Originally Posted by Dasmopar
Our local track has the same carpet that was used at Cleveland this past year. It was bought new this past fall. We are having a problem with getting a ton of carpet fuzz on the foam tire class cars and it even wraps it's self around the front tires and makes the cars push badly. 1/12th scale stock class slows down around 1 sec a lap because of this carpet fuzz on the tires. A vacum is being used without the flapper aka brush wheel so it's just sucking up the chunks of wood, tire chunks, paint flakes, ect ect. At first everyone thought it was just because the carpet is new but it's not new anymore and it's still shedding ALOT!!
Is there anything we should be doing to get rid of this fuzz? We talked about trying a normal vacum cleaner on it but everyone seems to think thats a bad idea.
Thanks for any thoughts or ideas.
Our carpet here is 2 1/2 years old and I have a pretty regular schedule for "cleaning" the carpet. We have not steam cleaned the carpet.
Every once in awhile we will have a layout that uses a section of the carpet that does not get run on as much as others ( we change from roadcourse to oval every week, i.e. oval-mon/tues, then road wed-sun), and we will see fibers being pulled up, but not to the amount your describing.
We try to have the same layout for at least 4 weeks, but every week on the change over we spot clean the areas that have built up debris, yes we use a beater bar in the vacuum.
Traction can be an issue when we go back to roadcourse, but it is something the racers know, and the groove comes back fairly quick.
Once a month the entire track gets vacuumed, perpindicular to the main seam. I have tried various different things but that seems to work the best.I have even tried a hand broom and swept around the corners to try and get the carpet to "lay" in the right direction. We still pull up fibers on occassion, but that has more to to do with the area of carpet that is being used.
Hope that helps