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CONSULTANCY FOR TEXTILE & DETERGENT SUPPLIERS

TEXTILE SPECIFICATION & TESTING

LTC Worldwide can assist with the purchase of linens and garments that are the correct quality for you marketplace. We can assist with the production of specifications and then test samples from a range of you existing suppliers to determine which products offer the best value for money balanced against linen life.

Many new textiles enter the market each year and based on the design and construction or local regulations, will need to meet certain minimum standards. The correct advice on how the buyer can get the best service from your textile is affected by all of these factors and the correct use of care label symbols and pre-testing methods. Fabric life and the ease with which it can be handled and retain its appearance are critical to satisfied customers. The wrong specification when buying your textiles can (and often does) lead to a myriad of processing problems and user dissatisfaction – which we can help avoid.

Services for Textile and Detergent Suppliers

LTC Worldwide tests products for many of the world’s best hotel chains. If you are looking to introduce new products into new markets and want to know if they will perform well in a commercial or an in-house laundry then LTC Worldwide can assist with this. Furthermore our team of chemists and textile technologists can assist you in developing these textiles.

There are a wide range of possible tests available. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used and undertaken in a UKAS accredited laboratory. If the specific test required is not given below, please contact us for further information.

There are several methods to determine fabric STRENGTH/DAMAGE depending upon the fabric fibre content:

• Cuprammonium fluidity (BS2610) for use on 100% cotton and certain cellulosic fibres to determine the level of chemical damage sustained on both new and used items.

• Tear and Breaking strength – BSI EN ISO 13937 or BS EN ISO 13934 or BS 2576. Used for both 100% cotton and polyester cotton fabrics. There are a range of 7 types for this depending upon the fabric.

Items which are the subject of complaint are sent to LTC Worldwide for detailed investigation and report. This could include textile which are failing to meet specification or not performing well in use or they may have unusual staining or damage which the laundry or housekeeping are not responsibility for. The aims of this service are to:

• Clearly identify and describe the fault

• Identifying who caused the fault – be it the manufacturer, owner or launderer and therefore who should take responsibility

• Explain how to rectify the problem if this is possible and appropriate; and

• How to prevent it re-occurring.

Where possible all test work is non-destructive.

Fabric construction becomes important when buying against a specification or validating the correct construction has been used.

Martindale abrasion test – ISO 12947 to determine the risk of pilling and shade change caused by abrasion.

Terry loop tenacity – The pile extraction from a woven towel.

Picks and ends – BSI EN 1049-2 To determine the number of warp and weft threads in a fabric.

Fibre Content BS EN ISO 1833 normally used on mixed fibre content, e.g. Polyester cotton, to determine the fabric composition.

Textile Testing

TESTING FOR TEXTILE & DETERGENT SUPPLIERS

TEXTILE ANALYSIS

There are a wide range of possible tests available. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used and undertaken in a UKAS accredited laboratory. If the specific test required is not given below, please contact us for further information.

There are several methods to determine fabric STRENGTH/DAMAGE depending upon the fabric fibre content:

• Cuprammonium fluidity (BS2610) for use on 100% cotton and certain cellulosic fibres to determine the level of chemical damage sustained on both new and used items.

• Tear and Breaking strength – BSI EN ISO 13937 or BS EN ISO 13934 or BS 2576. Used for both 100% cotton and polyester cotton fabrics. There are a range of 7 types for this depending upon the fabric.

LTC Worldwide also supply 25 wash Chemical Damage Test Pieces to assess if the chemistry in a wash process is reducing the life of your linens.

Fabric construction becomes important when buying against a specification or validating the correct construction has been used.

  • Martindale abrasion test – ISO 12947 to determine the risk of pilling and shade change caused by abrasion.
  • Terry loop tenacity – The pile extraction from a woven towel.
  • Picks and ends – BSI EN 1049-2 To determine the number of warp and weft threads in a fabric.
  • Fibre Content BS EN ISO 1833 normally used on mixed fibre content, e.g. Polyester cotton, to determine the fabric composition.

LTC Worldwide regularly conducts independent testing of new and existing detergent products in the industrial and on premise laundry markets. We can assist you in developing new products or assist a hotel chain in choosing the best detergent supplier based on wash performance.

LTC Worldwide has developed several bespoke test procedures for specific issues including determining the potential for work-wear garments to be contaminated with residual nut allergens and for simulating spontaneous combustion. If you have a specific requirement one of our consultants will assist you. Prices for this are based on the range and type of testing required.

LTC Worldwide supply single use Wash Quality Test Pieces which quantitatively assess the quality of a wash process. We use artificially soiled swatches to ensure that fats, oils, proteins particulate soil and bleachable stains are effectively removed and offer constructive process advice if quality is not meeting expectations.

TRAINING FOR TEXTILE AND DETERGENT SUPPLIERS

From our wealth of industry knowledge and specialist training expertise LTC Worldwide have developed Textile and Laundry Quality training packages for Operators Supervisors, Managers and Engineers. These training packages with their “live” projects and case studies are specifically targeted to be relevant to the delegates and to deliver a return on any training investment.

The training supports and enhances existing staff knowledge and encourages the exchange of good practices, leaving any company more profitable and operating more effectively as a result. LTC worldwide work with their clients before.

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The training demonstrates the symptoms of the faults on which the textile supplier might be able to assist the launderer thus enabling the textile supplier to work out quickly what might have happened to cause a problem and help resolve this where necessary. The training is conducted over two days, one day at each level.

The objective of this level 2 & 3 training is to enable textile suppliers, manufacturers and distributors to understand and recognise the issues of laundry processes which impact on the textile supplier.

This four day course teaches managers and supervisors how to implement laundry technology to assist them in achieving quality productivity and cost targets. It teaches the technology in the first two days followed by the management skills required to ensure the technology is put into action. Detergent suppliers also find this a useful tool to assist technical service personnel in better managing the needs of clients.

These 2 levels 2 & 3 one day training courses at intermediate and advanced level are designed to equip the customer service team member to identify common laundry or dry cleaning faults, establish the cause and apportion blame in a consistent and fair manor. The training is conducted over two days, one day at each level. This helps textile and detergent suppliers to assess if their products or poor laundry or housekeeping practice is to blame for issues with textiles.

LTC Worldwide offers a one day training course for quality champions within laundry operations. The course explores the different methods of assessing the quality of new linen and how to monitor the quality of the linen in use along with the quality of the wash processes.

CONTACT US

If you would like to learn more about how we can help your business, please get in touch.