Intertek Launches Commercial Laundering Testing Services for Textiles in the U.S.

March 12, 2018

Chicago – Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announces the launch of commercial laundering testing services for textiles. These services, which simulate real-world commercial laundering conditions to determine the best care for repeatedly heavily laundered textiles, are offered out of the U.S. textiles lab and provide suppliers and manufacturers of commercial textiles—such as uniforms, linens and towels—an option to ensure that repeated laundering at higher temperatures won’t diminish the items' stability and appearance.

With investment in new state-of-the-art equipment at the Intertek textile testing laboratory in Arlington Heights, Illinois these new services can now be offered to customers. The set up allows experts in the lab to simulate real-world commercial washing and drying conditions with water temperature going up to 200°F to test textiles for appearance changes and other durability properties. The services can closely match the test procedure found in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists technical manual (AATCC 96) Dimensional Changes in Commercial Laundering Standard or be tailored to customers’ specific requirements. A range of laundering test conditions from severe to mild is provided to allow simulation of the various types of commercial launderings available.

Tony Walker, Director of Softlines and Hardlines in the U.S. for Intertek commented: “At Intertek, our focus has always been providing innovative Total Quality Assurance solutions to customers across multiple industries, including many that utilize textiles. We’re pleased to offer these commercial laundering testing services to suppliers and manufacturers of high-use textiles to help them fill this niche with testing focused on their unique needs.”

Intertek performs textile testing on items ranging from fabric samples to finished products, including activewear, apparel, accessories, soft home furnishings, linens and outdoor products. These services help customers meet consumer demand, minimize reputational risk and reduce environmental impact, while protecting the interests of retailers, brands, manufacturers and consumers.

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