done with these cleaners at low cost especially if the carpet is not too soiled.

Location Cleaning

As has been stated in the beginning of this article, carpet manufacturers cannot accept responsibility for the damage which may result from location cleaning. There is wide variation in method and materials, not to mention between the operators of the same equipment. Perhaps the points which the manufacturer considers to be the faults of most location cleaning techniques should be listed. They are the following:

(1) Wetting of the back and slow drying. Because with most location cleaning techniques it is impossible to avoid wetting through to the back of the carpet in some spots, rotting away of backing yarns has often been attributed to door cleaning technique.

(2) Slow drying of the surface. Sometimes it takes several days for the pile to dry. This may cause rapid resoiling and even crushing of the pile which gives the carpet a shaded or faded appearance.

(3) Incomplete cleaning of the pile yarn. Even though detergents are used in water, the surface does not always return to its original color.

(4) Rapid resoiling due to the types of soaps and detergents used. If real soaps are used, the resoiling is rapid. If the soapleSS types are used, the cleaning ability is less and a fuzzing of the pile surface often occurs.

In doing location cleaning, engage the services of a reliable cleaner. Be sure that the detergents used contain no al FIGURE 6.-ln those areas of the theatre-such as ladies' lounges and men/s smoking room5*where some parts of a carpet are subiect to a great deal of traffic, while other portions of the same carpet receive little or none, it is sometimes possible to turn the carpets around as shown in these diagrams. With a





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FIGURE 5-The reason for using a good grade and type of padding under theatre carpets is well set forth in these drawings. Without padding, uneven tloors result in points of undue carpet wear (upper figure), but where a good pad is used, the effect of these points of unevenness is minimized through the resiliency of the pad (lower figure). Practically all floors are imperfect in spots and pads should be used as a matter of course.

kali. Instead, they should be of the fatty alcohol type. The cleaning machine should have a suction device which will remove the washing liquor quickly before it can soak the back. Location cleaning should be done before the carpet is too dirty, then mild washing solutions can do a good job.


In conclusion, the carpet manufacturers wish it to be emphasized that the




wear life of any theatre carpet can be prolonged by following the recommended technique for regular careful cleaning and by using proper installation methods and checking them periodically. In general, proper maintenance of theatre carpets will go a long way toward increasing the durability of even the best carpet fabric. It will pay dividends which make the extra trouble and cost more than worth while!

virtually square room, the carpet life may thus be extended three times, while in a more oblong space, the life of the carpet can be doubled. (All drawings appearing with this article have been provided by and are used through the courtesy and kind permission of the Institute of Carpet Manufacturers of America, Inc.)
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 249