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Any question regarding carpet, including specifications, maintenance, installation, regulation.

Experience in the area

Retired after 44 years in carpet manufacture, technical and research. Served 33 years as Director of Technical Services for the world's largest carpet manufacturer.


The Carpet and Rug Institute, Technical Chair - 12 years; American Society for Testing and Materials (40 years); American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (39 years); Society of Cleaning and Restoration (Board of Directors); US National Textile Research Consortium; Cleaning Industry Research Institute (Board of Directors and founder); Canadian General Standards Board Technical Advisory Committee; The Fiber Society; Alzheimer's Association of NW GA (Board of Directors); Trout Unlimited; Federation of Fly Fishermen


AATCC Review (Textile Chemist and Colorist Journal); Journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; International Journal of Flooring Sciences Cleaning Digest; Cleanfax Magazine; Floor Covering Weekly; Floor Covering News; Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Polyurethane Association; Proceedings of the Symposium on the Science of Cleaning;


BS in Chemistry and Business Administration, University of North Georgia

Awards and Honors

Carpet and Rug Institute, Smrekar Award, 1998; Carpet Industry Leadership Award, 1994; Cleanfax Magazine Person of the Year, 1996; Cleaning Digest, person of the year, 1997; Institute of Inspections,Cleaning and Restoration Certifications award,1997; ISCT Lipscomb Award, 2004

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

We must learn something new every day........

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2016-10-15 stored carpet temps:

As we all know, and carpet installation standards require, carpet must be acclimated to the indoor environment before installation.   The CRI 105 installation standard says the minimum temperature of the

2016-06-08 Carpet Quality:

 I have no way, nor does anyone else, to contact anyone who has installed a carpet; its simply due to the way carpet goes to a retailer and thus to the consumer.  Consumers' orders are placed with the

2016-06-08 Carpet Quality:

First, some clarification of the name.  Stainmaster refers to the stain and soil resist treatments supplied to the carpet manufacturer by Invista, who makes the fiber and treatments only rather then the

2016-04-17 mohawk carpet:

Sorry, I sent - or thought I sent - a reply 2 days ago; the send process is a 2 step, so I apparently missed one.    The number 46758 refers to a Mohawk product that is manufactured under their number

2016-01-20 New Carpeting installed over Pad:

 This question requires several answers.    1. There is no requirement that the pad be replaced IF it is in good condition.  Pad that has dried urine cannot be considered to be in good condition and must


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