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Why Carpeted Floors On Aircraft?  
User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 717 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

From recent expeiences with crumbs and the such being embedded into the carpet fibers on aircraft floors....

Why is carpet used at all?

Why not an easy to clean vinyl?

Or even an good coat of an epoxy-based paint over the existing sub-floor?

I'd think that the paint would be a substansial weight savings over the carpet. And, an epoxy-based paint would be water-proof and help prevent corrosion (due to spilled drinks, etc...).

And, the vinyl or paint would be really really easy to see and clean the crumbs.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 28494 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Quoting Warreng24 (Thread starter):
Why not an easy to clean vinyl?

Ever try walking on wet vinyl? Ever try walking on that same vinyl once the sugar containing beverage that made it wet has dried? Neither one of those is a particularly attractive option for the airline, and neither is a cart sliding all over the place because the surface is too slick. Carpeting serves a rather practical purpose.

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Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Plus whatever you would use would eventually scratch up from all the people walking on it and it would look like crap.

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Quoting Warreng24 (Thread starter):
And, the vinyl or paint would be really really easy to see and clean the crumbs.

Slippery when wet, almost always = lawsuits. Visible grime and rubbish on vinyl or paint will actually force some airlines to clean the floors more regularly, as opposed to vacuuming the carpets once in a blue moon. Regular cleaning = higher costs; which some airlines don't like  twocents 



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