Notes on the durability of our fabric and printing method December 13 2014, 0 Comments
At Social Fabric we are proud of the comfort and durability of our fabrics. When considering durability you might have seen that the abrasion rating of our products is quoted in Wyzenbeek double rubs.
What does this mean?
FABRIC DURABILITY CHART
|Light use||6,000 – 9,000||9,000 – 12,000|
|Medium use||9,000 – 15,000||12,000 – 20,000|
|Heavy use||15,000 – 30,000||20,000 – 40,000|
|Extra Heavy use||30,000 +||40,000 +|
Light or Medium use means general domestic use, but we would always recommend a minimum of medium use for domestic upholstery.
Heavy use scenarios might include hotel rooms/suites, single shift corporate offices, conference rooms and dining areas.
Extra Heavy use means situations such as 24 hour transport facilities, theatres, restaurants and 24 hour call centres and multi shift corporate offices.
As you can see from the above, you will have no problem using Social Fabric products in many situations as most of our fabrics currently have a 70,000 Wyzenbeek rating (which is roughly equivalent to 90,000 Martindale).
To add to the inherent durability of the polyester base cloth, we use dye sublimation printing (where the pigments are deposited INTO the fibres of the fabric) rather than surface printing (where the ink is usually deposited ONTO the fabric). This means the longevity of the print is also maximised with the addition that it is colourfast and it does not affect the “hand” of the fabric.
All in all, as close as we can get to bullet proof!