Fabric selection is a creatives dream but because of many factors we can sometimes end up with a low quality imposter.
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 might look the same.
The 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.
I have put some information below to explain some levels of the test.
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.
IMO or International Maritime Organization have some of the highest standards for use in extreme environments.