Demand in the market for quality textiles that meet consumers’ demands for comfort and freshness has been increasing. Antibacterial performance depends on its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria. The finishes that are often added to fabrics and textiles need to be tested for efficacy by challenging them with various bacterial strains. Swatches of the treated test articles are compared to the untreated ones and are qualitatively assessed for antibacterial activity using AATCC Method 147. Samples showing activity are then evaluated quantitatively using AATCC Method 100. This is done by inoculating the swatches with organisms, incubating them, and shaking them in a neutralizing solution. A calculation of the reduction of the bacterial population is then made.
Pacific BioLabs is experienced in this type of testing using a wide range of textiles. Testing can also take place in non-fabric materials using a modified method. We are able to answer any questions that you may have regarding antibacterial textile testing and can help you choose the best approach for your sample.