Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When it Comes to Carpeting, is 24 a Good Number?

    First Posted March 2013

Some of the portable classrooms at Jenny Lind Elementary are 24 years old (built in Lathrop, Ca. in 1988).

Which ones?

Portables 51, 52, 53, 61, 62, and 63.

How old is the carpeting in those portables?

According to Calaveras Unified School District the carpeting is original... so again the number is 24.

Some Facts on Carpeting

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
For guidelines addressing cleaning, maintenance, and carpet life expectancy, the EPA refers to The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) --See EPA Assessment Guidebook pg 86

CRI--The Carpet and Rug Institute
http://www.carpet-rug.org/commercial-customers/school-administrators-facility-managers/cleaning-and-maintenance.cfm    --According to the CRI: "Like many of today's consumer products, carpet can have a long life if properly cared for and maintained. Generally speaking, carpet can last from seven to 12 years."


It seems that 24 is not a good number when it comes to the age of carpeting. Unfortunately, 24 is twice the age of the accepted life expectancy of well maintained commercial carpeting.

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