Humans wear clothes and clothes require cleaning. There are basically three themes related to the removal of soil and stains.
- Testing the effectiveness of laundry detergents and cleaners
- Testing the cleaning effectiveness of wash machines.
- Staining on textiles using applied or sprayed on liquids.
While information is available on how you can prepare your own soiled or stained textile swatches, it is usually more consistent and cost effective to purchase them. When purchasing, it is important to know what industry test method (AHAM, EMPA, ASTM, IEC 60356, AS/NZ) is required. Below are some suppliers of pre-soiled and stained textile swatches for testing. They may also be able to help with before and after colorimetric measurement evaluation:
Parameter Generation & Control Black Mountain, NC 28711 USA +828-669-8717 http://humiditycontrol.com Testfabrics, Inc. West Pittston, PA 186543 USA +803-329-2110 www.testfabrics.com DLI - Drycleaning and Laundry Institute Laurel, MD 20707 USA +301-622-1900 www.dlionline.org wfk Testgewebe GmbH D-41379 Brüggen-Bracht, Germany +49 (-2157) -871977 www.testgewebe.de