So when you are tasked with purchasing furniture for your facility what exactly do you need to know about fabrics?
Upholstery fabrics use a laboratory process called the Wyzenbeek Double Rub test. The Wyzenbeek test uses an oscillating mechanism covered with an abradant that repeatedly rubs against the fabric to determine its overall strength and resilience. The results are tabulated in a number of double rubs that the fabric resisted before fiber breakage. Sounds a little complicated but the scoring system basically breaks down as follows for contract grade fabrics:
By comparison to residential or retail fabrics, the double rub numbers are big. Fabrics for residential use typically hover in the 3,000 – 9,000 double rub range so 15,000 double rub minimums nets an upholstery fabric that is substantially different than what you see in a typical living room. These high double rub fabrics will feel stiffer and offer less comfort but will survive hard use.
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