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Antimicrobial Textile & Fabric Testing

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Textile testing evaluates the efficacy and quality of newly developed textile materials for their intended use. The term “antimicrobial textile testing” is used for the assessment of antibacterial and antiviral finishes on textiles against harmful bacteria and viruses.

It goes without saying what a crucial role textiles play in our daily lives. From dresses to housewares (bedsheets, cushions, towels, etc) to medical fabrics (surgical gowns, caps, hospital bedding), textiles are used everywhere. Because of the high utility in both personal and public spaces, clothing fabrics are acknowledged as a potential source for the transmission of microbial infections. That’s why proper cleaning or sanitizing of clothing material is important to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases. But the problem is that regular detergents and soaps used for washing practices are not effective at eradicating harmful microbial strains.

To reduce and prevent the contamination of textile material with disease-causing microorganisms, fabric materials are incorporated with antimicrobial agents. These antimicrobial-treated clothes have the ability to inhibit the growth of harmful microbes or completely kill them.

Before such clothing materials are introduced into the market, they are evaluated for their antimicrobial efficacy using international standards.

Antimicrobial Textile and Fabric Test Methods

Textile industry has developed separate antimicrobial solutions for viral and bacterial infections. Treated textiles are evaluated for their antimicrobial efficacy using specific test methods –

Antibacterial Test for Textiles

  • AATCC 100 – Test Method for Antibacterial Finishes on Textile Materials
  • JIS L 1902 – The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) to determine Antibacterial Activity of Textile
  • ISO 20743 – International Standard to Determination of the activity of textile clothes
  • ASTM E2149 – Standard test method for determining the antimicrobial activity of immobilized Antimicrobial Agents

Antiviral Test for Textiles

  • ISO 18184 – Determination of the antiviral activity of textile products
  • EN 14476 – Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of virucidal activity in the medical area

Examples of Textiles Products Tested at MIS

Several different types of textile materials can be tested using the above-given test methods –

  • Wadding
  • Thread
  • Denim fabric
  • Bedclothes
  • Home furnishings
  • Surgical apparel and gloves
  • Face masks
  • Hospital bedding

Advantages of Antimicrobial Testing on Textile Products

In today’s times, consumers are showing more interest in buying products, especially textiles that are microbe safe. In response to customer’s needs, numerous textile manufacturers and companies are engaged in developing textile materials that are treated with antimicrobial agents.  

After the development of antimicrobial clothes, testing methods come into the role to ensure their efficacy, quality, and reliability against harmful bacteria and viruses. Put simply, antimicrobial testing methods are a crucial part of the product development process.

Why trust MIS with your Textile & Fabric Product Testing?

Microbe Investigations (MIS) is a leading global microbiology testing service provider for textiles, disinfectants, coatings, and plastic industries.

Our testing laboratory is well equipped with modern equipments and latest technology, capable of undertaking test procedures. We truly understand the importance and purpose of product analysis and performance testing in achieving the right product development. Thereby, we are committed in delivering quick and high-quality results for testing materials. Our team of microbiologists and technical experts follow standard procedures and mandatory guidelines for antimicrobial textile testing.

Along with antimicrobial testing, we extend our services in entomology for the analysis of mosquito repellent formulations.

Consult our experts for further information and to discuss quotations for testing services. Our consultation experts guide you through challenges and the best possible solutions for high-quality product development.

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