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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question

We have some commercial carpet where the glue has deteriorated in traffic areas and where chairs are with no plastic mats. The carpet was laid in the early 1980s. It has been cleaned with a portable extractor once a year, and was dry within 4-6 hours. What would be the reason for this? Also, what was the life expectancy of carpet put in back then? i


Answer

Based on the information you have given, I would say that the carpet is simply worn out. The condition you describe is called delamination. Either the primary and secondary backing have pulled apart, or the adhesive between the secondary backing and the floor has failed. This is caused by the pressure of the foot traffic and the chairs, not any cleaning you have done.
It may be possible to have the carpet re-glued in these areas, but given the age of the carpet I would recommend replacement.
The expected lifespan would be 10 to 20 years, depending on the quality and
style.

John Downey, President, Downey's Carpet Care of Granville
Trainer, (OS1) Carpet Care
Founder, Cleanfax Magazine