The Real Deal
The most realistic test uses carpet. Something that scratches, has fiber flexation, and can be walked on. Get a piece of carpet, I used nylon. Take a marker and section your carpet into several squares from top to bottom. Than work into the center from left to right your properly diluted encap samples. Let dry completely. Than take two pieces of tape and make a runway down the center from left to right. Open a vacuum bag or get a soil sample and apply it to the runway. Remove your tape and vacuum. You can get a pocket microscope from Radio Shack for a few bucks and examine your sample more closely. Also, how does the carpet look and feel? Place this test carpet under your desk or in a doorway for a few weeks. Does the runway resoil more quickly than the rest of the carpet?
Does it dry completely or smear when touched? (Make sure it is completely dry) Sprinkle on some dry soil – will it stick to it when dry? Is it clear, slightly clouded or very clouded? This will affect the brightness of the cleaned carpet. On dry, clean carpet, glide your hand over its surface. The carpet should feel like a cotton shirt out of the dryer. In other words, there should be no resistance when you glide your hand over the fibers. It should just feel smooth and soft, not sticky.
Although testing on a carpet takes more time and effort you are rewarded with much more info you can use to determine your encap selection.
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by John H. Klucznik, Founder of Bonnet Pro and Key Floor Care