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Test Method: SATRA TM158

Washability of footwear

June 2016 (2018)


This method is intended to assess the colour and dimensional stability of footwear during washing but not the ease of soil removal. The method is applicable to all types of footwear.


The dimensions, colours and distinguishing marks of the shoes are first recorded. The shoes are then subjected to a low temperature machine wash cycle and dried. Changes in the size of the footwear are measured and changes in appearance assessed by reference to an identical shoe which has not been subjected to the washing treatment. Depending on the condition of the shoe after the first wash, it may then be subjected to further washing treatments up to a maximum of six washes with re-assessments being made after each wash. The shoe(s) are washed with a piece of multifibre fabric to assess colour transfer during the first washing first cycle.


EN 20105-A02 – Colour fastness of textiles and leather: Grey scale for assessing
EN 20105–A03 – Colour fastness of textiles and leather: Grey scale of assessing
EN ISO 105-A01 – Textiles. Tests for colour fastness. General principles of testing
EN ISO 6330 – Textiles. Domestic washing and drying procedures for textile testing
ISO 105-F10 – Textiles: Tests for colour fastness – Specification for adjacent fabric: multifibre


First issued April 1992. Revised June 2016, March 2018.


This test method is available to members and non-members.


This price is for a printed copy of the Test Method.

  • Members: £75
  • Non-members: £215



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