New Towel Standard in China

China’s Standardization Administration has put into effect its new,
updated national product standard for towels –
GB/T 22864-2020.

The standard applies to all kinds of woven
towel products made from textile fibers, but does not include:

  • Microfiber towels
  • Single-use towels

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The main technical contents of the standard are:

  • General safety technical requirements shall
    conform to GB 18401 and GB 31701
    (products for infant and children)
  • Internal quality includes weight deviation
    ratio, breaking force, water absorbency, ratio of fiber
    falls off, fiber content tolerance and color fastness (washing, rubbing and
    chlorine bleaching) and water extraction material (detailed in Table 1 of the
  • Appearance quality includes size deviation
    ratio, defects, sewing quality and press quality (detailed in Table 2)

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The updated version, which replaces GB/T
22864-2009, includes several changes.

Additions include:

  1. Requirement to conform to
    GB 31701 for infants and children towels
  2. Requirement for superior
    grade water extraction material
  3. Do not test breaking force
    for small size products
  4. Appearance requirement for the
    thread ends on the four edge seams
  5. Test method for water
    extraction material

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Revisions have also been made to the:

  1. Applicable scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Technical requirements for
    appearance quality
  4. Test method for weight
    deviation ratio
  5. Sampling position for water
  6. Test method for fiber
  7. Instruction for use
  8. Appendix A (2009 edition)
    are adjusted to informative appendix

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The new national standard came into effect on September 1, 2020.

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