Develop safer, more effective textile cleaning products. We have the right tests for your specific needs.

Detergent tests for maximum quality

Detergent performance tests

When it comes to the quality of detergent and cleaning products, one aspect stands clearly at the forefront: do the substances ensure perfect cleanliness? For decades, Hohenstein has made a significant contribution to ensuring the high quality of detergents and washing agents.

When conducting the tests in our well-equipped household laundry technology facilities, our specialists compare the performance of the products beyond just their cleaning effect. We also investigate your products with regard to other primary and secondary washing effects and other important quality criteria.

Investigation criteria:

  • Stain removal of natural stains
  • Removal of dirt on dirty test fabrics
  • Cleaning effect and/or dirt dispersing capability
  • Loss of firmness and/or chemical damage of the washed item
  • Inorganic and/or organic fabric encrustation
  • Retention of colour tone and/or surface protection
  • Colour transfer prevention in the Linitest device and/or in the washing machine
  • Legibility and clarity of packing information
  • Disinfection effect

The tests are particularly suitable for:

  • Heavy-duty, colour and mild wash detergents (powder, tablets or liquid products)
  • Descaling products (powder, tablets or liquid products)
  • Booster products (e.g. stain salts, pretreatment products)
  • Colour or dirt catcher sheets

Comparative detergent tests for better market transparency

Our investigations are usually conducted as comparative product or detergent tests, in other words, in the form of objective performance comparisons in which we test your detergent with regard to defined characteristics.

We test your product against at least one reference product and, in doing so, we attach great importance to the practical design of the test conditions and use current regulations and standards. The reference product can either be a previous model of your product or a sample from another manufacturer in the sense of benchmarking.

With this objective comparability of the individual products, we achieve the necessary market transparency expected today by consumers, retailers and manufacturers in equal measure.

Malodour tests for detergents

In addition to their cleaning effect, an important performance characteristic of detergents is whether and to what extent undesirable odours such as sweat remain in the textiles after washing. 

With our malodour tests, we are able to assess detergent products such as powders, liquid detergents or gel caps in terms of how much they reduce or completely prevent sweat odour.

We can currently offer you the following test procedure for this purpose:

Sweat odour retention

(wash and wear test with panelists)

Scope:
Evaluation of sweat odour intensity after 5 wash and wear cycles

Odour application:
Garments are worn by test subjects during an application-specific activity.

Assessment:
Sweat odour intensity is evaluated by experienced panellists (consumers) and trained odour testers according to VDI 3882 using an olfactrometric sampling device.

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