Martindale Rub Test

What is the Martindale Rub Test?

The Martindale rub test is an internationally recognised test that measures the durability of a fabric before the appearance starts to change. The higher the score, the higher the durability of the fabric, making this a crucial test for upholstery.

Here is a breakdown of what these numbers actually mean…
10,000 rubs or less:

Decorative use only – curtains, blinds, cushions and accents
(not suitable for domestic furniture upholstery)

 10,000 to 15,000 rubs:
Light domestic use – Occasional Furniture

15,000 to 20,000 rubs:
Medium domestic use – Everyday Furniture

25,000 to 30,000 rubs:
High domestic use – Heavy Duty Furniture

30,000 + rubs:
Commercial use – Heavy Duty for Furniture in commercial environments