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Physical Leather Testing

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Eurofins | BLC’s range of physical leather testing includes tests to establish leather performance and quality for a range of applications:

BS EN ISO 2589:2016 - Thickness
BS EN ISO 17186:2011 - Finish thickness (thickness of surface coatings)
BS EN ISO 17235:2015 - Softness
BS EN ISO 2420:2017 - Density
BS EN ISO 5402-1:2011 - Flex resistance by flexometer method (Bally flex)
BS EN ISO 5402-2:2015 - Determination of flex resistance by the vamp flex method
BS EN ISO 4684:2005 - Determination of volatile matter (moisture)
ASTM D6116-00 - Standard Test Method for Blocking
BS EN ISO 4045:2008 - Determination of pH value and difference figure of an aqueous extract

Water Spotting (Water Staining), Water Fastness & Perspiration Testing
Eurofins | BLC can test a finished product or sample to measure the resistance to water spotting on the leather:
BS EN ISO 105-E07:2010 & BS EN ISO 15700:1999 - Spotting: water (water spotting)
BS EN ISO 11642:2012 - Water (water fastness)
BS EN ISO 105-E04:2013 & BS EN ISO 11641:2012 - Perspiration

Leather Finish Adhesion Testing (Wet & Dry)
Eurofins | BLC can test the adhesive properties of various finishes for leather, PU, PVC and other synthetic alternatives:
BS EN ISO 11644:2009 - Finish adhesion

Leather Tear Strength Testing
Eurofins | BLC offer a variety of leather tear strength tests for multiple end uses:
BS EN ISO 3376:2011 - Tensile strength and percentage extension
BS EN ISO 3377-1:2011 - Tear load – single edge tear
BS EN ISO 3377-2: 2016 - Tear load – double edge tear – Baumann

Light Fastness*, Colour Fastness & Colour Migration Testing
Eurofins | BLC provides a range of lightfastness, colour fastness and migration tests for leather, textile and synthetic alternatives. Eurofins | BLC tests can determine the resistance of fading, bleeding, running of dyes or pigments, and colour migration:
BS EN ISO 105-B02:2014 - Light (light fastness)
BS EN ISO 15701: 2015 - Staining of PVC (PVC migration)

Rub Fastness Testing
Eurofins | BLC rub fastness testing measures the resistance of colours in leather to loss under rubbing:
BS EN ISO 17700:2005 Part A & B - Colour fastness to rubbing (rub fastness)

Cold Crack Testing of the Leather Finish
Finish cracking can be a common leather problem which can be caused by specific environmental conditions, therefore Eurofins | BLC recommends that leathers are tested for their resistance to cracking:
BS EN ISO 17233:2017 - Crack cold resistance

Leather Dry-Cleaning & Wash Fastness Tests
Where leathergoods need to be dry cleaned or washed on a domestic or commercial scale, Eurofins | BLC can test their ability to resist fatigue, fading and failure.
Specialist dry cleaning testing services available
BS EN ISO 105-C06:2010 - Colour fastness to domestic and commercial laundering (colour fastness to washing)

Abrasion Resistance Testing (Including Taber Method)
Eurofins | BLC can test a range of leather types (including PU and synthetic alternatives) for their resistance to abrasion:
Taber Method
BS EN 13520:2002+A1:2004 - Abrasion resistance (Martindale)