About fabric

At Flexlux we wish to offer a wide range of fabric. That is why we have around 80 beautiful and colours fabrics to choose from. Our experienced design team have for years created a range of beautiful fabrics that will work perfectly with our collection of sofas, design chairs and relax chairs. 

OEKO-TEX® fabrics
All our colourful textile fabrics carries the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 label. Which means you can be certain that every component of our products, have been tested for harmful substances and therefore safe for human health.

OEKO-TEX® is a European standard for fabrics that ensures no dangerous chemicals have been used in the creation of the fabric. All our fabrics are high quality and meets the minimum requirement for colour fastness to light, meaning that the colours are long lasting if the fabric is treated correctly. 

We always strive to find the best quality fabrics at a reasonable price. Our fabrics are divided into four different price groups, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Price group 1 is the most affordable price group and 4 is the most expensive. 

Testing methods
We state four different values on all our hangers and fabric books for the customer to find their best fit. It is possible to see the composition, abrasion / martindale, colour fastness to light and pilling. All fabrics are tested internally and externally to ensure the best quality. Knowing the different values makes it easier to choose the best fabric. 

Martindale is a test made to verify the sustainability of the yarns in the fabric. The chosen fabric is covered on a small disc and then pressed with a certain weight against another type of standard fabric. These two are rubbed against each other until there are two threads broken or a clear visible change in the fabric that is tested. When the change happens the Martindale machine gives a value of how many rubs it took before the test stopped. To be qualified as an upholstery fabric you need to reach 15.000 rubs.

The pilling test is made almost like the Martindale test, the difference is that the chosen fabric is rubbed against itself and not against another standard fabric. The machine is then set to rub either 3000 or 5000 rubs before it is stopped. When the machine stops, the fabric is evaluated by a person at the lab and compared to standard pictures to evaluate how much pilling there are. The scale goes from 1-5, where 1 is very much pilling and 5 means no change when the test is done.

Colour fastness to light
In the colour fastness to light test the chosen fabric is put into a machine that is set to expose the fabric to a certain type of light for a certain amount of time. The fabric is then evaluated against a blue scale of fabrics that has been exposed at the same time as your fabric. The blue scale will come out with 8 different looks where number one has been bleached and number 8 has not changed at all. With indoor upholstery fabrics, the values are usually from 4-6. The best values, 7 and 8 are almost only set on fabrics used for outdoor use.

To keep the nice look of your fabric furniture, we recommend to vacuum the furniture regularly using the upholstery nozzle to remove dust and avoid fluff and pilling. Remember to vacuum clean on the lowest suction level in the direction of the nap, if the suction level too high it can lead to fibres working their way out of the internal upholstery. 

Read our Textile Care Guide for more information here: Textile Care Guide