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Old 01-21-2021, 05:06 PM
Rikochet Rikochet is offline
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looks like, as said, winter salt off your shoes.
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:18 AM
Jake14 Jake14 is offline
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thanks for all the replies. I took the carpet out to clean it and just sprayed water on it in my driveway. An amazing amount of soapy water was the result. I guess there's some sort of treatment or chemical applied to the material for some reason. this was apparently the 'white powder' I saw

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Old 04-07-2021, 06:48 PM
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Perhaps it is some form of "fire resistant" chemical treatment for the rug/fabric?
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:57 AM
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Default I've seen that

I have a bunch of new airline carpet..enough to carpet a B777 for real. It does the same thing when it gets wet. I use it for hangar floor, garage floor,ect, and when it gets water spilled or dripped on it, white rings/powder will form. I pressure wash it, and it looks like soap foam big time. I assumed it was a fire blocking substance, and oddly, in 42 years of working airliners and seeing "in service" carpet get cleaned with Stanly Steemer type equipment I never noticed it.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:50 AM
gfb gfb is offline
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Reach out to the vendor and ask them about this.
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:11 AM
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Have you given rides to any prominent Americans? Could be Parmesan cheese crumbs...
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