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Texas Specification No. 485-29-01B
(Supersedes Specification No. 485-29-01A)
Effective Date: May 1, 2000
Revised: May 1, 2000


1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for a powdered cleanser to be used for housekeeping purposes in State Institutions.

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 ordered 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), 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959: www.astm.org

2.1.1. ASTM D 501 -- Standard Methods for Sampling and Chemical Analysis of Alkaline Detergents.

2.1.2. ASTM D 1172 -- Standard Method of pH of Aqueous Solutions of Soaps and Detergents.

2.1.3. ASTM D 2022 --Sampling and Chemical analysis of Chlorine - Containing Bleaches.

2.1.4. ASTM D 2358 -- Standard Method for Separation of Active Ingredient from Surfactant and Syndet Compositions.

2.2. TEXAS SPECIFICATIONS, Texas Procurement and Support Services, P. O. Box 13186, Austin, TX 78711-3047: www. bpc.state.tx.us

2.2.1. Texas Specification No. 180-02-04 -- Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3).

2.2.2. Texas Specification No. 180-36-01C -- Chlorine Carrier, Organic - Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate.

2.2.3. Texas Specification No. 180-74-03C -- Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Anhydrous.

2.2.4. Texas Specification No. 180-92-02B -- Surfactant, Anionic - Sodium Linear Alkyl Aryl Sulfonate.

2.3. GLOBAL ENGINEERING DOCUMENTS, Customer Support A105, 15 Inverness Way, Englewood, CO 80112, (800) 624-3974, Fax: (303) 792-2192, www.global.ihs.com.

2.3.1. Global Engineering Documents is an information specialist company that maintains and provides standards information for numerous organizations. Copies of standards may also be ordered from Global Engineering Documents.


3.1. GENERAL 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).

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

4. REQUIREMENTS: A cleanser furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

4.1. GENERAL: The product shall be in the form of a fine powder, readily dispensable by shaking. It shall be uniformly blended from the ingredients listed in Table 1 below:

4.1.1. Chemical Composition: The ingredients of the cleanser, and their relative amounts expressed as percent by weight (pbw) shall be as follows:


Texas Spec.
pbw, Maximun
Calcium Carbonate 180-02-04 85
Sodium Tripolyphosphate 180-74-03C 10
Chlorine Carrier 180-36-01B 0.6
Surfactant, Anionic 180-92-02B 5
* Minor amounts of a pigment that is stable in the presence of active chlorine, such as phthalocyanine pigment, may be added in order to give the product a pleasing color.

4.1.2. PROPERTIES: The product shall conform to the requirements listed in Table 2 when tested by the methods listed in Paragraph 6.


Requirement Minimum Maximum Test Para.
1. Available Chlorine, *pbw 0.25 -- 6.1.1.
1. Matter Insoluble in water, pbw 82 85 6.2.
1. Titratable Alkalinity, as Na2, *pbw 1.25 -- 6.3.
1.Anionic Surfactant (90% active), *pbw 2.5 -- 6.4.
1. pH in 1% Aqueous Solution 9 10 6.5.
* pbw = percentage by weight

4.2. CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS: The product shall be packaged in strong well constructed, shaker type cans of one (1) pound (16 oz.) net contents. The material of the cans shall be resistant to moisture and to the chemical ingredients in the cleanser. The can top shall be uncoated aluminum, perforated with seven (7) sprinkling holes of 7/32" diameter. The holds shall be covered with a square of pressure sensitive adhesive having one folded edge.

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 equally applicable procedures:

6.1.1. Available Chlorine: Refer to ASTM D 2022 and perform the following steps. Weigh a 25 gram sample to the nearest 0.1 gram into a 400 ml beaker. Add 75 ml distilled water and stir for five (5) minutes. Pour off the supernatant liquid through a large tarred Gooch crucible. Repeat steps and Transfer the un-dissolved solids quantitatively to the filter and wash with a little more water. To the combined filtrate and washings, add two (2) grams KI and 10 ml acetic acid. Titrate with stand 0.1 N sodium thiosulfate to the starch iodine end point. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.1.2. by evaluating the expression:

% Available Cl = (ml titrant x normality x 3.456) / gram of sample

6.2. MATTER INSOLUBLE IN WATER: Dry the Gooch crucible containing the water insoluble matter from the procedure of Paragraph 6.1.1. in an oven at 105 ° C and determine compliance with Paragraph 4.1.2. from the gain in weight.

6.3. TITRATABLE ALKALINITY: Measure by the procedure of ASTM D 501, Paragraph 89 through 93. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.1.2.


6.4.1. Extract the alcohol soluble matter from a 25 gram sample by the procedure of ASTM D 2358, Paragraphs 5.1. through 5.4., with the exception that absolute alcohol shall be used instead of 95% alcohol.

6.4.2. Evaporate most of the solvent on a steam bath, and transfer the solution quantitatively to a tarred porcelain crucible.

6.4.3. Dry to constant weight in an oven at 105 ± 2 °C.

6.4.4. Determine total alcohol soluble matter from the gain in weight.

6.4.5. Heat the crucible over a Meker burner, ignite the contents, and burn off all organic matter.

6.4.6. Burn off carbon by heating in a muffle furnace at 550-600 °C for one hour.

6.4.7. Dissolve the residue in distilled water with 1 ml concentrated nitric acid added, and transfer the solution to a white porcelain casserole.

6.4.8. Add 1 ml 5% potassium chromate solution and 1 gram calcium carbonate.

6.4.9. Titrate with standard 0.05 N silver nitrate to the first permanent reddish color.

6.4.10. Calculate the sodium chloride content of the alcohol soluble matter by evaluating the expression:

% NaCl = (ml titrant x normality x 5.84) / gram of total alcohol soluble matter

6.4.11. Subtract this value from the value obtained in step 6.4.4.

6.4.12. Determine compliance with Paragraph 4.2.1.

6.5. pH:

6.5.1. Extract the water soluble matter from a 15 gram sample as in Paragraph 6.1.1., steps 1 through 5.

6.5.2. Bring the volume of filtrate plus washings to 225 ml with distilled water.

6.5.3. Using the procedure of ASTM D 1172, determine compliance of the resulting measurement with Paragraph 4.2.1.

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 and as specified in the Invitation for Bids. 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. PACKAGING: The product shall be package for shipment in cardboard cartons containing 48 cans each.


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.

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

9.2.1. Name and address of the manufacturer.

9.2.2. Trade name of the product, if any.

9.2.3. Net contents, U.S. liquid gallons (liters)

9.2.4. Directions for use, including precautions and first aid measures.

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 (485-29-01B).

11.2. The number of 48 pound cartons required.

12. PRODUCT INFORMATION: Cleanser conforming to this specification provides a combination of scouring, detergent, and bleaching action fro a number of housekeeping uses. It is excellent for cleaning kitchen utensils, porcelain and metal bathroom fixtures, and shower tiles discolored by mold. Best results are obtained by sprinkling the powder on a sponge, rag, or scouring pad before applying to the surface to be cleaned. Rinse iron or steel surface thoroughly after cleaning in order to prevent rust. Follow instruction on each can.

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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