Nylon fiber disintegration
Updated on April 16, 2014 in Inspection
4 on April 4, 2014

This is a series of inspection pictures that show carpet with a tri-color yarn (tan, red and blue), in which the blue portion of the yarn is disintegrating, causing the burgundy carpet to appear orange (tan and red) in all trafficked areas. Tape lifts and USB microscopic pictures show loss of the blue component.  Carpet was replaced.  

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0 on April 7, 2014

That looks familiar…

Bruce DeLoatch
The Cleaners Coach

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0 on April 13, 2014

LjBishop,  thanks for sharing.  May I ask what USB scope that is? We have a similiar proscope but our version does not connect to our tablet. Also will any sticky tape work to achieve similar professional results?

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0 on April 16, 2014

We are still working out issues on the new discussion board and Jeff Bishop has asked me to post this for him while we are working on why he can’t log in.

Interesting name “Inlogix.”  Forgive me for not recognizing the picture.  

Second question first: We used regular transparent packing tape.  We gently agitated an unaffected portion of the carpet (near the wall) first using a spatula.  Actually, blue fiber fragments could be seen on the spatula.  We then applied the packing tape and pressed uniformly over the tape.  Virtually nothing but blue fiber fragments transferred.  

The USB microscope has been tremendously useful over the several years we’ve been using it.  I suspect that there are several types available; however, ours is a Zoom Digital Microscope (www.MaxiAids.com item 606640) for around $80.

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0 on April 16, 2014

Thanks for the insight.  Yes, I wanted a unique name.  Check us out at INLOGIX.com.  We are consultants only.  However we are developing software for the restoration/inspection industry — 7 years into development so far. It will go nationwide within a year. — it is called LOGOS.

Thanks again

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