Sam's Club Protocol For Upholstery Fabric

- May 02, 2018 -

Sam’s Club Protocol for Upholstery Fabric 

Lead In surface coatings  

[applicable on all textile and accessories with surface coating, including prints and decals] 

 Shall not exceed 600 ppm (0.06% by weight) total lead. Modification = Expanded scope to other products 


Formaldehyde release 

[only if spot test positive] 

 150 ppm maximum  (Suggested for Children and Infant) 


Breaking strength of textile fabrics: Grab test 

[fabric strength] [length and width]  

Minimum 50 lbs / in.  


Resistance to slippage of yarns 

[length and width] 

 Minimum 30 lbs @ 1/4 in. Slippage 


Tearing Strength: Elmendorf Apparatus 

[length and width] [for most fabrics except leather] 

 6.0 lbs (Minimum)   


Tearing strength: tongue tear of leather 

[For Leather] [Length] 

 Minimum 1.5 Lbs 


Tearing strength: tongue tear of leather 

[For Leather] [Width] 

 Minimum 1.5 Lbs


Pilling resistance: elastomeric pad [not applicable to vinyl items]Minimum Class 3.0 @ 300 Rubs 


Abrasion resistance of fabric: Rotary platform, double-head method 

Abradant: H18, head wt: 500g 200 cycles for leather, corduroy and vinyl only 300 cycles for other fabrics Must have less than 10% weight loss


Abrasion resistance of fabric - flexing and abrasion method 

[length and width - face - upholstery fabric only]  Minimum 150 cycles   


Abrasion resistance of fabric - flexing and abrasion method

[length and width - back - upholstery fabric only]  Minimum 50 cycles 


Effects of cleaning - solvent or water - surface appearance 

Class 3.0 (Minimum)  


Effects of cleaning - solvent or water - shade retention 

Class 4.0 (Minimum)  


Effects of cleaning - solvent or water - shrinkage performance 

5% (Maximum)  


Fabric strength 

[Tests for lining (compartment / pocket / storage) only] [Lining needs not be tested to other sections of this protocol] 

Minimum 20 lbs / in. - both length and width directions. 


*Oil repellency 

[OPTIONAL TEST] [BY REQUEST ONLY] [if claimed or on specifications only] 

 Minimum No. 4 oil  


Aqueous liquid repellency 

[OPTIONAL TEST] [BY REQUEST ONLY] [Water repellency] [if claimed or on specifications only] 

 Minimum Grade 5 


Failure in sewn seams: Woven Apparel 

[Tests for lining (compartment / pocket / storage) only] [Lining needs not be tested to other sections of this protocol] [Seam strength] 

 Minimum 20 lbs.   


Failure in sewn seams: Woven Apparel 

[seam strength] 

 Minimum 30 lbs 


Colorfastness to light 

Class 4.0 minimum @ 20 hours 


Colorfastness to crocking 

[Tests for lining (compartment / pocket / storage) only] [Lining needs not be tested to other sections of this protocol] [Dry] 

 Class 4.0 minimum 


[Wet] 

 Class 3.0 minimum 


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