Bill Luallen

Bill Luallen is the Director of Technical Services for XL North, a division of Textile Rubber and Chemical Company. He is the current IICRC CCMT TAC Chair and also the former Vice Chair of the RFMT. He participates on many panels and boards including the CRI 204/205 Carpet Maintenance and Cleaning Standards. When Bill is not traveling to work with customers or talking on the phone, he spends all his down time with his wife Cynthia of 30 years, outside enjoying this beautiful world.

carpet fibercolor shift

While out on a routine maintenance inspection at a client’s facility, Chip Grimes, President of Facility Services Group, discovered areas of red discoloration in the carpet. After discussing the carpet fiber color shift with XL North’s Bill Luallen, it was determined that chemical overspray from a previous tile and grout cleaning had discolored the carpet. Fortunately, it was a fixable issue and FSG’s technicians were provided the following process to correct the problem.

  • The carpet fibers damaged by the color shift were dampened.
  • Undiluted XL TC Tile Cleaner was sprayed onto the areas, agitated with a brush and allowed to dwell for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • A spot extractor was used to rinse and remove XL TC.

Although it took three rounds of this process to change the color back to original, each round showed significant improvement.

Carpet Fiber Color Shift Before Correction with XL North Chemistry
After Using XL TC Tile Cleaner to correct the carpet fiber color shift