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Drycleaning & Laundry Institute Textile Testing Laboratory

14700 Sweitzer Lane

Laurel, MD 20707 US


Drycleaning & Laundry Institute's Textile Testing Laboratory is the premier testing facility of the drycleaning and laundry industries! Our lab was founded in 1883 and over the years we have developed a state-of-the-art testing facility, equipped with full-scale commercial laundry, drycleaning, wetcleaning and pressing equipment.

As the organization that developed standard drycleaning and laundry procedures we are uniquely qualified to test and evaluate all types of linen and apparel for fabric characteristics and performance in use and care.

We can help you if you need a specific test or if you need to develop a test protocol for your product.

Technical Information:

*AATCC TM 96 Dimensional changes in Commercial Laundering of Woven and Knitted Fabrics Except Wool

*AATCC TM 135 Dimensional Changes of Fabrics after Home Laundering

*AATCC TM 150 Dimensional Changes of Garments after Home Laundering

*AATCC TM 158 Dimensional Changes on Drycleaning in Perchloroethylene:

*Machine Method

*AATCC TM 132 Colorfastness to Drycleaning - subject fabric to textile industry approved equipment to evaluate overall color changes or if dye transfers to other fibers.

*AATCC TM 61 Colorfastness to Laundering, Home and Commercial: Accelerated: evaluate colorfastness of fabric to washing.

Flammability testing:
*Children's Sleepwear 16 CFR 1615; 16 CFR 1616
*Wearing Apparel 16 CRF 1610, CS 191053
*NFPA 701 Flammability, Small-Scale

Thread count:
* ASTM D 3775 for woven fabrics
* ASTM D 3887 for knit fabrics

Fabric weight:
*ASTM D 3776

Yarn construction:
ASTM D 1059

Stain release testing:
*AATCC 130 Soil Release: Oily Stain Release Method
*AATCC 175 Stain Resistance: Pile Floor Coverings

Textile damage:
*Chemical Residual Analysis - spot tests suggested by AATCC and DLI experts to determine current condition of the fabric.
*AATCC TM 81 pH of the Water-Extract from Wet Processed Textiles.
*Appearance and analysis
*Tensile strength: ASTM D 5034
*Tear strength: ASTM D 1424 or ASTM D 2261
*Resistance to pilling: ASTM 3512

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