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AATCC revising dry cleaning test methods

Industry News | August 6, 2014 | By:

Updates to include environmentally-friendly solvents.

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) is seeking participation in the revision of AATCC test methods related to dry cleaning.

The current perchloretheleyne solvent used in several AATCC test methods has been identified as potentially dangerous and is being phased out of use in some regions. AATCC research committee RA43 plans to update the following test methods to include more environmentally friendly solvents:

  • Test Method 86-2011 Drycleaning: Durability of Applied Designs and Finishes
  • Test Method 132-2013 Colorfastness to Drycleaning
  • Test Method 158-2011 Dimensional Changes on Drycleaning in Perchloroethylene

To participate in these activities, contact committee chair Joseph J. Nilsen by Oct. 1. at +1 215 737 2405 or


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