A sofa is part of everyday life. People sit, lie and relax on it. Children play on it to their hearts’ content. And this is exactly why the upholstery fabric needs to be resistant. The high quality of textiles is not only apparent in the beautiful materials and innovative designs, but also in their resistance and strength. In light of this, it is important to ask for advice in your specialist store to guarantee that you can enjoy the timeless elegance of your fabrics for a long time to come. After all, good decorative textiles are light-fast, and a first-class upholstering fabric can endure a certain number of abrasive revolutions.
Regular inspections on Zimmer + Rohde products are carried out by our carefully selected suppliers and institutes and include wear resistance tests. Example: lightfastness of decorative materials. Lightfastness refers to the resistibility of colours to natural and artificial sources of light. In order to test lightfastness, the material is exposed to artificial daylight and is then compared with a counter sample of the same colour. Such textile discolouration is, generally speaking, unavoidable. Nevertheless, the degree of discolouration varies. Dark colours generally have a higher lightfastness than light colours. Natural fibres are more susceptible to discolouration than synthetic fibres. Based on these results, we are able to determine which material is particularly suitable for each given use. Example: abrasive resistance of covering materials. The abrasive and wear resistance of a fabric is tested using an abrasion testing instrument, also known as the Martindale abrasion tester. This is used to measure how many revolutions it takes to destroy a maximum of three fabric fibres. The higher the number of revolutions, the more resistant the fabric.We label our furnishing fabrics with corresponding symbols to ensure the immediate identification of the areas in which it can be used.