Standard Active Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021
ASTM F1409-16

Standard Test Method for Straight Line Movement of Vacuum Cleaners While Cleaning Carpets

Significance and Use

4.1 This test method measures the horizontal component of the relative work required by the user during the cleaning operation for the movement of a vacuum cleaner in the home or other cleaning location on standardized laboratory carpeting. Work is determined from the forces measured in the horizontal direction only by the mobility equipment.

4.2 This measurement is relative to the work performed by the user of vacuum cleaners and may be used for comparison between vacuum cleaners.

4.3 The relation between actual vacuum cleaner usage and the method of operation is valid only if the vacuum cleaner user operates the vacuum cleaner properly and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.


1.1 This test method covers a measurement of the relative work required to move an upright, canister, stick, or combination vacuum cleaner in a straight line with forward and backward stroking on a selection of typical carpeted surfaces.

1.1.1 This test method measures only the horizontal component of work required to move the vacuum cleaner on carpet.

1.2 This test method can be used in the testing of household and commercial vacuum cleaners.

1.3 This test method measures the relative work needed to move the vacuum cleaner with its motor or motors in operation.

1.4 This test method applies to the vacuum cleaning of carpets only.

1.5 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.

1.6 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: 15.11
Developed by Subcommittee: F11.20
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.1520/F1409-16
ICS Code: 97.080