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Disposable Wipes

Disposable wipes are a growing industry with new applications being developed all the time. They are becoming ubiquitous to our daily lives. We clean with them, apply solutions with them and use them to sanitize surfaces. We use them on ourselves, in our homes, in hospitals and in many different industries.

The performance of a wipe, whether wet or dry, depends on many factors, including base sheet composition and structure, as well as the solution or treatment applied. Product specifications are often driven by the customer in terms of key performance characteristics versus brand name products or other third party standards.

Analyzing Disposable Wipes

Both product and process performance can be impacted by the physical characteristics of the base sheet. Identifying and controlling key physical characteristics within acceptable ranges is a key to success.

Problems with solutions or treatments can result in issues such as “off odor” or poor product performance. IPS Testing can help identify and troubleshoot these issues with disposable wipes.

In addition to running industry standard test methods, IPS also develops custom methods to meet specific customer requirements. So whether trying to evaluate a change in materials between lots, vendors or competitors to developing a new product or demonstrating compliance with your customers’ specifications, IPS can help.

For disposable wipes testing, we perform ASTM, ISO and WSP test methods.  We have also have developed several IPS methods for measuring fluid delivery.

Test Methods Applicable to Disposable Wipes

Method TitleMethod Number
Fiber analysis of paper and paperboardTAPPI T 401
Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)ASTM D 5034
Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method)ASTM D 5035
Tearing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure ASTM D 5733
Textiles - Test methods for nonwovens - Part 3: Determination of tensile strength and elongationISO 9073-3
Tissue Paper & Tissue Products - Part 12: Determination of tensile strength of perforated lines - Calculation of perforation efficiencyISO 12625-12
Measuring the Rate of Sorption of Wiping MaterialsWSP 10.2
Test Method for the Evaluation of Oil and Fatty Liquids AbsorptionWSP 10.4
Stiffness of Nonwoven Fabrics Using the Cantilever TestWSP 90.1
Testing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by the Trapezoid ProcedureWSP 100.2
Breaking Force and Elongation of Nonwoven Materials (Strip Method)WSP 110.4
Resistance to Mechanical Penetration (Ball Burst Procedure) of Nonwoven FabricsWSP 110.5
Tearing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf) Apparatus.WSP 100.1
Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf-Type) ApparatusASTM D1424
Impact Resistance of Plastic Film by the Free-Falling DartASTM D1709
Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Rotary Platform, Double-Head Method) (aka: Taber)ASTM D3884
Mass per Unit Area.WSP 130.1
Cup CrushWSP 402.0

For Flushability Testing of wipes, check out our Flushability page.

Don’t see the test method you need or not sure which one is for you? Please call our Customer Service department at 920-749-3040, ext 1.