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Effect of Laundering on a Flame Retardant Fabric

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dc.contributor.author Meyer, Gladys
dc.contributor.author Janecek, Coila
dc.rights North Dakota State University en_US
dc.title Effect of Laundering on a Flame Retardant Fabric en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.source North Dakota Farm Research: Vol. 33, No. 06, pp. 14-16 en_US
dc.description Clothing and other untreated fabrics on household objects may ignite and catch fire due to heat sources and cause injury to human and other. The US government enacted legislation mandating that a large number of clothing and other items meet flame retardant standards. Around this time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a fact sheet entitled 'Laundering Procedures for Flame Retardant Fabrics'. Washing may reduce flame retardant qualities, especially when other chemicals such as bleach are added to the wash. A flammability study was done in the Department of Textiles and Clothing comparing the effectiveness of a flame retardant finish on cotton, flannelette fabric when laundered in both high and low phosphate detergent and with moderately hard and soft water. This study is the topic of this article. The results of the test indicated some tolerance to variables in the laundering procedure while maintaining flame retard qualities. This tolerance is important to allow for differences in water hardness, amount of phosphate in detergents and variations in laundering procedures.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-23T15:28:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-23T15:28:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9760
dc.date 1976 en_US
dc.subject Laundry en_US

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