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post #1 of Old 01-12-2011, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Carpet in Laundromat

Hi all - I am thinking about putting commercial carpet in my coin laundromat. The old school laundry guys say Im crazy but some do use carpet succesfully. The risk and solution as I see it are below:

1. Water - Anitmicrobial commercial carpet glued with no pad could be shop vacced on the rate occasion it gets wet.
2. Wear - commercial carpet
3. Stains - soda would be masked by a commercial pattern, bleach spills would be solved by carpet squares
4. Maintainace - vacume as often as you would have mopped and steam clean once in a while

The benefit is its homier, safer (slip and falls) and cheaper than tile.

Am I missing anything? Any other advice is appreciated.

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post #2 of Old 01-12-2011, 11:41 AM
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You will have a huge problem with resoiling due to customers spilling soaps and detergent. Don't do it.
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post #3 of Old 01-12-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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What is resoiling?

Also... please keep in mind, I think everyone envisions a room full of animals carelessly spewing and spilling. That is not the case. My main "dirt" issue is winter boots walking in the door like any other business. Second concern is kids spilling soda or dropping a slice of pizza. Low income adults dont spill stuff they paid for .
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post #4 of Old 01-12-2011, 03:24 PM
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I'm no expert but I wouldnt do carpet, especially glued down carpet
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Once someone spills bleach on it you will wish you didn't.
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There are several schools of thought on this subject. The carpet squares idea is a good one, as you'd be able to replace any one of them that are beyond cleaning. It does give it a "homier" feel.

My thought is: If a restaurant can have a nice commercial grade carpet, that can be professionally cleaned on a maintenance program, why cant you? On the other hand, its not likely that a restaurant will suffer bleach stains like a laundromat will. Additionally, the foaming action of those detergents will cause problems with a portable extractor or truckmount waste tank, regardless of defoaming agents, but that will only be a problem for the tech, and not you.

Overall, if you are going to go the carpet squares route, you had better buy several cases for back up.
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