Raitech Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has announced positive results in a preliminary study using its
Quickwash Plus™ shrinkage testing system to predict fabric colorfastness.
Researchers at Cotton Incorporated produced the washdown effects of five home laundry and
tumble dry cycles. The testing complied with AATCC TM standards and included a variety of
wash/agitation times, rinse cycles, dry times and detergent ratios (See “From The Ground Up” in
The study showed that Quickwash processing of 100-percent cotton interlock dyed fabrics
generated lower DEcmc values than identical fabrics subjected to AATCC TM 61 IIA washing standards.
“After our success in shrinkage testing,” said J. Mark Raiteri, president, Raitech, “we’re
pleased to find that Quickwash offers tremendous potential as a time-saving predictor for companies
who require testing of colorfastness as well.”