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Significance and Use
This test method provides an indication of how close to a wall or baseboard a vacuum cleaner removes dirt/dust. The amount of dirt removed in the laboratory test may not be the same as in a home; however, it will show that, in most cases, a vacuum cleaner that performs well in the laboratory will perform well in a home. Laboratory results may differ due to variations in the homes: carpets, dirt, and other factors.
Note 1—The primary goal of this test method is not to evaluate the degree or the amount of dirt or dust debris that a given product removes, but rather how close to a wall or baseboard a vacuum has performed some measure of cleaning.
In order to provide a uniform basis for measuring the performance described in 1.1, a standardized test carpet and test dust are employed in this procedure.
1.1 This test procedure provides a quantitative laboratory method for determining the edge cleaning effectiveness of a vacuum cleaner along walls and baseboards.
1.2 This test method is applicable to household and commercial types of upright, canister, combination, stick and hand held vacuum cleaners.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.4 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.
D75 Practice for Sampling Aggregates
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
Other StandardsIEC60312 Vacuum cleaners for household use - Methods of measuring the performance, 4th Edition Available from International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), 3 rue de Varemb, Case postale 131, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland, http://www.iec.ch.
ICS Number Code 97.080 (Cleaning appliances)