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cleaning seats 20 Sep 2006 14:38 #13335

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We have these nice new seats. Fabric. How do you clean them? Do you have a steamer rig or what? How often do you clean them?

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Re: cleaning seats 21 Sep 2006 01:15 #13336

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Try Woolite Carpet Cleaner spray. Spray it on and scrub lightly. Let dry 15 minutes and vacuum.
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Re: cleaning seats 21 Sep 2006 01:31 #13337

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We have a steam cleaner that we use on our carpets. It has a seat attatchment. We clean our seats approx once a year
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Re: cleaning seats 21 Sep 2006 09:45 #13338

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We take ours completely apart, then treat the stains and wash them in wash machine. And yes it is a painful process. We tried using Rug Doctor when doing floors but didn't seem to work. Also has anyone heard if using a steam cleaning method destroys the stain guard that is on the carpet and/or seats? A professional cleaner told us to hold off on the steam cleaning as long as possible as it ruins the protection properties of the stain guards.
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Re: cleaning seats 21 Sep 2006 20:04 #13339

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I have also been told steam cleaning destroys the stain guard on carpets and upholstery. However, I also know you can reapply it yourself. When I worked at the hardware store we carried Scothguard in a spray can.
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Re: cleaning seats 22 Sep 2006 01:26 #13340

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For spot cleaning, a hot damp rag (no soap) wipes away the mess with little effort. Milk Duds seem to be the worst.

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Re: cleaning seats 22 Sep 2006 04:52 #13341

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I have the most trouble with Jr Mints getting melted in. Can imagine what the pants look like. How often should you reapply the Scotchgard? Annually?
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Re: cleaning seats 22 Sep 2006 08:23 #13342

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Regarding Steam cleaning and Scotchgard and similar coatings: It stands to reason that such coatings that resist soiling of fabric would indeed degrade and be ruined by steam, since such coatings are forms of plastic (polymers) that are quite sensitive to high heat. When a plastic is subjected to high heat (the effective exact temperature differing with each type of plastic and the surface it is adhered to), the long chains of polymers separate into monomers and resins which is seen in rigid plastics as first cracks, then crumbles, then dust, sometimes with an 'oily' residue of their 'plasticizers' on nearby surfaces. Further, when a plastic degrades it "outgasses" a number of not-so-healthy chemicals that we are forced to breathe! Even in the application of Scotchgard, for example, there are an undisclosed number of chemicals voided into one's atmosphere in addition to its stated propellant chemicals if an aerosol.

How damaging are they to you and your workers and patrons? That subject has been debated for some years now, and while it is highly unlikely that a patron would sue for the presence of such chemicals, you may want to be concerned about the long term effects upon you and anyone else among those treated areas for long periods of time.

Some of you may remember that years ago 3-M company (maker of Scotchgard), discontinued the making of it "for environmental reasons" but others claimed it was their fear of litigation resulting from possible chemical poisoning that encouraged that self-preservation move. Well, for what it's worth, here is their 'official' position on the old Scotchgard versus the new: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Scotchgard/Home/Resources/Environmental/
If this link does not work because it is 'folded', merely paste it in sequence into your address box of your browser. Should we agree with all of their contensions?

Sooo, it may be less hazardous in the long run to rely upon standard steam cleaning, rather than these Teflon-like chemicals which are well known to kill any birds in your home if voided into the air by an overheated Teflon coated cookware, which sometimes has warnings to this effect right on their labels. Is it as the famous DuPont slogan says: "A Better World Through Chemistry" -- or just a more profitable world for a few in the short term???!!!
Jim R. (new E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) member: www.HistoricTheatres.org
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