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IEHA and TURI announce enhanced scrubbing test

February 24, 2010
WESTERVILLE, OH — The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and the University of Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) laboratory announced the use of the BYK-Gardner Abrasion Tester to enhance analysis for the IEHA/TURI High-performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program, according to a press release.
According to the release, the device enables a real-world, variable and repeatable rubbing or scrubbing action to test hard surface cleaners, scrub brushes and scouring pads.
Jason Marshall, UMass TURI laboratory director, said: "This device takes the guesswork out of comparing product performance since it precisely matches pressure and rate of cleaning from surface to surface and from product to product. It enables apples-to-apples comparisons between cleaning methodologies to identify high performance."
The BYK-Gardner Abrasion Tester utilizes a wiper to simulate real-life situations using a reciprocating linear motion and can be used for wet or dry cleaning testing, the release stated.
In order to qualify for HPCP designation, a product must remove 85 percent of soil using this testing method, the release noted.
The IEHA will use the test results to enhance and expand the IHEA Field Test published in Executive Housekeeping Today, the release added.
Click here to read the complete release.