All answers to questions about Martindale

The colour of your new fabric, the overall appearance of your furniture, and the combination with the rest of your interior? If you’re going to choose a new fabric for your dining chair or sofa, many such factors are important..

But have you also thought about the strength of your fabric, i.e. the load that your fabric must be able to withstand to keep up? The Martindale score is a handy scale that shows how strong a certain substance is. In this blog we’ll tell you all about it!

Martindale score | Table du Sud
Martindale score | Table du Sud
Martindale score | Table du Sud

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What is the Martindale score?

To describe the Martindale score, we often come across terms such as abrasion, wear, and deterioration tests. In other words, it looks at how quickly a fabric wears out. Basically, this score indicates the strength of your fabric. Especially in the case of playing children and pets, fabric substances have to withstand a lot. That’s when it’s smart to check the Martindale score of your favourite fabric. Ensure that you won’t be faced with any surprises a few months or years down the line!

How is wear tested for the Martindale score?

To measure the durability and wear of fabrics, the textile industry has created this Martindale test. During the test, the fabric is rubbed against a standardised abrasive surface. Over time, the fabric will wear out. The number of rubs or revolutions required to wear the fabric down is the final Martindale score.

What does the Martindale score really mean?

You might read in a flyer, information page, or brochure that a fabric has a Martindale score of 75,000. But what does that really mean? It's nice if you know the scope of the categories. Below, we’ve made the effort to show what the Martindale score of your substance really says.

0 - 6,000 These fabrics aren’t wear-resistant and are best used for decorative furniture.

6,000 - 15,000 → We advise against intensive use of the fabrics in this category. Try to limit the use of sofas and dining chairs with this Martindale score as much as possible.

15,000 - 40,000 → This is actually the norm when you look for seating furniture. Fabrics with this score can be used for daily sitting use. 

40,000 - 75,000 → Another step higher. These substances can be used intensively.

75,000 - 100,000 → These are very strong fabrics that can take a beating. You can tax these substances to the max!

100,000+ → This is the cream of the crop. These are very strong fabrics that can be used in all possible circumstances. Think of furniture at home, but also of intensive use in the catering industry, for example.

What is the Martindale score of the Table du Sud fabrics?

It’s impossible to list the score of all our fabrics for you. There are simply too many options for that. But did you know that we also have our own Table du Sud fabric line of which we know and can share the scores? Take a look at the Table du Sud fabrics page and discover the Martindale scores of our sustainable options. Spoiler: almost all of our fabrics score higher than 75,000, with some even exceeding 100,000! We also advise you to read our blog about Table’s Choice. Would you like to know the Martindale score of another fabric? Please contact us or visit one of our showrooms in Heeze, Utrecht, Rotterdam or Deventer. We have fabric samples in our showrooms so you can feel the fabric.


Do you also give advice about the fabrics and the Martindale scores?

Our specialists are available in our showrooms to help you make choices. In Heeze, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Deventer you’ll find part of our range, meaning you’ll get to see and feel a number of fabrics for yourself! We have carts filled with fabric samples that aren’t on display, so that’s an ideal way to get a good overview of our options. Our experts are happy to help you make the decision and provide additional information. Tip: we also have a material chart with popular fabrics and individual fabric samples. This allows you to see (and feel!) which ones you like from the comfort of your own home.

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