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November/December 2008
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Re-Tack Ability in Carpet Adhesives

ASTM International Committee D14 on Adhesives invites interested parties from the floor covering industry to join in the development of a proposed new standard, WK21142, Practice for Determination of Re-Tack Ability in Carpet Adhesives. The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D14.10 on Working Properties

According to Larry Press, director of flooring, Helmitin Adhesives Inc., and chair of D14.10’s task group on floor covering adhesives, the ability of a carpet adhesive to continue to work after it has dried to the touch is an important property of carpet and other multipurpose adhesives. “This property is also an integral part of and necessary for the installation of carpet with special or high performance backings along with double glue installations,” says Press.

The floor covering industry will be the primary user of WK21142, which will provide a protocol for determining the ability of a carpet adhesive to bond or re-bond carpet to a substrate after the adhesive has dried or been allowed to remain open for an extended period of time.

“We are looking for more industry support from the floor covering industry and those with similar interests,” says Press. “This will be part of a specification currently under development for non-specialty adhesives to be used with broadloom carpet.”

CONTACT

Technical Information: Larry Press, Helmitin Adhesives Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.

Phone: 904-765-2364

ASTM Staff: Joseph Hugo

Phone: 610-832-9740