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Fabric 101 – what to know, when you don’t know

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Imagine … you’re meeting with the building committee to finalize a fabric selection for your new worship seating. You have fabric cards and samples. Everyone one on the team wants to make sure the fabric enhances the interior, matches the carpet, is soft to the touch and most of all – durable. How do you know if the fabric will last through the lifetime of the new seating? Is there  fabric durability standards that your should understand ?

The fabric mills developed a fabric abrasion resistance test to provide  high-level assurance that the fabric will last through the lifetime of the seating.  This test is called the Wyzenbeek Test, also known as a double rub test. The double rub test measures the durability of the fabric by counting the number of double rubs a given fabric can withstand before the fabric begins showing wear. Cotton duck is stretched across a mechanical arm. It passes back and forth over the fabric being tested equaling one double rub. Check out this video to see the Wyzenbeek test in action. Every fabric offered by Sauder Worship Seating is contract grade fabric, meaning every pattern meets or exceeds 15,000 double rubs. What’s interesting is that “higher double rub numbers do not necessarily indicate a significant extension of the fabric’s service lift. “In fact, Wyzenbeek results above 100,000 double rubs have not been shown to be an indicator of increased fabric lifespan,” ACT (Association of Contract Textiles). Fabric failures are more likely to result from physical abuse, inappropriate cleaning, lack of maintenance and inappropriate application. If you are interested in learning more about proper cleaning methods check out these video’s.

Did you know Boeing requires all fabrics used on their airplane seating meets 22,500 double rubs? Visit our fabric page to explore which fabrics will best suit your worship space. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about fabric abrasion, and how it can impact the longevity and durability of your new worship seating, contact your Sales Representative today.

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This post was written by Amanda Opdycke