Concurrent Sessions

Applying the Taguchi Method To Enhance Soil and Stain Removal

  • Young-Ah Kwon (Silla University)
  • Sara J. Kadolph (Iowa State University)
  • Sherry Schofield-Tomschin (Virginia Tech)


Mandated energy savings and changes in detergent formulation and consumer laundry practices push the washing machine industry to understand more completely how various factors affect soil and stain removal. We examined the laundry process from a holistic perspective by integrating important factors. The Taguchi experimental design method weighs all factors equally in assessing the impact of accelerated laundry variables on soil/stain removal. Dependent variable was stain/soil removal; independent variables were stain/soil type, fabric, wash time and temperature, detergent, and agitation. We used AATCC 151 Soil Redeposition: Launder-Ometer Method and evaluated results by calculating the change in specimens' Y-values.

How to Cite:

Kwon, Y. & Kadolph, S. J. & Schofield-Tomschin, S., (1998) “Applying the Taguchi Method To Enhance Soil and Stain Removal”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 1999(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1999