ASTM D6540-00

    Standard Test Method for Accelerated Soiling of Pile Yarn Floor Covering


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the equipment, and the test method for assessing the propensity of pile yarn floor coverings to soiling in the absence of abrasive wear and texture changes, using a standard synthetic soil composition.

    1.2 This test method is applicable for use in testing unused pile yarn floor covering of all types. It is not applicable for use in testing used pile yarn floor covering.

    1.3 This test method can be used to compare the soiling propensity of two or more carpets; or it can be used to soil carpets as a preliminary step to other test procedures.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given in parenthesis are for information only.

    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

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D5684 Terminology Relating to Pile Floor Coverings

    AATCC Test Method

    Evaluation Procedure 1 – Gray Scale for Color Change Available from American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, PO Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.150 (Floor coverings)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D6540-00

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    ASTM D6540-00, Standard Test Method for Accelerated Soiling of Pile Yarn Floor Covering, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2000, www.astm.org

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