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February 3, 2010 - ASTM WK26967, Test Method for Evaluating Cleaning Performance of Products Intended for Use on Kitchen Surfaces Found in the Home, is being developed by Subcommittee D12.16 on Hard Surface Cleaning. Development is taking place following withdrawal of standard ASTM D4488, and, according to Toni Lynch, WK26967 will be more specific to kitchen surface cleaning. Lynch also says WK26967 task group will develop consumer-specific soils relevant to cleaning kitchen surfaces.

Performance of Cleaning Products for Kitchen Surfaces Is Subject of Proposed New ASTM Standard

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Press release date: February 1, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - All interested parties, particularly experts on surfaces or soils, are invited to join in the development of a proposed new ASTM International standard that will cover cleaning products for kitchen surfaces.

The proposed new standard, ASTM WK26967, Test Method for Evaluating Cleaning Performance of Products Intended for Use on Kitchen Surfaces Found in the Home, is being developed by Subcommittee D12.16 on Hard Surface Cleaning, part of ASTM International Committee D12 on Soaps and Other Detergents.

According to Toni Lynch, scientist, Clorox Services Co., and a member of D12, the withdrawal of a previous ASTM standard, ASTM D4488, Guide for Testing Cleaning Performance of Products Intended for Use on Resilient Flooring and Washable Walls, has inspired interest in the development of WK26967, which will be more specific to kitchen surface cleaning than the previous standard.

"The ASTM WK26967 task group will be developing soils that are most consumer relevant to cleaning surfaces in the kitchen," says Lynch. "Kitchen grease and greasy particulate soils are two examples of soils that consumers commonly encounter." Lynch notes that ASTM WK26967 will cover a variety of common surfaces found in the kitchen that were not included in ASTM D4488.

In addition to developing ASTM WK26967, Lynch says that the task group is looking for test laboratories to participate in round robin testing for the proposed standard.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Committee D12 Next Meeting: Oct. 13, October committee week, San Antonio, Texas

Technical Contact: Toni Lynch, Clorox Service Co., Pleasanton, Calif., Phone: 925-425-6729;

ASTM Staff Contact: Kathleen McClung, Phone: 610-832-9717,

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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