ASTM D3938 - 13

    Standard Guide for Determining or Confirming Care Instructions for Apparel and Other Textile Products

    Active Standard ASTM D3938 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.62

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    ASTM D3938

    Significance and Use

    4.1 This is a guide to help a manufacturer distributor, or importer establish a reasonable basis for care information.

    4.2 The manufacturer, distributor, or importer should possess, prior to sale, reliable evidence that the product was not harmed when refurbished reasonably often according to the instructions. Additionally they should possess reliable evidence that the product or a fair sample of the product would be harmed when refurbished by methods warned against on the label.

    4.3 This guide is intended for general use by those who wish to determine whether apparel or other textile products will perform in an acceptable manner when the care instructions on the label are followed.

    4.4 Refurbished products are evaluated against previously selected product performance specifications to determine whether the products can be refurbished successfully by following the instructions on the care label.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide may be used to determine and confirm the appropriate care label instructions for apparel, piece goods, and other textile products excluding textile floor coverings and upholstery.

    1.2 This guide encompasses the following care procedures: home laundering, professional textile care, and other alternative cleaning methods.

    1.3 This guide includes provision for evaluating the complete textile product and the product components.

    1.4 This guide covers the performance characteristics as a result of refurbishing that are important in determining the acceptability of a textile product.

    1.5 This guide is appropriate for the evaluation of all garments and household textiles that are sold with care labels.

    1.5.1 This guide may also be used in connection with the evaluation of similar materials that do not have a care label.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D3136 Terminology Relating to Care Labeling for Apparel, Textile, Home Furnishing, and Leather Products

    Other Standards

    TheNationalStandardo (CAN/CSGB-86.1-M91) Available from Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Supply and Services Canada, Publication Section, Hull (Quebec) K1A OS9.

    AATCC Methods

    Method188 Colorfastness to Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach in Home Laundering Available from American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. http://www.aatcc.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.30 (Textile fabrics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 60105800(Clothing and textile design instructional materials)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3938-13

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