Upholstery Fabric Durability

this article is in the beginning stages. To start with, this will just contain links to references to later be used in the article.

ACT: Association for Contract Textiles

Abrasion Resistance: The Full Story A pdf file, will open in a new window

"Defining Abrasion: Abrasion resistance is the ability of a fabric to resist surface wear caused by flat rubbing contact with another fabric. There are two different methods commonly used to test abrasion, referred to as Wyzenbeek and Martindale, described in detail further below."

ACT Voluntary Performance Guidelines: Test Method Descriptions - a pdf file, will open in a new window

"ACT has developed the following voluntary Performance Guidelines to make fabric specification easier. The 5 symbols give architects, designers, and end-users a vast amount of performance information in a succinct visual way. Look for these symbols on ACT member company sampling to assure that the fabrics you specify perform up to contract standards and pass all applicable testing."

AHFA: American Home Furnishings Alliance

Woven & Knit Residential Upholstery Fabric Standards & Guidelines - a pdf file, will open in a new window

"When the Joint Industry Fabric Standards and Guidelines Committee was formed in the mid-70's, it was agreed by all concerned that standards and guidelines were needed for woven and knit upholstery fabrics. In 1979, the Joint Industry Committee completed the original work on woven upholstery fabrics and in 1980 published the results in "Woven Upholstery Fabric Standards" by the Joint Industry Fabric Standards and Guidelines Committee. At that time, a Joint Industry Sub-Committee was formed to accomplish the same with knit upholstery fabrics. That objective was accomplished in 1983. Both the woven and knit standards and guidelines publications have been reviewed and updated since the original publication and were combined into a single publication for user convenience and easy reference."

UFAC United Furniture Action Council

Fabric Classification Test Method 1990

"This test method is intended as the means of establishing the performance level of upholstery cover fabrics in contact with polyurethane foam with respect to cigarette ignition resistance. Fabrics which meet the requirements of this test method may be labeled as UFAC Class I, and may be used directly over conventional polyurethane in the horizontal seating surfaces of upholstered furniture bearing the UFAC hangtag. All other fabrics are UFAC Class II and require an approved barrier between the cover fabric and conventional polyurethane foam in the horizontal seating surfaces."

Manufacturing Solutions Center - a testing laboratory

Need to investigate to see if there is anything useful on their website.


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