Textiles, fabrics and apparel are subject to a range of microbial challenges.

Antimicrobial use in textiles, such as towels, is important to prevent odor caused by microbial growth. Additionally, determining how well an antimicrobial will work through extended use is also an important factor when developing a product for the end-consumer.The base fabrics, auxiliaries and the intended use can all affect the antimicrobial performance of the textile. For a given textile, each auxiliary, material and performance characteristic may affect how well an antimicrobial works, and depending on how the textile is used, how long the antimicrobial will actually last.

Commonly requested antimicrobial textile tests include AATCC 30-III, JIS Z 2801 and ISO 22196, and AATCC 100. Durability testing is recommended, especially AATCC 61 and AATCC 135, designed to show how home laundering affects performance.

With over 20 years of experience with antimicrobial applications and formulations, Situ Biosciences can test antimicrobial textiles and develop formulations for auxiliaries and additives.

From single textile test samples to production scale textile testing, we perform a range of testing for antimicrobial textiles used in industrial, institutional, military and commercial markets.

Using common AATCC, ISO, JIS and ASTM textile tests, our expertise includes testing antimicrobial textiles used in health and hygiene applications.  What is important to keep in mind is that textile testing helps to minimize risk and protect the interest of both manufacturers and consumers.

Additionally, having an on going quality control program will assure customers that their finished product is performing optimally against microbial contamination throughout production.

With a variety of fabrics and textiles on the market, testing antimicrobial performance throughout product development and after production are important steps to a successful high quality and performing product for consumers.

Contact the lab at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com for more about antimicrobial textile testing.