Textiles & Apparel

Intertek's tailored solutions enable retailers, brands and manufacturers of textile products, apparel and home textiles to ensure the safety, quality and performance of their products.

Intertek performs testing on items ranging from fabric samples to finished products, including apparel and footwear for children and adults (pajamas, sweaters, jeans, outerwear) and home furnishings (bedding, curtains, furniture fabric, rugs). We help ensure our customers meet consumer demand for high quality, minimize reputational risk, reduce environmental impacts and protect the interests of retailers, brands, textile manufacturers and consumer safety.

Intertek’s textiles and apparel testing solutions include:

Fiber Identification – Most countries require fiber identification labels for imported apparel and home textiles that indicating the fiber type and percentage of fiber components.

Eco-Textile Testing – A number of major European and U.S. textile product buyers have responded to public demand for “green” products by establishing ecological and environmental requirements. Intertek provides a comprehensive spectrum of eco-testing services to address environmental protection and consumer health and safety, including:

  • Banned Azo colorants and ozone-depleting chemicals
  • Heavy metal, pesticide residues and fungicides, such as dimethylfumarate
  • Formaldehyde content
  • Eco-textile certification
  • GB 18401 testing

Feather and Down Testing – Intertek offers special feather and down testing for quantitative analysis, filling power, thermal properties, migration and penetration resistance.

Care Label Instructions – Many countries have mandatory or voluntary standards for care label instructions applicable to textiles and apparel. Intertek conducts the following tests to determine the most appropriate consumer care conditions for the tested products:

  • Colorfastness to washing, bleaching and dry cleaning
  • Dimensional stability, appearance retention and ironing

Performance Testing – Intertek offers a variety of tests meeting specific performance standards related to consumer end-use of textile products, including:

  • Dimensional stability to washing and dry cleaning
  • Colorfastness to light, crocking (rubbing), washing and bleaching
  • Physical tests – strength, abrasion, pilling resistance
  • Chemical tests – finish analysis and pH

Flammability Testing – Intertek ensures that materials used in adult apparel and children’s sleepwear are in compliance with flammability regulations in order to import or sell these products. Intertek also conducts flammability regulatory testing for upholstery, rugs and carpets.

Thermal and Water Vapor Resistance Testing – Using a “sweating guarded hotplate,” Intertek tests for Thermal Resistance (Rct) and Water Vapor Resistance (Ret) according to ISO 11092, EN 31092 and ASTM F1898 standards. Thermal resistance testing ensures reduction of heat transfer in garments, while water vapor resistance testing indicates sweat-friendly clothing that allows water vapors to pass through fabric and evaporate quickly for comfort. These tests can be performed on fabrics, films, coatings, foams and leather, including multilayer assemblies, for use in clothing, quilts, sleeping bags, upholstery, and similar products.

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