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Test Method: SATRA TM173

Colour fastness to rubbing - reciprocating method

August 2021


This method is intended to assess the degree of damage (marring) and/or transfer of surface colour from a material during mild dry or wet abrasion. The method is mainly applicable to leather but can be used to assess other materials such as plastics and textiles.


A test specimen is abraded by a dry or wet wool felt pad which is moved linearly backwards and forwards over a defined distance and under a constant contact force. After a defined number of rubs the damage to, and/or transfer of colour from the material is assessed subjectively using a geometric grey scale. Four versions of the test are described in this method:

Dry rub.

Wet rub.

Perspiration rub.

White spirit rub.


ISO 105-A01 – Textiles. Tests for colour fastness. General principles of testing.
ISO 105–A02 - Textiles - Tests for colour fastness. Grey scale for assessing change in colour.
ISO 105–A03 - Textiles. Tests for colour fastness. Grey scale for assessing staining.
SATRA TM1 – Thickness of leather and insole materials.


First issued May 1995. Revised August 2021.


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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