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Re: Carpet Cleaning and Water Conservation

Hi Deborah.  It may be useful to contact the Low Moisture Carpet Cleaners Association (LMCCA).  See their web site at http://www.lmcca.org/.  You may also want to check out the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration web site (http://www.ascr.org/).  They have an online searchable technical library, and categories that might be helpful include "carpet cleaning methods" and "carpet cleaning." 

The Carpet and Rug Institute (http://www.carpet-rug.com/) may be worth contacting, as well, although I could find no specific information on their web site regarding water conservation and cleaning.  The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC, http://www.iicrc.org/home.html) is an organization that certifies carpet cleaners, among other professionals.  IICRC produces standards and reference guides for cleaning professionals, and may therefore have data regarding amounts of water used in various carpet cleaning methods. 

FacilityManagement.com also has an article written by Geoffrey Greeley of the HOST School for Racine Industries, Inc. that may be helpful--see http://www.facilitymanagement.com/articles/maintenanceindex.html and scroll down to "What is Dry Extraction Cleaning?"  Click on the title and the article will open in a separate window.  While this article does not include specifics about amounts of water used in various methods, it suggests that low moisture methods may save substantial amounts of water by allowing for more site specific or "smart" cleaning that can reduce the need for "wall to wall" cleaning when used on a regular basis.  So that may need to be considered when estimating water savings involved with using "dry" methods.

Hope this helps,
Joy Scrogum

At 11:31 AM 9/20/2005, you wrote:
I received this question via the GLRPPR Help Desk. I've been unable to locate the statistical information she's looking for. I'm hoping one (or more) of you will be able to assist.

When responding, please make sure to copy dlema@hostdry.com on your reply. She's not subscribed to the list.

Thanks in advance!

Laura B.

First Name:             Deborah
Last Name:                      Lema
Occupation                      Business/Industry
State:                          WI
E-mail:                         dlema@hostdry.com
Phone:                          262-637-4491
Subject or Topic:       Carpet Cleaning and Water Conservation

I've been trying to compile information about how much water is used on average for wet carpet cleaning in facilities.  I know that with the HOST dry carpet cleaning method, 97% less water is used compared to a typical high-flow wet extraction machine, but there are so many other wet extraction methods with unpublished water usage numbers that I'm having a hard time nailing down how much water can be saved by switching to a dry carpet cleaning method.  Besides laundry, I know that carpet cleaning typically is one of the biggest water users in facility cleaning, so I think that a significant savings could be found here.  Any ideas?  Know of any studies?  Thanks in advance for any help!
Where have you already looked: These sites simply suggest switching to dry, but aren't specific:
    * Maryland Department of the Environment
    * Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    * Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
    * Conrad Hilton College, University of Houston
    * Partners for a Clean Environment (Boulder, CO)
    * Association of Manitoba Utilities
    * American Hotel and Lodging Association
    * Southwest Florida Water Management District
    * Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District
    * New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission
    * City of Greeley, CO
    * City of Bremerton, WA
    * City of Tampa, FL
    * Santa Barbara County
    * North Carolina Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
    * Water Corporation, Australia
    * Commercial Water Efficiency Guide, EPCOR
    * Portland Water Bureau

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