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TESTING FOR LAUNDERERS

FIBRE & FABRIC TESTING

LTC Worldwide can assist with the purchase of linens and garments that are the correct quality for you marketplace. We can assist with the production of specifications and then test samples from a range of you existing suppliers to determine which products offer the best value for money balanced against linen life. LTC Worldwide also supplies 25 wash Chemical Damage Test Pieces to assess if the chemistry in a wash process is reducing the life of your linens.

FABRIC CONSTRUCTION

Fabric construction becomes important when buying against a specification or validating the correct construction has been used.

• Martindale abrasion test – ISO 12947 to determine the risk of pilling and shade change caused by abrasion.

• Terry loop tenacity – The pile extraction from a woven towel.

• Picks and ends - BSI EN 1049-2 To determine the number of warp and weft threads in a fabric.

• Fibre Content BS EN ISO 1833 normally used on mixed fibre content, e.g. Polyester cotton, to determine the fabric composition.

DETERGENT TESTING

LTC Worldwide regularly conducts independent testing of new and existing detergent products in the industrial and on premise laundry markets. We can assist you in developing new products or assist a hotel chain in choosing the best detergent supplier based on wash performance.

WASH QUALITY TESTING

LTC Worldwide supply single use Wash Quality Test Pieces which quantitatively assess the quality of a wash process. We use artificially soiled swatches to ensure that fats, oils, proteins particulate soil and bleachable stains are effectively removed and offer constructive process advice if quality is not meeting expectations.

FAULT ANALYSIS

Items which are the subject of complaint are sent to LTC Worldwide for detailed investigation and report. This could include textile which are failing to meet specification or not performing well in use or they may have unusual staining or damage which the laundry or housekeeping are not responsibility for. The aims of this service are to:

• Clearly identify and describe the fault

• Identifying who caused the fault - be it the manufacturer, owner or launderer and therefore who should take responsibility

• Explain how to rectify the problem if this is possible and appropriate; and

• How to prevent it re-occurring.

Where possible all test work is non-destructive.

BESPOKE TESTING

LTC Worldwide has developed several bespoke test procedures for specific issues including determining the potential for work-wear garments to be contaminated with residual nut allergens and for simulating spontaneous combustion. If you have a specific requirement one of our consultants will assist you. Prices for this are based on the range and type of testing required.

TEXTILE ANALYSIS

There are a wide range of possible tests available. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used and undertaken in a UKAS accredited laboratory. If the specific test required is not given below, please contact us for further information.

There are several methods to determine fabric STRENGTH/DAMAGE depending upon the fabric fibre content:

• Cuprammonium fluidity (BS2610) for use on 100% cotton and certain cellulosic fibres to determine the level of chemical damage sustained on both new and used items.

• Tear and Breaking strength – BSI EN ISO 13937 or BS EN ISO 13934 or BS 2576. Used for both 100% cotton and polyester cotton fabrics. There are a range of 7 types for this depending upon the fabric.

TESTING FOR HOTELS & HOSPITALITY

TEXTILE SPECIFICATION & TESTING

LTC Worldwide can assist with the purchase of linens and garments that are the correct quality for you marketplace. We can assist with the production of specifications and then test samples from a range of you existing suppliers to determine which products offer the best value for money balanced against linen life. LTC Worldwide also supplies 25 wash Chemical Damage Test Pieces to assess if the chemistry in a wash process is reducing the life of your linens.

FABRIC CONSTRUCTION

Fabric construction becomes important when buying against a specification or validating the correct construction has been used.

• Martindale abrasion test – ISO 12947 to determine the risk of pilling and shade change caused by abrasion.

• Terry loop tenacity – The pile extraction from a woven towel.

• Picks and ends - BSI EN 1049-2 To determine the number of warp and weft threads in a fabric.

• Fibre Content BS EN ISO 1833 normally used on mixed fibre content, e.g. Polyester cotton, to determine the fabric composition.

DETERGENT TESTING

LTC Worldwide regularly conducts independent testing of new and existing detergent products in the industrial and on premise laundry markets. We can assist you in developing new products or assist a hotel chain in choosing the best detergent supplier based on wash performance.

BESPOKE TESTING

LTC Worldwide has developed several bespoke test procedures for specific issues including determining the potential for work-wear garments to be contaminated with residual nut allergens and for simulating spontaneous combustion. If you have a specific requirement one of our consultants will assist you. Prices for this are based on the range and type of testing required.

WASH QUALITY TESTING

LTC Worldwide supply single use Wash Quality Test Pieces which quantitatively assess the quality of a wash process. We use artificially soiled swatches to ensure that fats, oils, proteins particulate soil and bleachable stains are effectively removed and offer constructive process advice if quality is not meeting expectations.

TEXTILE ANALYSIS

There are a wide range of possible tests available. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used and undertaken in a UKAS accredited laboratory. If the specific test required is not given below, please contact us for further information.

There are several methods to determine fabric STRENGTH/DAMAGE depending upon the fabric fibre content:

• Cuprammonium fluidity (BS2610) for use on 100% cotton and certain cellulosic fibres to determine the level of chemical damage sustained on both new and used items.

• Tear and Breaking strength – BSI EN ISO 13937 or BS EN ISO 13934 or BS 2576. Used for both 100% cotton and polyester cotton fabrics. There are a range of 7 types for this depending upon the fabric.

FAULT ANALYSIS

Items which are the subject of complaint are sent to LTC Worldwide for detailed investigation and report. This could include textile which are failing to meet specification or not performing well in use or they may have unusual staining or damage which the laundry or housekeeping are not responsibility for. The aims of this service are to:

• Clearly identify and describe the fault

• Identifying who caused the fault - be it the manufacturer, owner or launderer and therefore who should take responsibility

• Explain how to rectify the problem if this is possible and appropriate; and • How to prevent it re-occurring.

Where possible all test work is non-destructive.

TESTING FOR TEXTILE & DETERGENT SUPPLIERS

TEXTILE ANALYSIS

There are a wide range of possible tests available. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used and undertaken in a UKAS accredited laboratory. If the specific test required is not given below, please contact us for further information.

There are several methods to determine fabric STRENGTH/DAMAGE depending upon the fabric fibre content:

• Cuprammonium fluidity (BS2610) for use on 100% cotton and certain cellulosic fibres to determine the level of chemical damage sustained on both new and used items.

• Tear and Breaking strength – BSI EN ISO 13937 or BS EN ISO 13934 or BS 2576. Used for both 100% cotton and polyester cotton fabrics. There are a range of 7 types for this depending upon the fabric.

LTC Worldwide also supply 25 wash Chemical Damage Test Pieces to assess if the chemistry in a wash process is reducing the life of your linens.

BESPOKE TESTING

LTC Worldwide has developed several bespoke test procedures for specific issues including determining the potential for work-wear garments to be contaminated with residual nut allergens and for simulating spontaneous combustion. If you have a specific requirement one of our consultants will assist you. Prices for this are based on the range and type of testing required.

WASH QUALITY TESTING

LTC Worldwide supply single use Wash Quality Test Pieces which quantitatively assess the quality of a wash process. We use artificially soiled swatches to ensure that fats, oils, proteins particulate soil and bleachable stains are effectively removed and offer constructive process advice if quality is not meeting expectations.

DETERGENT TESTING

LTC Worldwide regularly conducts independent testing of new and existing detergent products in the industrial and on premise laundry markets. We can assist you in developing new products or assist a hotel chain in choosing the best detergent supplier based on wash performance.

FABRIC CONSTRUCTION

Fabric construction becomes important when buying against a specification or validating the correct construction has been used.

• Martindale abrasion test – ISO 12947 to determine the risk of pilling and shade change caused by abrasion.

• Terry loop tenacity – The pile extraction from a woven towel.

• Picks and ends - BSI EN 1049-2 To determine the number of warp and weft threads in a fabric.

• Fibre Content BS EN ISO 1833 normally used on mixed fibre content, e.g. Polyester cotton, to determine the fabric composition.