ASTM D5378 - 12

    Standard Performance Specification for Woven and Knitted Shower Curtains for Institutional and Household Use

    Active Standard ASTM D5378 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.63

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02


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    Significance and Use

    Upon mutual agreement between the purchaser and the supplier, woven and knitted products intended for this end use should meet all of the requirements listed in Table 1 of this specification.

    It is recognized that for the purposes of fashion or aesthetics the ultimate consumer of articles made from these fabrics may find acceptable products that do not conform to all of the requirements in Table 1. Therefore, one or more of the requirements listed in Table 1 may be modified by mutual agreement between the purchaser and the seller.

    In such cases, any references to the specification shall specify that: this product meets Specification D5378 except for the following characteristic(s).

    Where no prepurchase agreement has been reached between the purchaser and the supplier, and in case of controversy, the requirements listed in Table 1 are intended to be used as a guide only. As noted in 4.2, ultimate consumer demands dictate varying performance parameters for any particular style.

    The significance and uses of particular properties and test methods are discussed in the appropriate sections of the specified test methods.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the evaluation of specific performance characteristics of importance in woven and knitted shower curtains for use in institutional and household environments.

    1.2 This specification may be used by mutual agreement between purchaser and supplier to establish purchasing specification requirements.

    1.3 The requirements in Table 1 apply to the length and width directions for those properties where fabric direction is pertinent.

    1.4 This specification is not applicable for coated, laminated or vinyl product.

    1.5 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.

    TABLE 1 Specification Requirements

    Note—Grade in a, b, and c, is based on a numerical scale of 5 for negligible or no color change or color transfer to 1 for severe color change or color transfer.

    CharacteristicRequirementSection
    Breaking Force (Load) (CRT) 7.1.1
    Dry178 N (40 lbf), minimum
    Wet89 N (20 lbf), minimum
    Bursting Force (Knit Fabrics)178 N (40 lbf), minimum7.1.2
    Dimensional Change (L× W)3.0 % maximum7.1.3
    Skew 4.0 % maximum7.1.4
    Colorfastness:
    Laundering 7.1.5.1
    Shade changeGrade 4A minimum
    StainGrade 3B minimum
    Crocking 7.1.5.2
    DryGrade 4C minimum
    WetGrade 4C minimum
    Light (20 AATCC AFU) (xenon arc)Grade 4A minimum7.1.5.3
    Water Resistance 7.1.6
    Categories based on minimum time for
    1-g weight
    2 ft (600 mm)2 min rain
    3 ft (915 mm)5 min storm
    Appearance RetentionSatisfactory7.2.1

    A AATCC Gray Scale for Color Change.

    B AATCC Gray Scale for Staining.

    C AATCC 9-Step Chromatic Transference Scale.


    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

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D2905 Practice for Statements on Number of Specimens for Textiles

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

    D3786 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textile Fabrics--Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method

    D5034 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)

    D6797 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Fabrics Constant-Rate-of-Extension (CRE) Ball Burst Test

    D7023 Terminology Relating to Home Furnishings

    AATCC Methods

    EvaluationProcedure8 AATCC 9-Step Chromatic Transference Scale


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.160 (Home textiles. Linen)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 52131500(Curtains and draperies)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5378-12

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