ASTM F2608 - 07

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Change in Room Air Particulate Counts as a Result of the Vacuum Cleaning Process

    Active Standard ASTM F2608 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    ASTM F2608

    Significance and Use

    In this test method, the amount of particulate generated into the air by operating a vacuum cleaner over a specific floor covering that is contaminated with dust will be determined. Particles from the motor, floor covering, and the test dust will all be measured. The amount of dust generated in the laboratory practice will differ from that in residential/commercial installations because of variations in floor coverings, soil and other solid particulate compositions, the vacuuming process used by individual operators, the air exchange rate of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and other factors.

    To provide a uniform basis for measuring the performance in 4.1, a standardized test chamber, equipment, floor covering material, and dust particulate are used in this test method.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method provides a laboratory test for the measurement of particulate generated as a direct result of the vacuuming process.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to all residential/commercial uprights, canisters, stickvacs, central vacuum systems, and combination cleaners.

    1.3 This test method applies to test dust removal from floor coverings not the removal of surface litter and debris.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only

    1.5 This test method may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. 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.


    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

    F555 Test Method for Motor Life Evaluation of an Upright Vacuum Cleaner

    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

    AHAM Standard

    ANSI/AHAMAC-1-2006 Test Method for Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners Available from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, 19th St. NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036.

    Other References

    StandardLaboratory Practice for Quantifying Respirable Particulate Emissions Generated by Residential/Commercial Vacuums and Central Vacuum Systems, Carpet and Rug Institute, 12/4/02


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.040.20 (Ambient atmospheres)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 47121602(Vacuum cleaners)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2608-07

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