AATCC Test Method 143-2011
Appearance of Apparel and Other Textile End Products

after Repeated Home Laundering

Developed in 1975 by AATCC Committee RA61

1.  Purpose and Scope

1.1  This test method is designed for evaluating the smoothness appearance of flat fabric and seams, and the retention of pressed-in creases in garments and other textile products after repeated home laundering.
1.2  Any washable textile end product may be evaluated for smoothness appearance, seam smoothness and crease retention using this method.
1.3  Textile end products containing any fabrics of any construction, such as woven, knit and nonwoven, may be evaluated according to this method.

1.4  Techniques for seaming and creasing are not outlined since the purpose is to evaluate textile end products as they will be supplied from manufacturing or as ready for use.

2.  Principle

2.1  Textile end product items are subjected to standard home laundering practices.   A choice is provided of hand or machine washing, alternative machine wash cycles and temperatures, and alternative drying procedures.  Evaluation is performed using a standard lighting and viewing area by rating the appearance of specimens in comparison with appropriate reference standards.


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