Fabric selection is a creatives dream but its resilience to wear and tear can vary.
As a consequence of using Upholstery Fabrics on a daily basis the real difference between fabrics becomes more apparent.
In other words not all fabrics are the same even if they look alike.
A cheap copy of any fabric may be cost effective in the short term however is sure to fail prematurely costing more in the long term.
Therefore we have a test. The Martindale Rub Test. This is a globally recognised test designed to simulate normal fabric wear and tear.
Here is some information to explain the various levels.
FLAT WOVEN/ KNITTED UPHOLSTERY
– Test method: Martindale AS 2001.2.25 (12 KPa pressure)
– Rating: 20 000 cycles (min).
PILE UPHOLSTERY FABRICS:
– Test method: Stoll AS 2687 -1997, Appendix ‘A’
– Rating: 1500 cycles (min).
Heavy Duty Commercial Use
FLAT WOVEN/ KNITTED UPHOLSTERY- Test method: Martindale AS 2001.2.25 (12 KPa pressure)
– Rating: 40 000 cycles (min).
PILE UPHOLSTERY FABRICS:- Test method: Stoll AS 2687 -1997, Appendix ‘A’
– Rating: 2500 cycles (min).
Nationally certified fire rating index.
– The ease of combustion index
– Spread of Flame Index
– Heat Evolved Index
– Smoke Developed Index
As a result certain applications require these specifications- Minesite Furniture, Oil Rigs, Defence Furniture.
International Maritime Organization have some of the highest standards for use in extreme environments.