There are two types of tests to measure the fabric’s resistance level to abrasions and rubbing.
Two comment tests are the Wyzenbeek Vs. Martindale
These tests will determine whether your furniture is suitable for commercial or domestic use.
The number of double rub cycles before there is any noticeable wear.
During the test, the fabric is pulled tightly into a frame. The warp and weft of the fabric are then rubbed against a cotton duck. Each back and forth rub is counted as 1 double rub. The number of double rubs is counted until the fabric shows sign of wear or the yarn breaks.
Furniture going into high traffic areas such as hotel rooms, dining areas, and conference rooms should withstand 30,000+ double rubs Wyzenbeek method.
During the Martindale abrasion test, the fabric is laid on a flat surface and a wool cloth is rubbed against it in a figure 8 shape. Each figure 8 rub is counted as a “cycle.” The number of cycles that the fabric can endure before showing any signs of wear.
Furniture going into high traffic areas such as hotel rooms, dining areas, and conference rooms should withstand 40,000+ cycles.
Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) Guideline
Please click here to view the Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) guideline of the number of rubs acceptable for low and high traffic use:
What is Warp and Weft:
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