AATCC Test Method 123-2000
Carpet Soiling: Accelerated Soiling Method

Developed in 1967 by AATCC Committee RA57

1.  Purpose and Scope

1.1  This test method describes a procedure for the accelerated soiling of carpets.   It can be used to compare the soiling propensity of two or more carpets; or it can be used to soil carpets as a preliminary step in measuring either the ability of a carpet to be cleaned or the efficiency of a cleaning process.  This accelerated carpet soiling method has been found to give similar results similar to floor service soiling, but its use is recommended only as a screening method and not as a replacement for floor testing.

2.  Principle

2.1  Specimens of carpet are tumbled together with prepared synthetic soil in a laboratory ball mill for a predetermined time.

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