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IKW Recommendation for the Quality Assessment of the Product Performance of Degreasing Power Cleaners (2017)
Degreasing Power Cleaners are preparations consisting of various surfactant mixtures, water soluble sovents and complexing agents.They also contain additives such as perfumes and colourants as well as preservation auxiliaries. Formulations are available as standard products and/or concentrates.
IKW Recommendation for the Quality Assessment of Compatibility of Shoe Uppers with Care Products (2022)
Finishing agents based on aqueous formulations are increasingly used in leather and shoe production, often with a view to creating optical effects. This means that the colours of shoe uppers and finishing agents are intentionally quite different from each other. Darker finishing agents are frequently applied to naturally light leathers.
IKW Recommendation for the Quality Assessment of Paint Care Products for Motor Vehicles
Paint care products for motor vehicles are applied on larger, painted body components and can be classified in respect of their polishing, paint conditioning and cleaning properties. Paint cleaners for motor vehicles are used for older already matt or scratched, pre-cleaned paint surfaces.
IKW Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of the Product Performance of Oven Cleaners
Oven cleaners are alkaline products to remove persistent types of soiling and incrustations in ovens.
IKW Fact Sheet: Safe use of boric acid and borates in liquid detergents
In liquid detergents boric acids and/or borates, the salts of boric acid, are used for the stabilisation of enzymes. Enzymes permit in modern detergents an effective stain removal already at low temperatures so that energy is saved to a high extent.
IKW/IHO Cleaning recommendation for Sanitary Fittings
Modern sanitary fittings are made of highly diverse materials. This Cleaning Recommendation
Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of Floor Shine Emulsions (2000)
IKW Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of Bathroom Cleaners
Bathroom cleaners for households are liquid products for the cleaning of surfaces made of ceramic materials, porcelain, glass, enamel, plastics or metal.
Joint Press Release of PFI and IKW: Compatibility of Shoe Uppers with Care Products (2014)
The lifecycle of a T-shirt – an eco assessment
The study „The lifecycle of a T-shirt – an eco assessment” by the Technical University Berlin describes the possible environmental impacts of the lifecycle of a white T-shirt’s – ranging from cotton cultivation and T-shirt manufacture to 44 x washing & drying and disposal ...
Measures to Ensure Compliance with the Limit Value for Phosphorus in Automatic Dishwasher Detergents
As of 1 January 2017, the Amendment (EU) No. 259/2012 for Annex VIa of the Detergents Regulation (EU) No. 648/2004 goes into effect.
IKW Recommendation for the Quality Assessment of the Cleaning Performance of Hand Dishwashing Detergents
Recommendation elaborated in an IKW Working Group by Colgate-Palmolive GmbH, Dalli Werke Wäsche- und Körperpflege GmbH & Co. KG, fit GmbH, Henkel KGaA, Luhns GmbH, Reckitt Benckiser plc., Werner & Mertz GmbH in cooperation with testing institutes
Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of the Cleaning Performance of Dishwasher Detergents (Part B, Update 2015)
The "Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of the Cleaning Performance of Dishwasher Detergents
IKW Recommendation for the Safety Assessment of Detergents, Cleaning and Maintenance Products
The Recommendation for the Safety Assessment of Detergents, Cleaning and Maintenance
Safety Assessment of Cleaning and Maintenance Products, which contain Nanomaterials and/or Form Nano-Layers
This publication highlights essential elements of a safety assessment of cleaning and maintenance
Exampel Safety Assessment of an All-Purpose Cleaner
The Recommendation for the Safety Assessment of Detergents, Cleaning
IKW Recommendation for the Quality Assessment of the Product Performance of All-Purpose Cleaners (2014)
Contact allergies and irritations – do detergents and cleaning products play a role?
Recommendations "Cement-based joints in bathrooms”"
IKW Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of Winter Windscreen Cleaners (2005)
IKW Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of the cleaning performance of Glass Ceramic Cooking Fields (2004)
Recommendations for the Quality assessment of Leather Care Products (2002)
These Recommendations for the Quality Assessment of Leather Care Products are for