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Significance and Use
4.1 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.
4.2 To provide a uniform basis for measuring the performance in , a standardized test chamber, equipment, floor covering material, and dust particulate are used in this test method.
4.3 Due to the large range of generated particle counts observed among products in the vacuum cleaner industry at the present time, the test results of the maximum particle counts generated under this test method are expressed in Log10 equivalents for evaluation and comparison of product performance.
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 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.
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 StandardANSI/AHAM AC-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 ReferencesIEC 60312 Vacuum Cleaners for Household Use--Methods for Measuring the Performance Standard Laboratory Practice for Quantifying Respirable Particulate Emissions Generated by Residential/Commercial Vacuums and Central Vacuum Systems, Carpet and Rug Institute, 12/4/02
ICS Number Code 13.040.20 (Ambient atmospheres)
UNSPSC Code 47121602(Vacuum cleaners)
ASTM F2608-15, Standard Test Method for Determining the Change in Room Air Particulate Counts as a Result of the Vacuum Cleaning Process, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top