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This test method details the standard procedures for the determination of the resistance to staining of ceramic tile surfaces. A unsanded contrasting tile grout, black carbon lamp, waterproof black ink, washable ink, potassium permanganate solution, and methylene blue solutions are the staining agents required for this test method. Also, the following materials and apparatuses are needed: plain end glass test tubes; glass pipets; an oven; lintless, absorbent clothes or paper towels; distilled or deionized water; a light source; cleaning agents; hot water; weak commercial cleaning agent not containing abrasive; strong commercial cleaning agent containing abrasive; and suitable solvents such as hydrochloric acid and potassium hydroxide solution. The resistance to staining is determined by maintaining test solutions in contact with ceramic tile surfaces for a specified period of time. After exposure, the surface is cleaned in a defined manner, and the test specimens are inspected visually for change.
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1.1 This test method is intended to determine the resistance to staining of ceramic tile surfaces.
1.2 The resistance to staining is determined by maintaining test solutions in contact with ceramic tile surfaces for a specified period of time. After exposure, the surface is cleaned in a defined manner, and the test specimens are inspected visually for change.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
ICS Number Code 81.060.99 (Other standards related to ceramics)
ASTM C1378-04(2009), Standard Test Method for Determination of Resistance to Staining, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top