What Are Double Rubs?

written by Taylor Souder, B.S. in Textile Technology

Double rubs are a way to measure the abrasion resistance and durability of a fabric. One back and forth motion counts as one double rub. This testing method is meant to mimic the “wear and tear” of everyday use. As a general rule of thumb, a fabric’s double rub count is a good testament to the recommended usage and application but make sure to ask about the specific job and make recommendations accordingly.   

Recommended Usages Based on Fabric Types and Double Rubs:

9,000 double rubs and under:

  • Drapery only, including sheers
  • Not ideal for anything other than window treatments

9,0000 to 11,999 double rubs

  • Light-weight multipurpose
  • Ideal for pillows, bedding, and areas that do not see a lot of wear and tear
  • Also suitable for window treatments, roman shades, valences, and tabletop accessories

12,000 to 14,999 rubs

  • Medium-weight multipurpose
  • Suitable for pillows, bedding, and some couches, chairs, or ottomans
  • Also suitable for some window treatments and décor such as bed skirts

15,000+ double rubs

  • Heavy duty multipurpose and upholstery
  • Suitable for furniture in heavy traffic areas, including home and industrial use
  • 30,000+ double rubs reaches commercial grade standards (must still comply with necessary fire codes)

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