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Apparel Easy Care Test



Apparel Easy Care Test

Service Scope

With increasing concern on the environment, durable textile with a longer lifespan help save the need of customer’s next purchase and the resource of our mother nature.

Despite the various comments exist for “durable” claim and a harmonised standard is yet to be set, there are a few generally agreed key factors to define durability:
– to keep construction intact after prolonged use
– to resist color changes and keep appearance after provided care
– to maintain the intended additional function during use

For these, this page provides a few ideas that make your garment fulfil its service as intended. Functional test will be conducted and be repeated after provided care instructions.

If you have thoughts other than below, we are more than pleasure to suggest alternate test plans for you. Please contact us. 

Test Type

  • Durable Press (Easy Care / Non-Iron / Wrinkle Free)
    How much care needs to be given to maintain the smooth appearance on your shirts or the pleats on your skirt? One of the common textile functions that helps your product stand out from others is “durable press” – the ability to maintain its original shape with minimal care.

    Wash & Wear Durable Press test helps you evaluate the effectiveness of the durable press treatment by assessing shape keeping and crease retention after washes.

    While resin finishing could help to bring durable press effect to your garment, the strength of the fabric would, however, often be sacrificed. Balances between the shape retention function and fabric strength must be stroked for optimal effects.

    To have comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of the treatment, our “Durable Press” package test consists of Wash & Wear Durable Press test and additional strength check to ensure the overall outcome of the treatment is meeting market expectation. Please refer to test plan for details.

  • Oil & Stain Repellent
    The appearance of the apparel could be kept by resisting external contaminant. Contaminant can include liquid-based or oil-based stains. The test evaluates sample’s liquid and oil repellency, and repeats after laundering to check for function maintenance.
  • Stain Release
    Another way to keep apparel look new would be the ability to release contaminant during laundering procedure. The test intentionally stains the sample fabric, then sample would undergo laundering procedure and be checked for whether it could restore the original appearance. Test will repeat after wash.
  • Ultra Strength
    Broken seams, torn fabric, abraded color …… these shortens apparel’s lifespan and takes away customers’ faith.

    With market’s need of a more durable textile, the package is designed for testing textiles with stringent requirements on various aspect including strength and appearance retention to make sure it meets client’s expectation on apparel’s longevity.

Test Plan

Sample Size 
It will be advised in order confirmation email upon purchase.

Turnaround Time (working days)
5 Days (Regular – for Durable Press / Oil & Stain Repellent / Stain Release)
15 Days (Ultra Strength)

Test Description

“Durable Press” package test
Test Item:

  • Wash & Wear Durable Press
  • Tensile Strength / Tearing Strength / Bursting Strength (knit)
  • Opt-in Chemical Check: Formaldehyde #

Oil & Stain Repellent
Test Item:

  • Oil & Aqueous liquid repellency (Test repeated after certain cycles of customer care. )
  • Opt-in Chemical Check: Perfluorinated Chemicals #

Stain Release
Test Item:

  • Soil release (Test repeated after certain cycles of customer care. )
  • Opt-in Chemical Check: Perfluorinated Chemicals #

Ultra Strength
Test Item:

  • Tensile Strength / Tearing Strength / Bursting Strength / Seam Strength
  • Pilling Resistance
  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Above performance test would be tested as received stage and after an exaggerated number of cycles of customer care.
  • Appearance assessment after first, halfway and after all number of cycles of customer care.
  • If your would like to check for similar parameter as received stage (without washes), you may want to look up Strength Test Package.
  • No Opt-in Chemical Check with the Package.
    If needed, you may want to look for Basic Chemical Test in Fabric Swatch Test Package or Textile Material in ECO Test Package.

The test items will be adjusted depending on your product type and age range. Only specific test items will be applied to selected product type, test type and destination market. Detailed test item list will be included in order confirmation email upon purchase.

To quote an even more comprehensive assurance plan for your product, please contact us

# To save your test budget, composite test is applied whenever applicable. Only ONE group of chemical test is included in test package. Similar materials on sample will be gathered for analysis. In case any restricted chemical is detected in composite testing, additional individual checking may be required. Applicant will be informed in that case.

Strengths & benefits

Regulatory Experts
Ensure your product compliance to specific countries requirement

Global Network
Provide worldwide coverage and access to all key locations & markets

Order flow

1. Check Out

Confirm selections and fill in contact info

2. Arrange Payment

Pay by credit card or bank transfer offline​

3. Confirm Test Plan

Confirm test and product details

4. Send Sample

Send the sample with printed form

5. Receive Report

Receive our test report by email


Online Payment
  • Order acknowledgment email will be sent to you by system after successful payment
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you within 1 working day by our specialist
Offline Payment
  • We accept T/T bank transfer payment
  • Order acknowledgment email with bank details for payment will be sent to you by system after order submission
  • Please arrange payment and send payment receipt to our specialist by email
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you after payment verification by our specialist


You can add them to shopping cart and proceed to checkout for placing your order online. You will receive an order acknowledgment with order details after online order.

It is not necessary to create an account for online purchase, you can select Guest Checkout to place an order without an account.

However, creating an account offers additional benefits:

  • Your contact information will be saved securely for a faster checkout
  • Track your order status and history

If you place an order as a guest, please check our notifications at your email box. Please remember to check promotional and junk mail box if you can’t find it.

If you place an order as a member, please log in and check the status of your order under “Quote Request” or “Orders”.

SGS TIC Mall only accepts US$ for checkout.

You will receive a test application form, sample requirement and delivery details in confirmation email upon successful payment, please complete the form and send the required sample(s) to our competence centre in Hong Kong.

Please contact your dedicated specialist to submit your request. It will be reviewed case by case depending on the order process.

No, you can’t cancel and refund the paid order unless there is quality or service delivery issue.

Generally speaking, Wrinkle Free (Higher level) > Wrinkle resistance > Non-iron > Easy care (Lower level). A higher requirement will be applied on fabric claiming wrinkle free than that claiming easy care.

Resin finishing used for the desired shape retention would commonly cause brittleness of fabric structure at the same time. This results in lowered strength of the fabric (weakened tensile strength, tearing strength or abrasive resistance), which could potentially lead to easy breakage of fabric during customer used. Hence, conducting these strength checks on the same treated fabric can help secure the use expectation being met. Meanwhile, various chemicals may be used in the treatment, of which commonly found is formaldehyde. Residual formaldehyde is a highly concerned textile chemical which can cause allergy or even carcinogenic. Formaldehyde test is a way to check on this harmful treatment residual.

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