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Significance and Use
4.1 This practice may be used to evaluate pertinent performance characteristics of attached upholstery fabrics.
4.2 Loose cushions or pillows considered an inherent part of the total upholstered furniture unit are to be evaluated using this practice.
4.3 This practice is not intended for use with outdoor furniture nor with slipcovers or throws.
4.4 Evaluation is to be done both before and after the refurbishing procedures, as directed in voluntary care labeling instructions or as agreed upon between purchaser and supplier.
4.5 The specified cleaning and maintenance procedures herein discussed do not reflect professional care designed to enhance the performance of furniture coverings, such as the application of soil and stain protectants. Reflected in this practice are the minimum capabilities of current cleaning methods used in accordance with any voluntary care labeling instructions accompanying the furniture.
4.6 The characteristics to be evaluated and the acceptance criteria assigned to these areas shall be set by mutual agreement between purchaser and supplier.
4.7 The significance and use of specific properties are discussed in the appropriate test methods and performance standards.
1.1 This practice is to be used to evaluate specific characteristics of importance in the performance of upholstery fabric attached to a furniture unit, including woven, knitted, tufted, flocked, or vinyl fabrics.
1.2 It is understood that the fabric used to construct the upholstered furniture unit should be evaluated initially using appropriate fabric performance standards, such as Specifications and .
1.3 Loose cushions or pillows considered an inherent part of the total furniture unit are to be evaluated using this practice.
1.4 This practice is not to be used to evaluate slipcovers or throws used as furniture coverings. Outdoor furniture coverings are not to be evaluated using this practice.
1.5 This practice shall not be construed to be a standard of performance but only as a standard practice for evaluation of attached upholstery fabrics.
1.6 This practice may be used by mutual agreement between purchaser and supplier to establish purchasing specifications.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
Other DocumentsKnit Upholstery Fabric Standards and Guidelines Issued in 1982 by the Joint-Industry Fabric Standards Committee, sponsored by National Association of Furniture Manufacturers, California Furniture Manufacturers Association, Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association, Southwest Furniture Manufacturers Association, and Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids. Available from American Furniture Manufacturers Association, P.O. Box HP-7, High Point, NC 27261. Woven Upholstery Fabric Standards and Guidelines Reissued in 1986 by the Joint-Industry Fabric Standards Committee including American Furniture Manufacturers Association, California Furniture Manufacturers Association, Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids, Association of Western Furniture Suppliers, and Home Furnishings Manufacturers Association. Available from American Furniture Manufacturers Association, P.O. Box HP-7, High Point, NC 27261.
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D3597 Performance Specification for Woven Upholstery Fabrics--Plain, Tufted, or Flocked
D3690 Performance Specification for Vinyl-Coated and Urethane-Coated Upholstery FabricsIndoor
D4771 Performance Specification for Knitted Upholstery Fabrics for Indoor Furniture
D7023 Terminology Relating to Home Furnishings
AATCC MethodAATCC Evaluation Procedure 1—Gray Scale for Color Change Available from American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, http://www.aatcc.org.
ICS Number Code 97.140 (Furniture)
UNSPSC Code 11162113(Upholstery fabrics)
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ASTM D4852-18, Standard Practice for Evaluation of Attached Upholstery Fabrics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.orgBack to Top