Staining characteristics of selected synthetic fabrics for "minimum care" garments

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Sara J. Crawford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pauline Keeney

Abstract: Wash and Wear is defined as: "A term used to describe garments—also fabrics from which they are made—that will satisfactorily retain their original neat appearance after repeated wear and laundering with occasional or no ironing." In 1957, in well over three-fourths of the households in the nation one or more members owned 2 wash and wear garments. Good fabric performance depends on two things—the inherent characteristics of the fiber and the characteristics imparted by chemical and mechanical finishing of the fabric. The hydrophobic characteristic of the synthetic fibers, as opposed to the hydrophilic characteristic of the natural fibers, has caused the synthetic fibers to be used extensively in minimum care fabrics and garments. Most textile technologists agree that the hydrophilic or hydrophobic nature of the fiber is the outstanding characteristic of a textile fiber. 3

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Language: English
Date: 1961
Synthetic fabrics
Textile fabrics
Textile fabrics $x Cleaning

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