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Texas Specification No. 485-16-05

Effective Date: July 30, 1971

Reformatted: January 22, 1996




(Built, Synthetic, General Purpose)

1. SCOPE: This specification covers one grade of a synthetic, liquid, built, low sudsing, biodegradable, detergent-type cleaner in concentrated from, intended for use in soft and hard water, for general cleaning of the following types of surfaces:

(a) Stripper for carnauba wax and polymer floor finish.

(b) Painted, enameled, varnished, and lacquered surfaces -- including walls, woodwork, cabinets, refrigerators, display cases, etc.

(c) Floors -- including terrazzo, ceramic title, vitreous tile, asphalt tile, rubber tile, vinyl tile, linoleum, magnesite, concrete, etc. (Not for use on unsealed wood or unsealed cork.)

(d) Plastics -- including plastic coated fabric's, chairs, table tops, booths, counters, floors, etc.

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.

3. 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).

3.1. Commission: Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4. REQUIREMENTS: The synthetic, liquid, built, low sudsing, biodegradable, detergent cleaner furnished under this specification shall conform to the following minimum requirements::

4.1. Nature of the Product: The cleaning compound must be a homogeneous liquid free from sediment, and be made from biodegradable synthetic surfactants, phosphate builder and water. The product must not contain soap.

4.2. Containers and Container Sizes: The liquid cleaner must be furnished in new containers and in the following sizes, whichever is specified in the Invitation for Bids. the detergent cleaner shall neither affect nor be affected by the container in which it is furnished for a period of one (1) year from date of delivery.

Size One (1) -- One (1) quart

Size Two (2) -- One (1) gallon

Size Three (3) -- Five (5) gallon

Size Four (4) -- 55 gallon

4.3. Chemical Composition: The chemical composition must conform to the following Table I, when tested by the methods indicated in Paragraph 6:



Compsition Percent by Weight


Test Methods
Surfactant -- Anionic Organic Phosphate Ester (180-92-10) - 99.5% Active 11.0 Paragraph 6.1
Surfactant -- Detergent and Defoamer Liquid (180-92-03) - 98% Active 3.5 Paragraph 6.1
Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphates (180-74-04) 9.0 Paragraph 6.2
Soft Water Balance
  1. Each component in this table must meet or exceed the requirements of each Texas raw material specification, shown in parentheses, following the name of the component.

4.3.1. pH: The pH of the undiluted detergent must be between 7.0 and 8.5 when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.2.

4.3.2. Odor: The cleaning compound must have no objectionable odor either as received or in a hot water solution.

4.3.3. Color: The cleaner may be a colorless to hazy yellow colored liquid, free from artificial coloring.

4.3.4. Stability: There shall be no evidence of separation in the concentrate after standing for 24 hours at 140 °F.

4.3.5. Sequestering Ability: The product must produce a homogeneous solution, when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.3.

4.3.6. Purchase Unit: Liquid cleaner shall be purchased by net volume in U.S. liquid gallons at 60 °F.

5. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be taken from regular orders.

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.

6.1. TESTS: The product furnished under this specification shall be tested by the following methods or approved equally applicable procedures:

6.1.1. Percent surfactant activity shall be determined by Federal Specification No. P-D-00223a, Paragraph

The analytical results must show a minimum total of active surfactants of 14.3% by weight. this total is calculated in the following manner:

Ingredient Percent by Weight


Active anionic surfactant (180-92-10) 99.5% Active 10.9
Active nonionic surfactant (180-92-03) 98% Active 3.4
Total active surfactants 14.3

Phosphate builder shall be determined by Federal Test Method Standard No. 536, and/or ASTM D 501.

6.3.2. The pH of the undiluted detergent shall be determined by ASTM Method E 70.

6.3.3. Test for Sequestering Ability: Dilute one part of the liquid cleaner with fifty (50) parts of water having a hardness of 500 parts per million as calcium carbonate and allow to stand for ten (10) minutes. Upon careful examination, the solution must remain homogeneous and stable throughout this period. To prepare 500 ppm hard water, dissolve 0.580 grams of CaCl2.2 H2O and 0.259 grams of MgSO4.7 H2O in enough distilled water to bring the final volume to one (1) liter.

7. 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.

8. 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. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during the shipment because of rough or improper handling.


9.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with the following:

9.1.1. Name of contents, including brand name, if any.

9.1.2. Quantity contained in U.S. Standard Gallons.

9.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

9.1.4. Protect From Freezing.

The following information shall either be marked on the container or appear on the shipping documents:

9.1.5. Order number or contract number.

9.1.6. Name and address of ordering agency.

9.1.7. Agency requisition number.

9.2. LABELING: Each product container shall bear a securely affixed and durable label showing the following:

9.2.1. Name of contents.

9.2.2. Quantity contained.

9.2.3. The manufacturer's directions for use.

9.2.4. Biodegradable.

9.2.5. Concentrate and mopping solutions must be kept in closed containers.

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

10.1. 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.

10.2. 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.

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

11. ORDERING DATA: When ordering products conforming to this specification the requisitioning agency shall specify the following:

11.1. The number of this specification (485-16-05).

11.2. Size container desired.

11.3. The total quantity required.

12. PRODUCT INFORMATION: This product is a concentrated synthetic, general purpose, biodegradable, liquid, low sudsing detergent cleaner designed for cleaning various types of surfaces. Consult the label on the container or the following table for recommended use dilutions.



Type of Surface Ratio Cleaner to Water
Stripper -- carnauba wax and polymer floor finish 1: 10
Painted, enameled, lacquered, or varnished surfaces 1:50
Routine Maintenance 1:50
Extra Dirty
Manual Mopping 1:40
Machine Scrubbing 1:50
Plastics and plastic coated fabrics 1:50

Note: A 1 to 50 ratio is approximately two and one-half (2 1/2) ounces of cleaner to one gallon of water.

A 1 to 40 ratio is approximately three (3) ounces of cleaner to one gallon of water.

A 1 to 10 ratio is approximately 12 ounces of cleaner to one gallon of water.

An agency may find after using this detergent cleaner that a more dilute solution could be employed to achieve the required cleaning results. If so, dilutions of 1:60 (2 ounces of detergent to one gallon of after), 1:80 (1.5 ounces in one gallon water), of 1:100 (one ounce to one gallon of water) may be employed.

Notice: This detergent cleaner contains both high-grade biodegradable liquid surfactants and a phosphate builder and therefore may be used in either soft or hard water. The concentrate must be kept in a closed container at all times. The mopping solution (water plus detergent mixed ready for mopping) must not be stored overnight in open metal containers, as it will cause rusting of the metal.

13. 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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