Basic Tools for Carpet Inspections

Per IICRC S600: The objective of this chapter is to discuss some of the more common tools, equipment and materials and their application to carpet inspection and carpet repairs/corrections. Before a carpet inspection can begin, carpet inspectors should be familiar with, and have access to, certain tools, equipment and materials that are required to accomplish their work. Since this document is not designed to be a training manual, carpet inspectors should have specialized training in using and operating tools, equipment and materials during the carpet inspection and carpet repairs/corrections. Carpet inspectors shall follow the equipment, tool and material manufacturer’s instructions and label directions for safe and proper use of tools, equipment and materials.

Computer (for filing, writing inspection reports and communication)
Communication devices: (e.g., phones, cell phones, fax, email or other communication tools to communicate with clients /customers)
Phone and email communication while in the field
Check list (list to provide guidance in inspecting)
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) shall be available for all chemical products 

Contents of Basic Carpet Inspection Kit:

Links to Recommended Products:

Clipboard/notepad for work-orders/note taking
Pens -writing, marking
Graph or diagram paper -for drawing a floor plan
Ultra-Violet Light (UV) or UV Ultraiolet LED Flashlight
Lighted Microscope
Handheld Microscopes
Lighted Microscope
Field tuft-bind tester (push/pull meter, Chatillon gauge, digital gauge)
Forceps-Straight and Curved
Needle Nose Pliers
Velcro Roller
Duckbill Shears
pH test kit/strips or meter
Distilled water
Moisture-Urine Sensor
Test Tubes-Sample Containers
Clear packaging tape
Heavy duty aluminum foil
Carpet Awl
Turning tool
Molding lifter
Metal measuring tape
Sonic, laser measuring device
Tamping brush
Spotters: alcohol, alkaline, all purpose spot remover, volatile dry solvent, acetic acid, 7% ammonia,  – spot removal/test cleaning chemicals
Straight edge
Micro-ruler or digital caliper
90 degree square, T-square or laser square
Dry String
Digital Camera
Tripod or monopod
Shadowbox and/or 250-500 watt Inspection Light
Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Field Evaluation Scale- photographic texture scales
Carpet groomer
Row finder
Digital microscope
Gram Scale
Bone Spatula (bone scraper)


Fiber Testing Chemicals (in-plant)
Formic acid – nylon ID
Sodium hypochlorite – wool ID
Chlorine bleach indicator chemical (ortho-toluidine)

Urine detector: Azostix or Vet Vet-Bun Reagent Strips