Washing efficiency and fabric damage by beating and rubbing movements in comparison with a front-loading washer

Changsang Yun, Yoonkyung Cho, Chung Hee Park

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate washing performance by beating and rubbing movements that simulate traditional washing methods. By comparing washing performance between these washing methods and a front-loading washer, we examined the potential of the new washing technique and proposed an efficient washing system. In this study, the new rubbing movement, that mimics a washboard, shows low fabric damage with high washing efficiency. The rubbing movement provides high mechanical force, which allowed easy transfer between soil and the detergent solution on the fabric surface. Thus, efficient washing can be accomplished by rubbing movements which minimize fabric damage and achieve high washing efficiency. A beating movement that copies a laundry bat gave the lowest damage and washing performance, so may be used for delicate textiles. In addition, location changes through flexing enhanced washing efficiency and showed better performance than strong force in a fixed location.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-714
Number of pages7
JournalTextile Research Journal
Volume87
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • fabric beating
  • fabric damage
  • fabric rubbing
  • flexing
  • washing efficiency

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