A novel algorithm for easy-care laundering of linen fabrics: A cleaner solution to the wrinkling problem during care

Arslan M. H., GOCEK İ., ACIKGOZ H., Şahin U. K., ERDEM I.

TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol.86, no.10, pp.1097-1108, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 86 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0040517515603811
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1097-1108
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study an attempt was made to improve the wrinkling behavior of linen fabrics encountered during washing in washing machines with steam generators was tried to be achieved. To improve the wrinkling behavior of linen fabrics while still maintaining a gentle washing action, different combinations of steaming steps were inserted into the laundering process. Moreover, individual and interactive effects of the spin level, as well as those of heating in rinsing or in softening steps, upon average shrinkage and average smoothness ratings of the laundered linen products were evaluated after performing relevant standard tests. An alternative algorithm was created offering even better performance in terms of smoothness rating with acceptable average shrinkage after laundering, offering an increase in the smoothness rating from 1.40 to as high as 3.63, with a decrease in shrinkage from 5.50% to as low as 3.45% for the levels studied. Heat application was found to have positive and significant effects on the average smoothness rating.