Color Fastness To Rubbing | Textile Sample’s Color Measurement

September 12, 2010|Posted in: Basics, Finishing

In previous post I talked about Color Fastness to Wash. besides measuring the Color Fastness to Wash it’s mandatory to measure the Color Fastness to Rubbing. Here, just know about the whole process of color fastness to rubbing phenomenon.


This test is designed to determine the degree of color which may be transferred from the surface of a colored fabric to a specify test cloth for rubbing (which could be dry and Wet).

Equipment that needed for measurement:

  1. Crock Meter. 2.  Cotton Rubbing Cotton. 3. Grey Scale 4. Stop Watch 5. Color Matching Cabinet.

Size of Fabric:

You will need to have 14 Cm * 5 Cm pieces of textile fabric sample (one warp direction/wale direction and other weft/course direction).

Test Procedure of Color Fastness To Rubbing:

a)      Lock the test specimen (textile sample) onto the base of the crock meter.

b)      Using the spinal clip, set 5 Cm * 5Cm of the white cotton fabric to the finger of the crock meter.

c)      Lower the covered finger on the test sample.

d)      Turn hand crank at the rate of the one turn per second.

e)      Remove the white rubbing test cloth and e valuate with grey scale.


In this stage compare the contrast between the treated and untreated white rubbing cloth with grey scale and rated 1 to 5.

This article is written by Sharmin Rabeya. She is a Textile & Fashion enthusiast from Chittagong, Bangladesh & owner of this Blog. Please share this article in Facebook, Twitter & Google+ & support her to keep writing. Find her at Google + ! Thank You :)

1 Comment

  1. catherine Nasser
    April 11, 2012

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    I wonder how to improve colourfastness to rubbing in wet for polyester fabrics and cotton . It’s difficult to meet level 3 but not possible. Could I have some suggestions.
    Thank you

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