The top three questions to ask when assessing fabric quality .
1) How durable is it?
In the fabric industry, durability is measured via rub count testing.
The 'Martindale test' sees a fabric sample rubbed repeatedly in a machine with a small disc of wire in a figure-of-eight motion.
Assessments are made at regular intervals to ascertain the fabric's ability to resist abrasion and a score is assigned. The higher the rub count of your chosen fabric, the more durable it will be.
2) Will it stand up to frequent washing?
Water testing is a vital part of a manufacturer's quality assessments to ensure that a fabric won't shrink or change colour after washing..
In these tests, textile engineers measure the fabric sample in both the warp and weft directions to record the initial dimensions.
The fabric then washed and measured again to determine whether or not it has changed. If a fabric is proven to be able to withstand washing at high temperatures it makes it better suited to healthcare and hospitality settings where it is vital to kill germs and remove allergens.
3) How light-fast is it?
Ultraviolet testing puts fabrics through their paces by exposing them to the equivalent of three months' continuous sunlight..
Any colour changes are then assessed and graded on a scale from 1 to 8. The higher the rating, the better the fabric will withstand the damaging effects of sunlight..
It is particularly important to use a fabric with a high UV rating if it is going to be regularly exposed to sunlight, because UV rays can damage the structure of a fabric as well as affecting its colour..
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