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Labotex is an ISO accredited independent laboratory in Belgium serving innovators in the soft furnishing decorative fabric industry.
   
This means that any test performed in their laboratories are fully accredited under the ISO standard.
   
Labotex believes that it is only through an in-depth scientific understanding of the performance and behaviour of fabrics that this degree of excellence and quality can be achieved.
   
Whether your market is local, national or international, Labotex will test for you •taking your fabric quality to a higher level.
   
Labotex performs a wide range of mechanical tests (Martindale, Wyzenbeek, etc.) according to the strictest standards laid down by leading international organisations. These include:
  •ISO (International Standard) •   EN (European Standard)
  •BS (British Standard) •IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Standard
  •ASTM (American Standard)
   
 
Both the Martindale (International) and Wyzenbeek (American) tests assess fabric's resistance to abrasion (scuffing, scratching, wearing down, and rubbing away). These two methods are commonly used to predict wear-ability.
   
Actual performance is determined by many factors such as:
 
•Fibre content •Weaves •Finishes •Maintenance
•Cleaning, and •Usage    
   
Durability of an upholstery fabric is a complex interaction (combination) of a number of performance tests that, in addition to abrasion, includes seam slippage, piling, tensile strength, and usage.
   
However, you cannot assume a Wyzenbeek score from a Martindale score or vice versa.
   
For example, with Heavy Duty usage, you might specify 30,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek OR 40,000 cycles Martindale method. You cannot assume that if a fabric scores 30,000 Wyzenbeek, it will definitely score 40,000 Martindale. That would simply be wrong. The Martindale could be higher or lower, you have to test it to know for certain.