Khaki Colour Test

The official test for khaki colour fastness of the U.S.A. Army is as follows: - (1) Steeping the cloth for 24 hours in lactic acid of 1.21 sp. gr. (2) Steeping the cloth for 24 hours in a solution of 3 drams of citric acid in two fluid ounces of cold water. (3) Treating the cloth for one hour in 3° Tw. of chloride of lime. (4) Treating the cloth for 10 minutes in commercial muriatic acid H.Ce of about 20°, and then rinsing it. (5) After wetting the cloth in water, dip in a solution of one part of permanganate of potash in 16 times its weight of cold water and then steeping for 10 minutes in a solution of bisulphite of soda in 10 times its weight of cold water. (6) Washing and completely drying the cloth three times with Army oleine soap. (7) Boiling the cloth for 10 minutes in a solution of 80 grains of common laundry soap in a pint of water. The decolouring of the cloth must not be greater after these tests than that shown by the standard samples after similar treatment.

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