Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effect of Disinfectants, Cleaning, and Drying Practices on Oriental Rugs Flooded with Contaminated River Water: Public Health and Policy Implications
by Bernazzani, Daniel, Ph.D., Antioch University, 2012, 81; 10630839
Abstract (Summary)

Oriental rugs contaminated with Category 3 floodwater potentially harbor environmental bacteria known to be human pathogens. River water inoculated with three species of gram positive and gram negative environmental bacteria (Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa) were used to assess the effectiveness of disinfectant type, cleaning methodology and drying practices by examining the survival rates of bacteria. Rug sections were immersed for one hour in contaminated water, saturated in one of three EPA registered disinfectant products (Phenol, Quaternary chloride, and Thyme oil) or tap water as a control, followed by cleaning and drying. The results showed that all disinfectants reduced the overall microbial load better than tap water. Two applications of disinfectants were slightly more effective than one application, which, in combination with drying in 24 hours or less, produced an effect that notably reduced microbial counts. These results provide in-plant rug cleaners the ability to assess the benefits of different products and drying procedures, and demonstrate significant reductions of potentially pathogenic bacteria in Oriental rugs contaminated with Category 3 water. Keywords bacteria, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Category 3 water, efficacy of cleaning and decontamination, contents remediation, microbial contamination, sewage, Oriental Rugs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jordan, James
Commitee: Cole, Eugene, DrPH, Jordan, James, Maltz, Alesia
School: Antioch University
Department: Antioch New England: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Occupational health, Environmental Health, Environmental Studies, Environmental science, Textile Research
Keywords: Category 3 water, Climate change, Environmental health, Environmental science, Environmental studies, Textile research
Publication Number: 10630839
ISBN: 9780355011739
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