ASTM F2609 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Litter-Cleaning Effectiveness of Vacuum Cleaners

    Active Standard ASTM F2609 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    This test method will provide an indication of the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner in removing litter from carpet. No data exist to determine if the cleaning effectiveness in the laboratory will be the same as in home cleaning; however, in most cases, a vacuum cleaner that cleans well in the laboratory will clean well in a home.

    To provide a uniform basis for measuring the performance described in 1.1, standardized test carpet and standardized test litter are used.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a laboratory test for determining the relative carpet litter-cleaning effectiveness of household vacuum cleaners when tested under standard conditions.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to household types of upright, canister, combination, and stick vacuum cleaners intended for cleaning carpeted floors as a primary or secondary function.

    1.3 This test method applies only to the cleaning of litter from carpet, not the removal of embedded dirt. Litter is defined as material that typically clings to the surface of the carpet, such as pet or human hair, thread, and so forth.

    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.


    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

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

    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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.080 (Cleaning appliances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F2609-11

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