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Main Title Evaluation of two cleaning methods for removal of asbestos fibers from carpet /
Author Kominsky, J. R. ; Freyberg, R. W. ; Chesson, J. ; Chatfield, E. J.
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Kominsky, John R.
CORP Author PEI Associates, Inc., Cincinnati, OH. ;Chesson Consulting, Washington, DC. ;Chatfield Technical Consulting Ltd., Mississauga (Ontario).;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory,
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/2-90/053; EPA-68-03-4006
Stock Number PB91-125740
OCLC Number 45607164
Subjects Asbestos--Environmental aspects--United States ; Carpets--Cleaning--United States ; Carpets--United States--Cleaning
Additional Subjects Asbestos ; Carpets ; Dry cleaning ; Fibers ; Electron microscopy ; Vacuum cleaners ; Wet methods ; Laboratory tests ; Air sampling ; Indoor air pollution
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ESAD  EPA 600-2-90-053 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 08/09/2017
NTIS  PB91-125740 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 74 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
The research study examined the effectiveness of dry vacuuming and wet cleaning for the removal of asbestos fibers from carpet, and evaluated the potential for fiber reentrainment during carpet cleaning activities. Routine carpet cleaning operations using high-efficiency particulate absolute (HEPA) filtered dry vacuum cleaners and HEPA-filtered hot-water extraction cleaners were simulated on carpet artificially contaminated with asbestos fibers. Overall, wet cleaning the carpet with a hot-water extraction cleaner reduced the level of asbestos contamination by approximately 70 percent. There was no significant evidence of either an increase or a decrease in asbestos concentration after dry vacuuming. The level of asbestos contamination had no significant effect on the difference between the asbestos concentrations before and after cleaning. Airborne asbestos concentrations were two to four times greater during the carpet cleaning activities. The level of asbestos contamination in the carpet and the type of cleaning method used had no significant effect on the difference between the airborne asbestos concentration before and during cleaning.
Caption title. "October 1990." "EPA/600/2-90/053." Microfiche.