Active Standard ASTM E2346 | Developed by Subcommittee: E18.07
Book of Standards Volume: 15.08
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Significance and Use
The methods outlined in this guide can be used to qualitatively and quantitatively describe the sensory characteristics and performance of trigger hard surface household cleaning products for nonporous surfaces.
The methods are suited for descriptive analysis and may be adaptable for consumer acceptance research.
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.
This guide, as defined by ASTM, is designed for use for product research guidance in product formulation, new product development, and quality control issues.
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.
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.
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.
1.1 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 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.
D2690 Test Method for Isophthalic Acid in Alkyd and Polyester Resins
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 DocumentsISO11035 Sensory AnalysisMethodology Identification of Descriptors for Establishing a Sensory Profile
ICS Number Code 71.100.99 (Other products of the chemical industry)