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Texas Specification No. 485-10-09A

Effective Date: May 28, 1991

Reformatted: March 4, 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for three classes of commode brushes which have twisted-in wire constriction and a curved brush head, which are used to clean receptacles such as bowls and bedpans.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards and test methods 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, Superintendent of Documents, U.S.Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402:

2.1.1. H-B-481D -- Brushes, Sanitary.

3. CLASSIFICATION: Commode brushes shall be classified by filler type as follows:

3.1. Brush Filler Type:

3.1.1. Class 1: White tampico fiber.

3.1.2. Class 2: Union fiber.

3.1.3. Class 3: Black nylon filament.

3.1.4. Class 4: White nylon filament.

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 Requirements:

5.1.1. All commode brushes shall be new, unused, and a currently standard product of an established manufacturer except for such deviations as may be required by this specification.

5.1.2. Brushes shall present a neat, well-finished appearance inside and outside and shall be free of all imperfections and/or defects which might affect appearance, normal life, or serviceability.

5.1.3. The wire ends of the brush head shall be securely bonded to the handle.

5.1.4. Handles shall be straight and of uniform diameter, have a smooth surface, and shall not crack or chip.

5.1.5. Brushes shall be resistant to cleaning chemicals.

5.1.6. Details not specified herein shall be in accordance with standard commercial practices for products of this type.

5.2. Material:

5.2.1. Brush Filler: Class 1: 100% new, unbleached, white tampico fiber. Class 2: Union fiber (70% white tampico and 30% palmetto). Class 3: 100% black nylon filament, .018" diameter. Class 4: 100% white nylon filament, .018" diameter.

5.2.2. Wire: Wire shall be 13 or 14 gauge, plastic coated steel.

5.2.3. Handle: The handle shall be close grain, straight grain hardwood (moisture content shall not exceed 15%) or plastic.

5.2.4. Ferrule: The metal ferrule shall be brass or nickel, approximately 1/2" wide.

5.3. Dimensions: Dimensions shall be as shown in Table 1:



Wood Handles Plastic Handles
Brush Head:
Width, in., min. 4-1/2 4-1/2
Length, in., min. 4-3/4 4-3/4
Tuft, diameter 2.00 2.00
Length, ± 1/4 in. 15.00 11-3/4
Diameter, ± 1/16 in. 1.00 --
Overall Length, in., min. 19-1/2 16.00

5.4. Construction:

5.4.1. Brush Head: The brush head shall have a twisted-in wire construction with a curved brush. The fiber or filament shall be held at its center in the twists of two wires, in such a manner that they project perpendicular to the wires. Fibers or filaments shall be evenly and uniformly trimmed, and shall resist removal.

5.4.2. Wire: The steel wire shall be corrosion resistant.

5.4.3. Handle: The brush end of the handle shall have a hole to receive the ends of twisted wires of the brush head and the adhesive. The brush end of the handle shall have a ferrule to prevent splitting of the handle. The handle shall have a hanging hole centrally located drilled within one inch of the free end of the handle.

5.4.4. Finish: The handle shall be coated with a water and chemical resistant clear gloss lacquer or varnish.

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 in 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 brushes shall carry the manufacturer's standard warranty and shall be guaranteed against defects in materials, workmanship, and performance for a minimum of one 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/units at no cost to the State of Texas.

10. PACKING / 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 and as specified in the Invitation for Bids. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during shipment due to rough or improper handling.

10.1. Lots: Brushes shall be packed in lots of one dozen.


11.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

11.1.1. Name of contents.

11.1.2. Quantity ordered.

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 ordering agency.

11.1.6. Agency requisition number.

12. BID LITERATURE: All bids shall be accompanied by a complete and illustrated description of the products being offered.

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

13.1. PRODUCT 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 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 items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

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

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

14.1. The number of this specification (485-10-09A).

14.2. Type of filler (See Paragraph 3.1.).

14.3. Quantity of each type and size 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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