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Proposed ASTM Standard will cover bath mat production aspects.

Press Release Summary:

Jan 05, 2015 - Proposed standard ASTM WK41157, Specification for Bath Mats, will provide means to evaluate specific performance characteristics of bath mats intended for use in residential and institutional environments. According to ASTM member Kathleen Huddy, this standard will cover all practical aspects of bath mat production, from tuft bind to rug back staining, to help manufacturers create quality consumer products. Information will also cover warning label on proper bath mat use.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

Production Aspects of Bath Mats to be Covered in Proposed New ASTM Standard

Press release date: May 16, 2014

Everybody wants to feel safe as they step from a bathtub or shower. A proposed new ASTM International standard, ASTM WK41157, Specification for Bath Mats, will provide the means to evaluate specific performance characteristics of bath mats to be used both in the home and in institutional environments.

According to Kathleen Huddy, director of quality and product compliance, MindsInSync Inc., and an ASTM member, ASTM WK41157 will cover all practical aspects of producing a quality bath mat.

“From tuft bind to rug back staining, ASTM WK41157 will help manufacturers create a quality product for the consumer,” says Huddy. “The proposed standard will be used to back up any claims a manufacturer is making to the consumer in areas such as skid resistance and colorfastness.”

Huddy notes that bath mats are made from basic textiles which consumers are generally familiar with — nylon, polyester and cotton. Important basic properties for a mat that sits outside of a tub or shower are absorbency and slip resistance. In addition to such properties, the proposed standard will also provide information on a warning label to educate consumers on the proper use of bath mats.

ASTM WK41157 is being developed by Subcommittee D13.63 on Home Furnishings, part of ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles. Representatives from manufacturers, retailers and consumer advocate groups are invited to participate in the development of WK41157 and other proposed D13 standards.

ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

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ASTM Committee D13 Next Meeting: Jan. 2528, 2015, January Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

Technical Contact:
Kathleen Huddy
MindsInSync Inc.
New York, N.Y.
Phone: 646-439-0391
kathleenhuddy@mindsinsync.com

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