Laundering methods affect fabric wear
AuthorsMary Ann Morris
Harriet H. Prato
Authors AffiliationsMary Ann Morris is Professor, Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis; Harriet H. Prato is Staff Research Associate, Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis.
Hilgardia 31(1):18-19. DOI:10.3733/ca.v031n01p18. January 1977.
As much as half of the wear on fabrics during use may occur in laundering. Consequently, it is important to control the laundry process so that good appearance and adequate soil removal are balanced with minimum abrasive damage. Abrasion may occur both in washing and in drying, and studies have shown that water quality, detergent type, and drying conditions are important variables affecting the amount of damage. Figure 1 shows varying amounts of abrasion that can occur along a fabric crease after repeated Iaunderings.
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