Standard Active Last Updated: Apr 29, 2021
ASTM F2797-19

Standard Test Method for Evaluating Edge Cleaning Effectiveness of Vacuum Cleaners

Significance and Use

4.1 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.

4.2 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.11
Developed by Subcommittee: F11.21
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.1520/F2797-19
ICS Code: 97.080