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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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(Supersedes Texas Specification No. 485-04-01)

Effective Date: March 1, 1995

Reformatted Date: December 19, 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for removable, cotton wax applicators to be used with clamp handles to apply floor finishes.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: Reference to specifications, standards, test methods, and other documents shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation for Bids. Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown. The following documents form a part of this specification to the extent specified herein:

2.1. Federal Specifications: General Services Administration, Specifications, 470 East L'Efant Plaza SW, #1800, Washington, D.C. 20407:

2.1.1. Federal Standard 191A -- Textile Test Methods.

3. CLASSIFICATION: Wax applicators shall be classified into two (2) sizes designed to fit clamp handles.


Size in Ounces 16.00
Size in Ounces 24.00

4. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the applicable interpretation shall be determined by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4.1. Commission: Texas Procurement and Support Services.

5. REQUIREMENTS: Products furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following requirements:

5.1. General: The applicators shall be uniform in thickness, manufactured in accordance with standard commercial practices for products of this type.

5.2. Construction: The applicators shall be secured in the middle by a cotton twill band. the band shall completely encircle the mop yarn with the band ends overlapping at least one-and-one-half inches (1-1/2").

The yarn and the band shall be securely sewed together by machine with a suitable cord thread and with six (6) parallel rows of stitching groups into three (3) pairs of equally spaced rows. One (1) double row of stitching shall pass through the center of the band and one (1) double row shall pass along each edge of the band. The stitching shall be done with either a single or double chain or lock stitching machine.

Each row of stitching shall contain not less than five (5) stitches per inch.

The applicator shall have one (1) three-fourths inch (3/4") wide band sewn across each end of the applicator to prevent the yearn from wrinkling. The band shall be sewn with a double needle machine, lock stitched or chain stitched with No. 12/4 thread. There shall be six (6) stitches per inch. There shall be one (1) angular seam sewn across the end of the band to secure the thread and to keep it from coming loose. The band shall be sewn three-and-one-half inches (3-1/2") plus or minus one-half inch ( ± 1/2") from each end of the applicator yarn.

The width (spread) of the applicator when measured along the end bands shall be the following:


Size Width Along End Bands
16 ounces 13 -- 15"
24 ounces 14 -- 15"

Bands shall have woven edges, selvage edges, or edges folded under and sewn along the entire length so that raw edges shall be covered.

Yarn construction shall be as listed in Table Three (3).



Weight (oz.) Minimum Number of Yarns Width at Center in Inches, Minimum Width at Center in Inches, Maximum Length of Yarns in Inches (Not Folded), Minimum Length of Yarns in Inches (Not Folded), Maximum
16.00 94.00 5-3/4 6-1/4 31.00 33.00
24.00 118.00 6.00 6-1/2 39.00 41.00

5.3. Material:

5.3.1. Mop Head Yarn: Yarn shall be made from Low Middling or Strict Good Ordinary cotton, or a blend of both, have a minimum staple length of 15/16". The cotton shall contain no mill wastes. the yarn shall be free from sizing or any other loading material. Yarn ends shall be squarely cut. The finished mop yarn shall meet the following when tested by Federal Standard 191A:

Plies per yarn 8.00
Yards per pound 110.00
Twists per inch 1.30
Breaking strength, dry 60 lbs.

5.3.2. Center Band: The center band of the mop heads shall be of cotton twill or drill meeting the following:

Weave Two up and one down, twill or drill
Weight 9.0 ounces per square yard
Width 3 inches
Yarns Per Inch 68 warp (sley), 43 filling
Plies Warp Yarn: Two ply

Filling Yarn: Single ply

5.3.3. End Band: The end band of the mop heads shall be of cotton twill or drill meeting the following:

Weave Two up and one down, twill or drill
Weight 6.0 ounces per square yard
Width 3/4"
Yarns Per Inch 48 warp (sley), 48 filling
Plies Warp Yarn: Two ply

Filling Yarn: Single ply

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by, or at the direction of the commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier.

7. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified on the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be obtained from products supplied on regular orders.

8. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

9. WARRANTY: All applicators shall carry the manufacturer's standard warranty and shall be guaranteed against defects in materials, workmanship and performance for a minimum of one (1) year. The warranty shall begin on the date of acceptance of the unit by the ordering agency. During this warranty period, the vendor shall repair or replace defective components and/or units at no cost to the State of Texas.

10. PACKING AND/OR PACKAGING: Packing for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice and in a manner readily accepted by common carriers engaged in interstate commerce. Within the shipping carton units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during shipment because of rough or improper handling.

10.1. Packaging: Mop heads shall be tied approximately one inch (1") from the yarn ends to retain shape. Mop heads shall be packaged twelve (12) to a bundle.


11.1. Marking: Each shipment container shall be clearly marked with:

11.1.1. Name of contents.

11.1.2. Quantity.

11.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

11.1.4. Order number or contract number.

11.1.5. Name and address of the ordering agency.

11.1.6. Agency requisition number.

11.2. Labeling: Applicators shall be labeled with the name or trademark of the manufacturer.

12. BID LITERATURE: All bids shall be accompanied by a description of the product being offered.

13. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to a bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following:

13.1. Identification: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc.., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as a part of the bid.

13.2. Exceptions: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the item must be furnished exactly as specified herein.

13.3. Burden of Proof: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

14. ORDERING DATA: When ordering product conforming to this specification, the requisitioning agency must specify the following:

14.1. The number of this specification (485-04-01A).

14.2. The size required (See Paragraph 3).

14.3. Quantity required (in multiples of one dozen).

15. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Copies of this specification may be obtained by calling or writing:

Bid Services

Texas Procurement and Support Services

P.O.Box 13186

Austin, TX 78711-3047

(512) 463-3416

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