Testing is carried out to determine the efficacy of antimicrobial finishes on textile products and to support product claims and marketing literature.

Testing is carried out to various standard methods including, but not limited to:

  • AATCC 100 Antibacterial finishes on textile materials
  • AATCC 147 Antibacterial activity assessment of textile materials: parallel streak method
  • AATCC 174 Antimicrobial activity assessment of new carpets
  • ASTM E2149 Antimicrobial activity of immobilised antimicrobial agents under dynamic contact conditions
  • ISO 20743 Determination of antibacterial activity of textile products

Testing can be carried out using standard services strains or they can be substituted with organisms relevant to the product claims.

These may include antibiotic resistant strains such as MRSA and VRE, fungal spores or Clostridium difficile.