ASTM-D5432 Standard Performance Specification for Blanket Products for Institutional and Household Use

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Standard Performance Specification for Blanket Products for Institutional and Household Use




1.1 This specification covers the evaluation of specific performance characteristics of importance in thermal woven, conventional woven, flocked, nonwoven, and knitted blanket products for use in institutional and household environments.

1.2 This specification may be used by mutual agreement between the purchaser and the 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 does not include requirements for electric blankets. Electric blankets are specified under UL 964 requirements dictated by the Underwriter's Laboratories.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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

Breaking Force (CRT. . .89 N (20 lbf) min7.1.1
each direction
Bursting force,345 kpa (50 psi) min7.1.2
(ball burst)A
Dimensional change:
After 5 launderings 7.2.1
each direction
Wool (50 % or more)6.0 max6.0 max
Cotton5.0 max5.0 max
All others3.5 max3.5 max
After 3 drycleanings 7.2.3
each direction
All fabrics3.5 max3.5 max
Laundering: 7.3.1
Shade ChangeGrade 4C minGrade 4C min
StainingGrade 3D minGrade 3D min
Drycleaning 7.3.2
Shade ChangeGrade 4C minGrade 4 C min
DryGrade 4E minGrade 4E min
WetGrade 3E minGrade 3E min
Light (20 AATCCStep 4C minStep 4C min7.3.4
AFU, xenon-arcA)
FlammabilityClass IClass I7.4

A There is more than one standard method that can be used to measure breaking force, bursting force, and lightfastness. These methods cannot be used interchangeably since there may be no overall correlation between them (see Notes 2-5, and 8).

B Grade for color change and color transfer 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. The numerical rating in Table 1 or higher is acceptable.

C AATCC Gray Scale for Color Change.

D AATCC Gray Scale for Staining.

E AATCC 9-Step Chromatic Transference Scale.

F As agreed upon between the purchaser and the supplier.


ICS Number Code 97.160 (Home textiles. Linen)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

07.02 (Textiles (II): D4393 - latest)

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97.160 (Home textiles. Linen Including duvets, blankets, bedding Electric blankets, see 97.030)

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March 31, 2012

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