Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM D7330-07

Standard Test Method for Assessment of Surface Appearance Change in Pile Floor Coverings Using Standard Reference Scales

Significance and Use

The determination of surface appearance change in pile yarn floor covering is useful in quality and cost control during manufacture of pile yarn floor covering. This test method is considered satisfactory for acceptance testing of commercial shipments because current estimates of between laboratory precision are acceptable, and this test method is commonly used in trade for acceptance testing.

If there are differences of practical significance between reported test results for two laboratories ( or more), comparative test should be performed to determine if there is a statistical bias between them, using competent statistical assistance. As a minimum, use the samples for such comparative tests that are as homogenous as possible, drawn from the same lot of material as the samples that resulted is desparate results during initial testing and randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory. The test results from the laboratories involved shall be compared using a statistical test for unpaired data, a probability level chosen prior to the testing series. If a bias is found either its cause must be found and corrected, or future test results for that material must be adjusted in consideration of the known bias.

TABLE 1 Pile Floor Covering Appearance Change Scales Currently Available

CRI-1Saxony Cut Pile
CRI-2Berber, Loop Pile
CRI-3Commercial Loop Pile, Low Profile
CRI-4Cut Pile Commercial Plush
CRI-5Cut Pile Shag
CRI-6Tip Sheared Cut and Loop Pile With Pattern


1.1 This test method covers the assessment of changes of surface appearance of pile floor coverings after exposure to actual or simulated foot traffic. This test method applies to pile yarn floor coverings that are, or have been, installed; laboratory floor-trafficked samples; or textiles floor coverings trafficked by mechanical traffic simulators. The subjective assessment is facilitated by use of reference scales that are based on digital images of representative pile yarn floor covering styles and constructions.

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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 07.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D13.21
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D7330-07
ICS Code: 59.080.60