- Like wood, leather can fade, stiffen and crack. So, keep it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, and direct sunlight through house windows.
Fabric wearability/strength, known as “double rubs” or abrasion,” is one of the many factors upholsterers and designers must consider when picking out the perfect fabric. The double rub test is performed by placing fabric on a large table, a mechanical arm covered by a piece of cotton duck cloth is then passed back and forth on the fabric. Each back and forth motion is a double rub. The double rubs are counted until the first two strands break.