AATCC Test Method 171-2010

Carpets:  Cleaning of; Hot Water Extraction Method

Developed in 1987 by AATCC Committee RA57

1.  Purpose and Scope

1.1  This test method provides a laboratory procedure to clean textile floor coverings by a technique simulating cleaning of installed floor coverings by hot water extraction, sometimes erroneously called "steam cleaning."
1.2  This test method may be used to clean a carpet in a manner that duplicates the most popular (70%) means of actual on-floor cleaning of carpets.
1.3  This test method prepares specimens that can be tested for many properties; e.g., colorfastness, dimensional stability, permanency of finishes, ease of cleaning, etc.



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