Below you will find an explanation of the product information given on the De Ploeg's swatches.
The number of colours
Composition (see the international abbreviations)
Width of the fabric
Height of the fabric (floor to ceiling)
Shrinkage after washing/dry cleaning (follow the cleaning recommendations)
Discolouration caused by sunlight.
The extent of discolouration is expressed in terms of a number between 1 and 8 on the blue scale, where 1 is the lowest discolouration and 8 is the highest discolouration.
A lightfastness value of 6 means in practice that the fabric will show slight discolouration after approximately two years (provided that it is not exposed to direct sunlight).
De Ploeg has a lightfastness value of 5 as standard and strive to achieve a lightfastness value of 6.
Weight in grams per linear metre.
Pilling is where protruding fibres get twisted into small balls on the surface.
Resistance to abrasion
De Ploeg tests upholstery fabric for its sensitivity to the stitching coming open.
In general, it can be said that a fabric where the yard threads can slip a maximum of 6 mm from each other does not give a problem. If the seam slippage is less, then it is recommended to pay extra attention when upholstering by using double stitches and serging the edges.
De Ploeg fabrics are tested to see whether they are flame-retardant according to the standards applicable in various countries:
|BS 5867 (Great Britain), |
DIN 4102 (Germany),
NF 92 507 (France),
ISO 6940/6941 (International test)