Fabrics - Frequently Asked Questions
Silver is a highly effective, natural agent. Silver ion technology is already present in everyday products (cell phones, touch screens, textiles, clothing, etc.) and has been proven safe to humans, animals, and plants. Silver ion technology resists and inhibits the growth of microorganisms by forming a protective surface against microbes, pathogens, and bacteria, such as E. coli and Staph. It also suppresses the growth of harmful mold, mildew, and fungus. In helping prevent the growth of stain and odor causing microorganisms, this protection provides stain and odor control. Additionally, tests have shown that on unprotected surfaces, bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes. Mitigating the effects of this rapid escalation, Silver ion technology inhibits bacterial growth by 99.94%, keeping surfaces cleaner, longer.
For the core graded in line any of the vinyls would be resistant to fluid permeation and have more stain resistance than other fabrics.
• Contourett (UR) in Grade 1 has a silver based ion technology finish (See FAQ Above)
• Silvertex Vinyl (SX) Grade 3 has Urethane topcoat
If they are interested in going above our standard grade fabrics, then they should look at the options available to them via CF Stinson, which is available on the HON Surface Materials Site. CF Stinson is high durability, high performance textile solutions made with healthcare applications often in mind.
• Tectonic - Grade 1
• Centurion - Grade 1
• Inertia - Grade 1
Nanotex delivers permanent textile protection from soil and stains, while maintaining breathability and comfort. Nanotex bonds with the fabric, allowing lighter colored and delicate fabrics to repel liquids and stains, while preserving their natural beauty.
There is no difference, they are the same. A double-rub is the ability of fabric to resist surface wear caused by flat rubbing contact with another material. In the Wyzembeek abrasion test, fabrics are rubbed along the warp and weft of the fabric, with one back and forth motion equaling a double rub. The abrasion rating is determined by the number of double rubs made before two yarn breaks occur.
• Light Use: 9,000 double rubs
• Medium Use: 15,000 double rubs
• Heavy use: 30,000 double rubs
• Maximum use: more than 30,000 double rubs
The Signal fabric is extremely durable (exceeds 350,000 double rubs) and is Solution Dyed Nylon which is bleach cleanable.
Crypton is a treatment for textiles used to prevent stain, moisture, mold, mildew, bacteria, and odor-resisting protection. Several of our textiles feature this treatment.
Polyurethane (PU) is a compound fabric made by laminating a cloth fabric to a thin film of polyurethane.
Yes, HON does allow for customer provided fabrics to be used on its chairs, provided it passes a manufacturing feasibility test. Your HON dealer can explain the COM (Customer’s Own Material) process to you in greater detail. To locate a HON dealer in your area please visit our Dealer Locator.
A fabric grade is a designator assigned to a certain fabric pattern which determines the associated pricing upcharge. For The HON Company, seating fabrics are numeric grades and panel fabrics are alpha grades.
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