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Why do aircraft cabins still have carpet and fabric upholstery ?

Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:17 am
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Why do aircraft cabins still have carpet and fabric upholstery ?

It is a well known fact that linoleum, PVC or other plastic floors are much more hygineical than carpet. The same applies to seats without carpet or other fabric upholstery. And, yet, aircraft cabins are full of these dust and even pests infested upholstery ? The same also applies to most long distance trains and luxury coaches. We have learned from the pandemic than hygiene is important. Are the cabins after a flight arrives at its final destination vacuumed or otherwise thoroughly cleaned during turnaround ?
And what about new planes ? Do they have more hygienic floors and seat upholstery ?
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:24 am
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I have hardwood floors upstairs and carpet in my basement...if I go a few days without cleaning my wood floors, you can tell. Meanwhile, I can probably not vacuum the carpet for a year, and you'd never know.

That's why they still have carpet.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 6:53 pm
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Originally Posted by airsurfer
It is a well known fact that linoleum, PVC or other plastic floors are much more hygineical than carpet. The same applies to seats without carpet or other fabric upholstery. And, yet, aircraft cabins are full of these dust and even pests infested upholstery ? The same also applies to most long distance trains and luxury coaches. We have learned from the pandemic than hygiene is important. Are the cabins after a flight arrives at its final destination vacuumed or otherwise thoroughly cleaned during turnaround ?
And what about new planes ? Do they have more hygienic floors and seat upholstery ?
fire retardant, easier to clean, safer in an emergency (fumes)

are you eating off of the floor? Where are reports coming from of aircraft infested with pests (other than gate lice)?

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Old Jan 16, 2024, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by airsurfer
It is a well known fact that linoleum, PVC or other plastic floors are much more hygineical than carpet.
"hygineical?"
Sez who?
Originally Posted by airsurfer
The same applies to seats without carpet or other fabric upholstery. And, yet, aircraft cabins are full of these dust and even pests infested upholstery ? The same also applies to most long distance trains and luxury coaches. We have learned from the pandemic than hygiene is important. Are the cabins after a flight arrives at its final destination vacuumed or otherwise thoroughly cleaned during turnaround ?
And what about new planes ? Do they have more hygienic floors and seat upholstery ?
Five minutes of research would tell you why shutting people in a tube with PVC and minimal air circulation would be a very dangerous idea. I'd rather take my chances with dust than PVC fumes.
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 6:52 am
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hard surfaces are terribly uncomfortable
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Old Jan 17, 2024, 10:26 am
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Some Swiss mountain trains have wooden benches. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable a flight wood(&#128522 be with slatted wood benches in place of seats.
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Old Jan 17, 2024, 6:52 pm
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hard surfaces are terribly uncomfortable
And loud/echo-y.

Can you imagine 10 or 11 hours in an oil drum?
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Old Jan 17, 2024, 8:49 pm
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Why do aircraft cabins still have carpet and fabric upholstery ?
​​​​​​​Noise is why there is carpet. As for fabric upholstery, cost and comfort.
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Old Feb 4, 2024, 2:05 pm
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Boarding via steps on a remote stand during wet weather would result in slippery floors if hard flooring was used instead of carpet.
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Old Feb 4, 2024, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by airsurfer
It is a well known fact that linoleum, PVC or other plastic floors are much more hygineical than carpet. The same applies to seats without carpet or other fabric upholstery. And, yet, aircraft cabins are full of these dust and even pests infested upholstery ? The same also applies to most long distance trains and luxury coaches. We have learned from the pandemic than hygiene is important. Are the cabins after a flight arrives at its final destination vacuumed or otherwise thoroughly cleaned during turnaround ?
And what about new planes ? Do they have more hygienic floors and seat upholstery ?
In addition to all the other responses, the bolded is wrong as well. What we learned from the panicky days of the pandemic was that wiping down surfaces because someone just touched it was a waste of time.
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Old Feb 4, 2024, 8:03 pm
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OP would have lost it on old NW DC-9s with their cloth seat covers and if the sunlight hit the plane just right during boarding the huge cloud of dust blasted upwards as each butt slammed down would have caused some concerns... but this was 2002-ish so nobody cared.

Pleather seat covers are sweaty and gross, but that's what we have now because cheap and easy to clean in case of occupant leakage.
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“Occupant leakage” aaaahahahaha
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Old Feb 7, 2024, 9:15 pm
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“Occupant leakage” aaaahahahaha
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Old Mar 12, 2024, 10:23 pm
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I'm glad that I don't live in OP's sterile but hard-surfaced world.

Besides comfort, soft surfaces reflect sound less. I imagine a clean, hard-surfaced, and loudER airplane.
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Old Mar 13, 2024, 3:38 am
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In addition to sound suppression and traction, as referenced above, carpets also provide temperature insulation.
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