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European Cleaning and
Hygiene Technology Research Association

Who is FRT?

Research Association

The European Cleaning and Hygiene Technology Research Association (FRT) was incorporated in 1991 by renowned enterprises and registered in the association roll of the Krefeld commercial court; it is an accepted non-profit organisation. As a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen „Otto von Guericke“ e.V. (Association of Industrial Research Organisations, AiF), it has access to pre-competitive research programmes and funding for small and medium sized enterprises which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Our goal

Economic Development

FRT is a network of the affiliated professional organisations and companies in the field of cleaning and hygiene. It plans and evaluates projects of common interest and tries to find ways how to finance them. It organises an implementation relevant to industrial interests and the fast and effective transfer of the achieved results into practise. Its scope hereby is to maximise the financing from public funds, which is offered for pre-competitive research and development especially for small and medium enterprises.

FRT shall initiate research projects of its members' common interest, give help in transferring the results into the individual companies and thereby find answers for the growing demands of the ecological and quality assurance discussion in the field of cleaning and care of hard surfaces. The research organisation is funded by the subscriptions of its members.


Research Determination

The members determine the research programme and the individual research projects according to their priorities and the economical importance by their elected research advisory board. They assign the work to be done according to their interests.

Advantages of a Membership

  • Members determine the topics of FRT-research.
  • Members can discuss and solve problems in the area of cleaning, maintenance and hygiene of hard surfaces in working groups.
  • Members can initiate diploma theses.
  • Members can obtain answers from experts.
  • Members can obtain continuous information about the research projects in progress due to participation in the work and can use these information directly.
  • Members get assistance in transferring research results.
  • Members are informed on a regular basis by "FRT-Information" about progress in research work, new cognitions in other sectors, new international literature, further developments and changes in the legal situation.
  • Members are offered assistance in solving technical problems (process technology, environmental aspects), in the application process for public funds, in discussions with the government or local authorities.
  • Members improve their prospects for the future by collaborating in the FRT work in the field of standardisation, determination of regulations and contribution to legislation.

Research Projects

in progress

IGF 21876 N

Magnetosensitive care filming for resilient floor coverings for automated, process-integrated determination of filming quality

in progress

IGF 21831 N

Process-induced release of peptide mimetics to ensure sustainable hygiene of elastic floorings

in progress

IGF 21829 N

Bioimpedimetric monitoring of disinfection processes using polarizable membrane models

in progress

IGF 281 EN

Evaluation of disinfection performance in catalytic UVA treatment of weakly microbially contaminated waters

in progress

IGF 21537 N

Stimulus-amphiphilic surfactant systems for cleaning textile floor coverings

in progress

IGF 21453 N

Immobilizable Scorpion primers for the detection of viral pathogens

in progress

IGF 21357 N

Artificial intelligence for determining the slip resistance class of installed resilient floor coverings

in progress

IGF 21338 N

Dynamically cross-linked maintenance filming for resilient floor coverings

in progress

IGF 21239 N

Quasi liquid coating systems based on trifunctional polymers for the generation of oil and water repellent surfaces

in progress

IGF 21186 N

Convergence amplification and fluoroswitch detection for the determination of hygiene-relevant ESKAPE pathogens


IGF 20833 N

Electronic performance indicator for commercial dishwashers


IGF 20734 N

pH-sociated care coating for elastic floorings



IGF 20697 N

Magnetostrictive Snap Sensitizing sensor for monitoring microbiological water quality



IGF 20504 N

Care coatings from liquid membrane separated complementary phase dispersions



IGF 20437 N

Disinfection and deodorization of textile floor coverings with plasma-activated water vapour during daily maintenance cleaning



IGF 20304 N

MRSA detection based on up-conversion glassfibres



IGF 20214 N

Magneto-spumar particles for residue-free cleaning of textile floor coverings



IGF 20153 N

Self-regenerating, fluorine-free, hydrophobic and oleophobic finishing of textile materials based on self-opening micelles



IGF 19998 N

Monitoring of microbiological water quality by detection of microbial indicator enzymes using a bioelectric flow cell



IGF 19949 N

Shock wave based cleaning method for wet barefoot areas


Task Groups & Standardization

Laun­der­ing & treat­ment of clean­ing tex­tiles

Clean­ing and main­te­nance rec­om­men­da­tions elas­tic floor­ings

Min­er­al floor­ings

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of wood, par­quet and lam­i­nate floor­ings

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of sports, gyms and mul­ti-pur­pose halls

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of stone and ce­ram­ics

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of wood­en floor­ings, dance halls

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of san­i­tary fit­tings

Elas­tic floor­ings

Elas­tic floor­ings with spe­cial elec­tro­stat­ic prop­er­ties

Project advisory boards