About Our Expert Household Cleaner Performance Testing

You want to shout about your products’ benefits from the rooftop! Or at the very least, you’d like to show consumers how amazing your product is so that they pick yours up over the competition beside you on store shelves. Dell Tech can help you do that!

Claims about a product’s performance, both on the label and in online marketing, must be substantiated. Our team of senior lab technicians test all types of cleaning products, including:

  • All purpose cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Kitchen cleaners
  • Window cleaners
  • Glass cleaners

Here is a list of some of the most popular test methods Dell Tech performs in-house on cleaning products. The standards for these methods come from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM):

  • ASTM D4488 Testing Cleaning Performance of Products Intended for Use on Resilient Flooring & Washable Walls
  • ASTM D5343 Evaluating Performance of Ceramic Tile Cleaners
  • ASTM D3751 Standard Practice for Evaluation of Furniture Polish
  • For information specific to laundry testing and the removal of stains, go to this page.


Performance Testing for Cleaning Products

Performance testing for cleaning products involves evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of various attributes in terms of their cleaning capabilities. This type of testing is crucial to ensure that the cleaning products deliver the promised results.

At Dell Tech we use standard and custom test methods to evaluate Cleaning Efficacy (how well the product can clean different types of dirt, stains, and grime commonly found in real-life scenarios); Stain Removal; Surface Compatibility (ensuring that the product is safe to use on a variety of surfaces without causing damage, discoloration, or other undesirable effects); and Residue and Film (checking if the product leaves behind residue or film after cleaning).

Ecolabel Certification

Dell Tech performs in-house testing to help your company become certified with third-party certification programs including:

  • EPA Safer Choice standard;
  • Green Seal; and
  • UL Ecologo.

These programs evaluate products for reduced risk to human health, environmental impacts, and sustainable production practices. These can help products win shelf space with national retailers who know consumers are looking for eco-friendly household cleaning products.

Custom Testing and Materials

Do you want to test your product’s performance against a specific stain or dirt? Our team creates custom tiles using the ingredients that showcase your product’s cleaning power best to consumers. Talk to our team to develop the test that’s right for you and quote your project.

Best-in-Class Results and Reporting

After we have tested your product, we’ll present you with an easy-to-understand test report of the results. Use this reporting to substantiate your marketing claims or as proof when applying for eco-certification.

Our Process to Test the Performance of Household Cleaners 

Our commitment to client support begins by actively engaging with our clients to thoroughly understand their unique needs and desired outcomes. It begins with an exploratory call, during which we delve into clients’ testing needs and objectives. This collaborative and consultative approach allows us to tailor our testing methodologies precisely to their requirements, enabling us to provide actionable insights that drive product excellence.

Our dedicated client services team assists clients in navigating the setup process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is accurately collected. Building on this, we provide a tailored quote and/or scope of work that transparently outlines testing procedures, timelines, and costs.

Once clients approve, they submit samples and essential paperwork. Clients are notified when samples are received, along with the estimated turn around time of results. After testing, our quality assurance team reviews results for accuracy and compliance. The culmination of this process is the delivery of a comprehensive report that empowers clients with clear insights into their household cleaners’ performance.

However, our commitment doesn’t end there. We offer clients the opportunity for a follow-up discussion with our Lab Services Group, ensuring they gain a deep understanding of the results and actionable recommendations. By prioritizing collaboration, transparency, and value at every step, Dell Tech goes beyond conventional testing to empower clients in the dynamic landscape of household cleaners.

Our technical staff stay up-to-date on regulatory information. This ensures our capability to offer insightful analysis of results in the context of North American consumer product regulations and transport regulations, encompassing CCCR, CPSC, as well as WHMIS, OSHA, and transport standards such as TDG, DOT, IATA, and IMDG.


Dana Mladin

Dana Mladin

Dana oversees all claim testing that is part of Dell Tech’s Chemical Lab Testing Services. She provides valuable cross divisional support to Lab Services, Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety. Dana supports clients with her broad understanding of Canadian and US consumer product regulations and can efficiently determine what standard methods are required to substantiate claims and/or determine hazard classifications. Dana joined Dell Tech in 2012 with 15+ years of experience in an Engineering and Quality Control Laboratory. Dana holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.

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Katherine Hatherley of Dell Tech

Katherine Hatherley

Katherine supports Dell Tech’s analytical testing, including claims testing and performance substantiation for consumer products. Her work in various laboratory facilities including agricultural analytical services and insect toxicology, have added to her value here at Dell Tech. Katherine holds a Certified Technician designation from the esteemed Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

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What is the ASTM D4488 A5 method?

ASTM D4488-A5 is a standard test method to evaluate the performance of household products intended for use on resilient flooring and washable walls. ASTM D4488-A5 is applicable to all multi-purpose household cleaners. It may apply to some industrial/institutional cleaners as well.

You can learn more about the ASTM D4488 test method in this popular blog written by the Dell Tech team: Floor and Wall Cleaner Products Testing: ASTM D4488-A5.

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