Physical Textile Testing

Specific Test List

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Upholstery

Test Sample Size Performance Time
1. Flammability: California TB 117-2013, Section 1 1 piece: 1 yard x FW 5 - 7 days
2. Crocking (Wet & Dry): AATCC 8 1 piece: 8" x 24" 5 - 7 days
3. Lightfastness, 60 hours: AATCC 16, Option 1 or 3 1 piece: 8" x 8" 7 - 10 days
4. Pilling:
ASTM D 3511 (Brush Pill)
OR
ASTM D 4970 (Martindale)

1 piece: 36" x 36"

1 piece: 36" x 36"

5 - 7 days

5 - 7 days
5. Breaking (Tensile) Strength: ASTM D 5034 1 piece: 12" x 36" 5 - 7 days
6. Seam Slippage: ASTM D 4034 1 piece: 18" x 36" 5 - 7 days
7. Abrasion:
Low Traffic / Private Spaces:
a) ASTM D 3597/D 4157 Modified
(#10 cotton duck)
15,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek Method
1 piece: 18" x 36"
OR
Full Repeat
5 - 7 days
b) ASTM D 4966
(12 KPa weight)
20,000 rubs Martindale Method
1 piece: 18" x 36"
OR
Full Repeat
7 - 10 days
High Traffic / Public Spaces:
c) ASTM D 3597/D 4157 Modified
(#10 cotton duck)
30,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek Method
1 piece: 18" x 36"
OR
Full Repeat
5 - 7 days
d) ASTM D 4966
(12 KPa weight)
40,000 rubs Martindale Method
1 piece: 18" x 36"
OR
Full Repeat
7 - 10 days
Note: To conduct tests 1 through 7, we require 3 yards x full width of fabric.

Draperies & Curtains

Test Sample Size Performance Time
1. Flammability
a ) NFPA 701 - 2010 Test Method 1 1 piece: 1 yard x FW 5 - 7 days
OR
b ) NFPA 701 - 2010 Test Method 2
Flat Specimens
Folded Specimens
1 piece: 3 yards x FW 5 - 7 days
2. Crocking (Wet & Dry): AATCC 8 1 piece: 8" x 24" 5 - 7 days
3. Lightfastness, 60 hours: AATCC 16, Option 1 or 3 1 piece: 8" x 8" 7 - 10 days
4. Seam Slippage: ASTM D 3597/D 434
For fabrics 6 oz/yd2 and over
1 piece: 18" x 36" 5 - 7 days

Wallcoverings

Direct Glue Wallcoverings

Test Sample Size Performance Time
1. Flammability:
a. ) ASTM E 84 (Adhered)
b. ) NFPA 265* or NFPA 286*

1 piece: 4 yards
1 piece: 25 yards

1 - 2 weeks
3 weeks
2. Crocking (Wet & Dry): AATCC 8 1 piece: 8" x 24" 5 - 7 days
3. Lightfastness, 40 hours: AATCC 16, Option 1 or 3 1 piece: 8" x 8" 7 - 10 days

Wrapped Panels and Upholstered Walls

Test Sample Size Performance Time
1. Flammability:
a. ) ASTM E 84 (Adhered)
b. ) NFPA 265* or NFPA 286*

1 piece: 4 yards
1 piece: 25 yards

1 - 2 weeks
3 weeks
2. Crocking (Wet & Dry): AATCC 8 1 piece: 8" x 24" 3 - 5 days
3. Lightfastness, 40 hours: AATCC 16, Option 1 or 3 1 piece: 8" x 8" 7 - 10 days
4. Breaking (Tensile) Strength: ASTM D 5034 1 piece: 12" x 36" 5 - 7 days

* Currently not part of the ACT Guidelines. However, these tests are definitely mandated by the building codes for coverings used in non-sprinklered areas of public occupancies. This test might also apply to panels.

FW = Full width