Standard Test Method for
Detergent Resistance of Floor Polish Films1
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 3207; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
1.1 This test method covers a bench procedure for measuring the detergent resistance properties of floor polishes.
1.2 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
2.1 ASTM Standards:
D 1436 Test Methods for Application of Emulsion Floor
Polishes to Substrates for Testing Purposes2
3. Significance and Use
3.1 This test method is used to determine the relative
resistance of floor polishes to detergent scrubbing using the
Gardner Straight Line Washability Meter and to separate
polishes with poor detergent resistance from those with good
detergent resistance. Results are duplicative between laboratories.
4.1 Washability Apparatus—The Gardner straight line
4.2 Applicator—Doctor blade, 50 mm (2-in.) wide and
having a 0.203-mm (0.008-in.) clearance along the bottom
edge (see Test Methods D 1436).
4.3 Test Flooring Substrates—Official Vinyl Composition
Tile (OVCT),4 Black, 304.8 by 304.8 mm (12 by 12 in.).
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