ASTM F1284 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Evaluating Carpet Embedded Dirt Removal Effectiveness of Residential Central Vacuum Cleaning Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F1284 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides a laboratory test for determining the relative carpet dirt removal effectiveness of residential central vacuum cleaning systems when tested under standard conditions and on representative types of carpets.

    This laboratory test method may not give a representation of carpet embedded dirt cleaning effectiveness in the home.

    In order to provide a uniform basis for measuring performance as described in 1.2, standardized test carpets and standardized test dirt are employed in this procedure.

    The results reflect a non-loaded cleaning capability and may not be representative of cleaning capabilities under dirt loading conditions.

    1. Scope

    1.1 1.1   This test method covers only a laboratory test for determining the relative carpet dirt removal effectives of residential central vacuum cleaning systems when tested under specified conditions.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to residential central vacuum cleaning systems intended for cleaning carpets.

    1.3 This test method applies only to embedded dirt removal from carpets, not the removal of surface litter and debris.

    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.

    X1.1.1 The purpose of this test is to determine a ratio of a carpet-embedded dirt removal effectiveness and a home-carpet embedded removal effectiveness rating which can be used for comparing one or more vacuum cleaners against a standard vacuum cleaner and determining correlation with laboratory ASTM tests. The results are representative of the geographic area covered by the test homes.


    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

    D75 Practice for Sampling Aggregates

    E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    F608 Test Method for Evaluation of Carpet Embedded Dirt Removal Effectiveness of Household/Commercial Vacuum Cleaners

    F655 Specification for Test Carpets and Pads for Vacuum Cleaner Testing

    F884 Test Method for Motor Life Evaluation of a Built-In (Central Vacuum) Vacuum Cleaner

    F922 Test Method for Motor Life Evaluation of an Electric Motorized Nozzle

    F1038 Test Method for Motor Life Evaluation of a Canister, Hand-held, Stick, and Utility Type Vacuum Cleaner Without a Driven Agitator

    F1334 Test Method for Determining A-Weighted Sound Power Level of Vacuum Cleaners

    F1409 Test Method for Straight Line Movement of Vacuum Cleaners While Cleaning Carpets


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 47121602(Vacuum cleaners)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1284-09

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