ASTM E2346 / E2346M - 14

    Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Household Hard Surface-Cleaning Products with Emphasis on Spray Triggers

    Active Standard ASTM E2346 / E2346M | Developed by Subcommittee: E18.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The methods outlined in this guide can be used to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate the sensory characteristics and performance of trigger hard surface household cleaning products for nonporous surfaces.

    5.2 The methods are suited for descriptive analysis and may be adaptable for consumer acceptance research.

    5.3 This guide provides the procedure for the evaluation of package, application, performance, after-use and fragrance aspects of hard surface cleaners. Depending on the test objectives, all or some of these measures may be used.

    5.4 This guide is designed for use for product research guidance in product formulation, new product development, and quality control issues.

    5.5 This guide is a compendium of information or series of options that does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide is not intended for claim substantiation, as it has not been subjected to validation testing.

    5.6 This guide is for use by individuals who familiarize themselves with these procedures and who have previous experience with sensory evaluations. It is suggested that the individuals have some experience with developing and training a descriptive panel or work under the supervision of a sensory professional who has.

    5.7 This guide might involve hazardous materials. This guide does not claim to address all of the safety problems associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this guide to establish appropriate safety and healthy practices and to determine the applicability of limitations prior to use.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide presents guidelines specific to the sensory evaluation of trigger hard surface cleaners. It covers the procedure for preparing a nonporous surface with the intent to measure one or all of the various aspects of a trigger product: package, application, performance, and after-use properties, with focus on visual, tactile, fragrance, performance, and package ergonomics. It is applicable for use with assessors, highly trained assessors, and consumers.

    1.2 This guide for preparing nonporous hard surfaces is intended to focus on surface preparation and evaluation, not on panel selection, training, or development.

    1.3 The reader should be aware that good sensory practices are required when preparing the surfaces, and in developing and training the assessors.

    1.4 The researcher is responsible for identifying the most appropriate test design and using the appropriate statistical tool to address that experimental design.

    1.5 Since this guide's intended use is to provide direction on the presentation and measurement of the different aspects of spray trigger hard surface cleaners, this guide may not accurately represent all possible soils and surfaces where spray trigger hard surface cleaners may be used.

    1.6 This guide provides suggested procedures and is not meant to exclude alternate procedures that may be effectively used to provide the same results.

    1.7 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard. Values are stated in only SI units when inch-pound units are not used in practice.

    1.8 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 to determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.


    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

    D4265 Guide for Evaluating Stain Removal Performance in Home Laundering

    D5343 Guide for Evaluating Cleaning Performance of Ceramic Tile Cleaners

    E253 Terminology Relating to Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products

    ISO Documents

    ISO 11035 Sensory Analysis--Methodology-- Identification of Descriptors for Establishing a Sensory Profile

    ISO 4121 Sensory Analysis--Methodology--Evaluation of Food Products by Methods Using Scales and Categories

    ISO 5492 Sensory Analysis--Vocabulary

    ISO 5496 Sensory Analysis--Methodology--Initiation and Training of Assessors in the Detection and Recognition of Odors

    ISO 6658 Sensory Analysis--Methodology--General Guidance

    ISO 8586-1 Sensory Analysis--Methodology--General Guidance for Choosing, Training and Monitoring of Selected Assessors

    CSPA Test Methods

    DCC-09A Standard Guide for Evaluating the Filming and Streaking of Glass Cleaners

    DCC-09 Glass Cleaners

    DCC-12 Guidelines for Screening the Efficacy of Oven Cleaners

    DCC-16 Guidelines for Evaluating the Efficacy of Bathroom Cleaners Scrubber Test for Measuring the Removal of Lime Soap


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.99 (Other products of the chemical industry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E2346_E2346M

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E2346 / E2346M-14, Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Household Hard Surface-Cleaning Products with Emphasis on Spray Triggers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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