ASTM D6119 - 12

    Standard Practice for Creating Surface Appearance Changes in Pile Yarn Floor Covering from Foot Traffic

    Active Standard ASTM D6119 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02


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    Significance and Use

    By exposure to sufficient traffic, this practice can be applied to any pile yarn floor covering which undergoes changes in surface appearance.

    This practice does not simulate surface appearance changes due to soiling, pivoting, or rolling traffic, or traffic on stairs.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the trafficking of pile yarn floor coverings in a laboratory in order to effect a change in surface appearance as a result of exposure to foot traffic under controlled conditions. A separate test method covers the assessment of surface appearance change using the CRI Reference Scales.

    1.2 This practice is applicable to most changes in surface appearance observed in all types of carpet that are intended for residential or commercial use. It eliminates change in appearance associated with soiling by focusing on appearance change due to matting, flattening, or change in pile fiber configuration. Although pile reversal or watermarking is occasionally visible, this practice is not a reliable method for producing this phenomenon.

    1.3 This practice may be used by mutual agreement between the purchaser and supplier to set purchasing specifications.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.5 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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 7.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D5684 Terminology Relating to Pile Floor Coverings

    TM-101 CRI Technical Bulletin

    Assessment of Carpet Surface Appearance Change Using CRI Reference Scales Available from CRI, P.O. Box 2048, Dalton, GA 30722.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.60 (Textile floor coverings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30161719(Carpet or rug underlays)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6119-12

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