ASTM F608 - 13

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

    Active Standard ASTM F608 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method provides an indication of the capability of the vacuum cleaner to remove embedded dirt from carpeting. This test method is based upon results of home cleaning tests so that, in most cases, a reasonable correlation exists between home and laboratory results. The amount of dirt picked up in the laboratory test may not be the same as in the 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 (see Section 6).

    4.2 In order to provide a uniform basis for measuring the performance described in 1.1, standardized test carpets and a standardized test dirt are employed in this procedure.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers only a laboratory test for determining the relative carpet dirt removal effectiveness of household/commercial vacuum cleaners when tested under specified conditions.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to household/commercial types of upright, canister, and combination cleaners.

    1.3 The test method applies 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.


    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

    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 47121602(Vacuum cleaners)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F0608

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F608-13, Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Carpet Embedded Dirt Removal Effectiveness of Household/Commercial Vacuum Cleaners, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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