QUESTION OF THE DAY: What Are Double Rubs and the Wyzenbeek Test?
What are double rubs? This statistic with a funny name actually says a lot about the strength of a fabric. Double rubs are a measurement of a fabric’s abrasion resistance. They are listed with most fabrics and are helpful in determining which fabric is right for your particular application.
Double rubs are found through a mechanized test called the Wyzenbeek Test (sometimes called the Wyzenbeek Method). The Wyzenbeek Test is regarded as the standard of measuring abrasion resistance for fabric in North America. A piece of cotton duck is stretched over a mechanical arm and passed back and forth over the test fabric in each direction. Each back and forth motion is one double rub. The cotton duck passing over the fabric simulates the wear of a fabric being used as a seat cushion. Example, a standard residential sofa has about 10,000 double rubs rating, and commercial sofas start at about 30,000 double rubs. ModernLineFurniture's upholsteries are designed for heavy-duty commercial use - with a minimum rating of 100,000+ double rubs. We take the resilience of our upholsteries seriously to ensure our customers are getting the best product in the industry.
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