Laboratory procedures for laundering clothing in home laundering have been developed, maintained and used by AATCC for years . For example, AATCC 135. Some years ago a laboratory method for industrial laundering was also developed by AATCC, 7M96(, but this method fell into disuse because of a lack of interest and a multiplicity of procedures used in the real world by industrial launderers. Recently ( in the last few years) procedures for personal protective equipment and clothing, such as NFPA 2112 have been developed that describe a laboratory wash procedure for certification of the durability of the flame resistance characteristics. The published procedure was drawn from a somewhat archaic source of a military wash procedure and with regard to some details is seriously out of date.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.