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Summary: Advance AquaClean® Extractor Receives Award at Joint CRI and NASA Event

The Advance AquaClean® 16XP extractor was honored at the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) new carpet extractor Seal of Approval program launch at the Kennedy Space Center earlier this month.  The event was held in conjunction with NASA and the Space Foundation in order to showcase CRI’s new X-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing procedure that precisely measures the amount of soil remaining in carpet after extraction.  The AquaClean 16XP unit received a Bronze Certification for its high productivity maintenance mode.

“Cleaning professionals want equipment that they can count on to get the job done, but there are so many machines out there, it can be hard to sort through all of them,” says Sara Thurston, Brand Manager for Advance.  “CRI’s new program will help guide cleaning professionals looking to buy the most effective equipment.”  Carpet manufacturers agree that the CRI testing provides valuable machine performance information.  In fact, several carpet manufacturers have already announced plans to require the use of CRI-approved carpet cleaning equipment as part of their carpet warranties.

The XRF testing procedure utilizes technology developed by NASA that analyzes the emission spectrum when an atom is excited.  In the test, a patch of carpet receives a set amount of soil.  The cleaning machine is then allowed to extract the carpet.  After the machine is done cleaning, the XRF gun irradiates the carpet and the soil left behind emits fluorescent X-ray radiation based on the energy characteristics of each element.  Scientists then measure the intensities of the emitted energies to determine how much soil is present in the sample. 

In addition to measuring soil, the Seal of Approval also includes criteria that requires residual moisture in the carpet to be below a certain standard and that the machine not affect carpet appearance.  

Established in 1991, CRI is a national carpet and rug industry trade organization with the goal of achieving standardization and certification in carpet cleaning.  In 2000 they established a performance certification standard for vacuums, and now CRI’s research and certification programs have been extended to carpet extractor performance.  

Nilfisk-Advance Group

With the acquisition of ALTO in spring 2004, Nilfisk-Advance became the world’s leading supplier of professional cleaning machines. As a result of the acquisition the Nilfisk-Advance organization was expanded by a further number of production and sales subsidiaries in Europe, North America and the Far East. Nilfisk-Advance has today a turnover of approximately 670m EUR and employs around 3,800 people. The Company has production in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Hungary, USA, Singapore and China, and sales subsidiaries in 35 countries. In combination with an extensive network of dealers, Nilfisk-Advance is globally represented.

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