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Texas Specification No. 485-38-01

Effective Date: July 30, 1971

Reformatted: January 22 , 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification covers an anionic, general purpose, built, synthetic detergent in bead or granular form for general cleaning and washing by hand methods. The product is suitable for use in the manual washing of dishes, tableware, pots, pans, clothes and for other general uses. Painted surfaces,, walls, wooden floors, enameled metal, stainless steel, counters, cement, tile, linoleum and other composition surfaces, etc., may be cleaned with a solution of this compound.

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 cleaning and washing compound furnished under this specification shall conform to the following minimum requirements:

4 .1. chemical Composition : The chemical composition shall be as follows:




Percent by Weight


Percent by Weight


Moisture and Matter Volatile at 105 °C -- 3.0
Anionic Synthetic Organic Surfactant, 100% Active 15.0 --
Polyphosphates, Calculated as P2O5 17.0 --
Orthophosphates, Calculated as P2O5 -- 5.0
Silicates, Calculated as SiO2 3.0 --
Sodium Carboxymethlcellulose 0.1 --
Matter Insoluble in Water -- 0.1
Brightener, (Fluorescent Dye) Present Present
Soap, Sugars Absent Absent

4.3.1. Form : The compound shall be a dry free flowing product in bead or granular form.

4.3.2. Rate of Solution and Solubility : The soluble material of a one per cent (1%) solution, by weight, shall be completely dissolved in tepid, distilled water (110 °F) in three (3) minutes. The insoluble matter shall not be more than 0.1 per cent when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.

4.3.3. pH : The pH value of a one per cent (1%) solution of the compound in distilled water shall be not less than 9.2 nor more than 10.6 at 25 °C.

4.3.4. Foam Height : A 0.2 per cent solution of the compound at a temperature of 120 °F shall produce the foam height (lather value) shown in the following table:



In 50 ppm Soft Water In 50 ppm Soft Water In 300 ppm Hard Water In 300 ppm Hard Water
At Once After 5 Minutes At Once After 5 Minutes
12.0 Minimum 10.0 Minimum 12.0 Minimum 10.0 Minimum

4.3.5. Containers and Container Sizes: Cleaning and washing compound shall be furnished in new containers having replaceable and resealable covers or heads to protect contents from atmospheric conditions after opening. Container size and types shall be as listed below. The type of container furnished shall be the option of the supplier. Container Size: Fifty (50) pound (approximate) net capacity. Container Types: drum or box with polyethylene liner drum or box with integral aluminum vapor barrier

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. Surfactant -- Active : ASTM D 2358

6.1.2. Polyphosphate and Orthophosphate : Federal Specification P-D-245a, Methods 4.4.3. through 4.4.5.

6.1.3. Silicates : Federal Test Method Standard No. 536, Method 1301

6.1.4. Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose : Federal Specification P-D-245a, Method 4.4.6.

6.1.5. Soap : Federal Test Method Standard No. 536, Method 5601

6.1.6. Sugar : Federal Test Method Standard No. 536, Method 1701

6.1.7. Moisture and Matter Volatile at 105 °C: ASTM D 820

6.1.8. Rate of Solubility and Mater Insoluble in Water: A 1.5000 ± .005 gram sample is weighed in a 250 ml beaker. Heat a 150 ml of distilled water to 115-120 °F. The heated water is added to the dishwashing compound with a magnetic stirrer on a stir plate. At the end of three (3) minutes, if there is any insoluble material, the solution is filtered through a tarred filter paper. To insure that all the insoluble residue is transferred to the filter paper, the beaker should be rinsed, onto the filter paper, with less than 20 ml of cool distilled water. The filtrate is then dried at 220 ° ± 3 °F to constant weight, and the matter insoluble calculated. The weight of the insoluble matter shall not exceed 0.1%.

6.1.9. Optical Brightener: Federal Specification P-D-245a, Method 4.4.8.

6.1.10. pH Value: ASTM D 1172

6.1.11. Foam Height: ASTM D 1173

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.

9 .1.2.Quantity contained.

9 .1.3.Name and address of the manufacturer.

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

9 .1.4 .Order number or contract number.

9 .1.5 .Name and address of ordering agency.

9 .1.6 . Agency requisition number.

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 (485-38-01).

11 .2.The total quantity required.

12 . PRODUCT INFORMATION: A solution of the compound covered by this specification may be used for cleaning unglazed clay tile; however, after being cleaned, the tile surface should be rinsed thoroughly to remove loosened soil and excess cleaning agent. All surfaces cleaned with the compound shall be rinsed after cleaning.

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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