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Steam Cleaners, Fabric Cleaners, and Electric Irons Electric irons, steam cleaners, and fabric steamers standards, developed by IEC, address safety and technical specifications. These standards are intended to improve the safety measures involved for both commercial and domestic use. In terms of practicality, standards in this category deal with common hazards, encountered by all persons in and around the home. More specifically, this category does not take into account persons (including children) whose physical, sensory, or mental capabilities; or lack of experience and knowledge prevent them from using the appliance safely without supervision or instruction or children playing with the appliance.

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IEC 60335-2-3 Ed. 6.0 b:2012

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-3: Particular requirements for electric irons

"IEC 60335-2-3:2012 deals with the safety of electric dry irons and steam irons, including those with a separate water reservoir or boiler having a capacity not exceeding 5 l, for household and similar purposes, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V. Appliances not intended for normal household use, but which nevertheless may be a source of danger to the public, such as appliances intended to be used by laymen in shops, in light industry and on farms, are within the scope of this standard. As far as is practicable, this standard deals with the common hazards presented by appliances, which are encountered by all persons in and around the home. However, in general, it does not take into account persons (including children) whose physical, sensory or mental capabilities; or lack of experience and knowledge prevents them from using the appliance safely without supervision or instruction or children playing with the appliance. This standard does not apply to ironers (IEC 60335-2-44); appliances designed exclusively for industrial purposes or appliances intended to be used in locations where special conditions prevail, such as the presence of a corrosive or explosive atmosphere (dust, vapour or gas). This sixth edition cancels and replaces the fifth edition published in 2002 including its Amendment 1 (2004) and its Amendment 2 (2008). It constitutes a technical revision. The principal changes in this edition as compared with the fifth edition of IEC 60335-2-3 are as follows (minor changes are not listed): - some notes have been converted to normative text (20.1, 21.102, 22.106, 24.4, 25.5, 25.14); - hoses that are subjected to the pressure test have been identified (22.7) and - the types of flexible cord that can be used are clarified (25.7). The attention of National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new, amended or revised IEC publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip themselves for conducting new or revised tests. It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of publication. Keywords: dry irons: steam irons "

This standard is also available from: AS


IEC 60335-2-79 Ed. 4.0 b:2016

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-79: Particular requirements for high pressure cleaners and steam cleaners

IEC 60335-2-79:2016 deals with the safety of high-pressure cleaners without traction drive, intended for household and commercial indoor or outdoor use, having a rated pressure not less than 2,5 MPa and not exceeding 35 MPa. It also applies to steam cleaners and those parts of hot water high pressure cleaners incorporating a steam stage which have a capacity not exceeding 100 l, a rated pressure not exceeding 2,5 MPa and a product of capacity and rated pressure not exceeding 5 MPa╖l. They are not equipped with a traction drive. The following power systems of the drive for the high pressure pump are covered: - mains powered motors up to a rated voltage of 250 V for single-phase machines and 480 V for other machines, - battery-operated motors, - internal combustion engines, - hydraulic or pneumatic motors. This standard does not apply to: - high pressure water jet machines having a rated pressure exceeding 35 MPa; - steam cleaners intended for domestic use; - hand-held and transportable motor-operated electric tools; - appliances for medical purposes; - agricultural sprayers; - non-liquid, solid abrasive cleaners; - machines designed to be part of a production process; - machines designed for use in corrosive or explosive environments (dust, vapour or gas) or - machines designed for use in vehicles or on board of ships or aircraft. This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition published in 2012. It constitutes a technical revision. The principal changes in this edition as compared with the third edition of IEC 60335-2-79 are as follows (minor changes are not listed): - the standard has been revised editorially to avoid misunderstandings; - the document has been revised for the consistent use of definitions throughout the text; - correct references were added in the foreword; - Annex B has been revised and updated; - Clause 15 has been revised and updated; - clarification of relevant liquid tanks has been added; - in Clause 20 the revised temperature has been inserted and the text in 29.1 was modified in order to remove any misunderstandings and is in line with IEC 60335-2-102. This part 2 is to be used in conjunction with the latest edition of IEC 60335-1 and its amendments. It was established on the basis of the fifth edition (2010) of that standard. The attention of National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new, amended or revised IEC publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip themselves for conducting new or revised tests. It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of its publication. Key words: Steam Cleaner, High Pressure Cleaner


IEC 60335-2-85 Ed. 2.0 b:2002

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-85: Particular requirements for fabric steamers

"Deals with the safety of electric fabric steamers intended for household and similar purposes, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V. Appliances not intended for normal household use, such as appliances to be used by laymen in laundries and dry cleaners, are within the scope of this standard. "

This standard is also available from: IEC Amendment 2008  /  AS


IEC 60335-2-85 Ed. 2.1 b:2008

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-85: Particular requirements for fabric steamers

"Deals with the safety of electric fabric steamers intended for household and similar purposes, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V. Appliances not intended for normal household use, such as appliances to be used by laymen in laundries and dry cleaners, are within the scope of this standard. This consolidated version consists of the second edition (2002) and its amendment 1 (2008). Therefore, no need to order amendment in addition to this publication. "

This standard is also available from: BS  /  ON