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We have been listening to the market and understand there is a need for resilient flooring that looks as good on the day you replace it as the day that it was installed. For our first line of defense when it comes to scratch and appearance retention, we use an ExoGuard+ top coat, which is one of the highest performing top coats on the market today. To highlight the performance, we developed a new test procedure called Repetitive Traffic Scratching, or RTS.

RTS Brochure

Introducing our Repetitive Traffic Scratching Test Method

Patcraft ExoGuard+ versus Competitor

Patcraft ExoGuard+ versus Competitor

From chairs and tables being constantly pulled across the floor, to sand and dirt on shoes being walked in from outside, ‘micro scratches’ are often the most common issue with resilient flooring today. To prove our performance against micro scratches, our technical team created the RTS test method based off of the Martindale procedure.


RTS Test Procedure

RTS Test Procedure

The Martindale Scratch Test Method BS EN 16094 allows for consistent, repeatable and reliable results by using calibrated and standardized weights, abraders, cycles and wear paths. Utilizing this mechanism, we were able to configure the machine and develop a test that would mimic the effects of real life traffic patterns to demonstrate how our products perform.

View the RTS Test Method Procedure

RTS Grading Scale

RTS Grading Scale

After the test is performed, samples are given a numerical rating from 1 to 5 with 1 being absolutely no change in the visual of the product to 5 being heavy, or very noticeable changes in the product.

Patcraft ExoGuard+ styles receive a score of No Change, or No to Slight Change with the RTS test method compared to competitor’s product.

View our ExoGuard+ Tearsheet