ASTM-D4852 Standard Practice for Evaluation of Attached Upholstery Fabrics

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Standard Practice for Evaluation of Attached Upholstery Fabrics



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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 D3597 and D3690.

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.

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.


furniture; upholstery ;; ICS Number Code 97.140 (Furniture)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

07.02 (Textiles (II): D4393 - latest)

To find similar documents by classification:

59.080.30 (Textile fabrics Including nonwovens, felts, lace, etc.)

97.140 (Furniture Including upholstery, mattresses, office furniture, school furniture, etc.)

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