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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Question

We are replacing our pews with chairs. What is the best way to bring the Nylon carpet back to its original height after many years of being pressed down under the pew legs?


Answer

Answer #1:
I would recommend a 3-step process that combines, 1) a preconditioner with, 2) dual-cylindrical brush agitation and, 3) high performance hot water extraction (truckmount, portable truckmount or high-flow extractor).
John Downey

Answer #2:
A portable steam/vapor generator, wallpaper steamer or steam iron can be used to add the needed heat. If using a steam Iron, apply the steam from above the carpet through a moist white towel and agitate the loops or tufts gently with a soft bristle brush to loosen and help the yarns to stand upright. Donít let the iron actually touch the carpet as it will melt the fiber. Also be careful that you don't over agitate or you may untwist or fuzz the yarn ends. In most cases this will work or improve the resilience of nylon fiber. It does not work nearly as well and sometimes not at all with other types of yarn fibers.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com