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485/54-07b

Texas Specification No. 485-54-07B

Effective Date: December 31, 1986

Reformatted: December 8, 1995

Specification

for

DUSTMOP TREATING COMPOUND, CONCENTRATE

1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for one type of concentrated dust mop treating compound for use, after dilution, in treating sweeping mops, dust mops and dust cloths to increase their ability to pick up and hold dust and dirt.

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. AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS (ASTM), 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103:

2.1.1. ASTM D 93, Standard Method of Test for Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Tester.

2.2. TEXAS SPECIFICATIONS: Texas Procurement and Support Services, Bid Services, P.O.Box 13186, Austin, TX 78711-.3047

2.2.1. Texas Specification No. 180-66-01, Mineral Oil, Technical Grade.

2.3. SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402:

2.3.1. Federal Specification No. P-D-800C, Dust Mop Treating Compound.

2.3.2. Federal Specification No. T-M-561F, Mophead, Wet, Cotton, or Cotton and Synthetic.

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 concentrated dust mop treating compound furnished to this specification shall meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

4.1. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION REQUIREMENTS: The chemical composition shall conform to the requirements of Table 1, Chemical Components.

TABLE 1

CHEMICAL COMPONENTS

Chemical Components Percent by Weight Minimum Percent by Weight Maximum
Mineral Oil, Texas Specification No. 180-66-01 86.50 88.50
Surfactant, Emulsifier* 11.0 13.0
Germicide, Quaternary Ammonium Type,

89% Active**

0.8 1.2

*Witco's Witcomul 4016, for example.

**Lonza's Bardac 208M, for example.

Note: The surfactant emulsifier and the germicide used must be compatible with each other and the other ingredient in the above formulation, and must provide a dust mop treating compound meeting or exceeding each and every requirement in this specification.

4.2. Use Dilution: For use, the concentrated dust mop treating compound shall be diluted with six (6) parts of water to one part of the concentrate to form a ready-to-use emulsion.

4.3. Emulsion Stability: the concentrated dust mop treating compound shall be stable (without separation or creaming) and shall not lose its effectiveness for a period of one year. When diluted as specified in Paragraph 4.2 above, the use dilution (after proper agitation) shall show no separation or creaming when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.1.

4.4. Flash Point: The flash point of the concentrated dust mop treating compound shall not be less than 250 F (121 C), when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.2.

4.5. Spontaneous Combustion: The concentrated dust mop treating compound shall show no evidence of spontaneous heating, oxidation, or ignition under test conditions designed to start and accelerate the process when tested in accordance with paragraph 6.3.

4.6. Loading (Impregnation): The dust mop treating compound shall uniformly impregnate the dust mop, dusting cloths, or other dusting medium. The compound shall be present to the extent of 15% by weight (minimum) and 40% (maximum) when tested in accordance with paragraph 6.4. After 168 hours of standing at 122 F (50 C), the weight of the loading in the mop shall be within plus or minus 3.0% of the original loading weight.

4.7. Efficiency: The dust mop treating compound's average (arithmetic mean) dirt pick up efficiency shall not be less than 22% based on the weight of the treated mop before soiling, when tested in accordance with Paragraph 6.5.

4.8. Odor: then concentrated dust mop treating compound shall have no objectionable odor.

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. Emulsion Stability: the use dilution shall be tested in accordance with Paragraph 4.4.1. of Federal Specification P-D-800C. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.3.

6.1.2. Flash Point: The flash point of the concentrated dust mop treating compound shall be measured by the Pensky-Martens method described in ASTM D 93. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.4.

6.1.3. Spontaneous Combustion: The concentrated dust mop treating compound shall be tested for spontaneous combustion in accordance with Paragraph 4.4.3 of Federal Specification P-D-800C. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.5.

6.1.4. Loading (Impregnation): the use dilution loading shall be measured by the procedure of Paragraph 4.4.4. of Federal Specification P-D-800C. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.6.

6.1.5. Efficiency: The dirt pick up efficiency of the use dilution (see Paragraph 4.2) shall be measured by the procedure of Paragraph 4.4.5. of Federal Specification P-D-800C. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.7.

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.

8.1. PACKING: The product shall be packaged in the following sizes whichever is specified in the Invitation for Bids:

8.1.1. One-gallon.

8.1.2. Five (5) - gallon.

8.1.3. 55 - gallon.

9. MARKING / LABELING:

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

9.1.1. Name of contents.

9.1.2. Quantity contained.

9.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

9.1.4. Order number or contract number.

9.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

9.1.6. 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 the product including brand name, if any.

9.2.2. Net contents in U.S. liquid measure.

9.2.3. Instructions for use.

9.2.4. Name and address of the manufacturer.

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. PRODUCT INFORMATION: The following are some suggestions and recommendations for using this product:

11.1. Use Dilution: This product has been formulated in concentrated form. Always dilute the concentrate before using (to one part concentrate, add six (6) parts of water; for example adding 6 gallons of water to one gallon of concentrate provides 7 gallons of use dilution).

Although this concentrate has been formulated so as to permit dilution in hard water, soft water is preferable for diluting. (Agencies with hard water areas of the State may find their boiler plants a convenient source of soft water.)

Note: The use dilution may separate slightly upon standing; if so, shake or stir will before applying to mop heads or cloths. This slight separation in no way should affect the quality or efficiency of the dust mop treating compound.

11.2. Loading by Submersion: The following is suggested for treating mop heads or cloths by submersing them in the use dilution to provide enchanted dust or dirt pickup:

11.2.1. Dip the mop head or cloth into the ready-to-use solution until completely submerged. Agitate them so that all of the strands absorb the solution.

11.2.2. Remove the mop head or cloth from the solution and wring them out as thoroughly as possible using a mop wringer.

11.2.3. Hang the mop head or cloth in a well ventilated area and let dry overnight (about 12 hours). They are now ready for use.

11.2.4. If mops and cloths become only slightly soiled but lose most of their effectiveness, they can be retreated as above. However, when they become thoroughly soiled, they should be washed in soap and water and dried before being retreated.

11.3. Loading By Spraying: The following is suggested for loading of mop heads and cloths by spraying with a power sprayer or hand operated sprayer:

11.3.1. Apply the read-to-use solution in the following suggested quantities for the following mop sizes:

Mop Size Solution
10-inch mop 5 ounces
12-inch mop 6 ounces
14-inch mop 7 ounces
16-inch mop 8 ounces
18-inch mop 9 ounces

11.3.2. For other sizes of mops, divide the size of the mop (width in inches) by 2 and use the answer to determine the number of ounces of use dilution to spry onto the mop head.

11.3.3. Spray dust cloths lightly and let mops or cloths dray overnight (about 12 hours) before using.

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

12.1. The number of this specification (485-54-07B).

12.2. The quantity of each size required (see Paragraph 8.1).

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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