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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 359 (346)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 359
Page 359

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 359

Modern Methods of Theatre Cleaning

A Review of the Advantages of Vacuum Cleaning and the Modern Equipment Available for the Purpose

The basic purpose of this survey is to show how expense in connection with the renewal of carpets and the cost of redecoration may be held to a minimum by the use of properly designed vacuum cleaning equipment. And this, to a theatre manager, is an ever present problem.

Grit- and Carpets

Deterioration in carpets primarily depends on the amount of traffic that moves over the surface. However, the gradual thinning of the nap of the fabric is caused mostly by the abrasive action of minute particles of imbedded sharp grit. This nap cutting action is repeated many thousands of times per day as the feet of the patrons pass over the surface to and from their seats. It is vitally important, therefore, to the life of the carpets and the carpet investment, for whatever cleaning medium is used, to have sufficient power to remove this grit as well as the dust. It isnlt practical to lift the carpets daily and knock this grit out; so that an air stream properly directed and of sufficient volume to pull it out is the only modern answer. This is the job of a well designed vacuum cleaner.

Airborne Dus'l'

The air surrounding us today is different from that of a decade or two ago.

VARIOUS METHODS AND TOOLS are available for application to theatre cleaning. Below, a workman may be seen using a portable vacuum. Dust from chair backs is drawn into a bag in the metal container on the dolly

By RICHARD WEBBER The Spencer Turbine Co.. Hartford, Conn.

0f the total cleaning cost, only 10% is equipment while 90 /Z7 is labor. The efiiciency of the equipment, and therefore, its ability to do the best possible job, is obviously important. Poor equipment can only result in increasing labor without accomplishing the desired cleaning objective. Good equipment should cut down on labor and actually accomplish a better end result. As a man of wide theatre Cleaning equipment experience, Mr. Webberis views have merit.

With the increasing use of oil burning, ordinary house dust is becoming more and more oil impregnated. This oily dust cannot be removed from decorated surfaces by a cloth or duster without a very strong possibility of smudging the surface. It therefore must be lifted from the surface by suction; and here again, a properly designed vacuum cleaner will keep the redecoration cost at a minimum.

The average layman only visualizes vacuum cleaning equipment in connection with removing dust from carpets, rugs, draperies and furniture. In capable hands, however, this is only part of its many uses.

Removing vs. Spreading

Bare doors, whether of wood, linoleum, rubber, marble, or cork, should be vacuum cleaned. By this method all of the dust is actually removed, and not spread about as must be the case where brushes and brooms are the cleaning tools.

Someone with a sense of humor has said that: HIf a broom had a belly, it would be a vacuum cleaner? And that is the real answer to the inefficiency of brush and broom cleaning, neither has a belly. As a result, they can remove only a small part of the dust and must spread the larger part to resettle on the walls, doors, and furnishings.

Where stage performances are given, the presence of dust is a serious consideration. Tap dancers, jugglers or any other violent movement can stir up a cloud that spotlights will amplify. Vacuum cleaning the floor surfaces will leave them dustless and permit no dust to lodge in the crevices, even under the

floor cloth.

which is then carried from the theatre. Similarly a portable vacuum is used to clean the rug. This method has definite advantages in allowing the janitor to use a relatively short hose connectorf But it has disadvantages also.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 359