ACT Standards

All fabrics in the Haworth Surface Collection program are tested to ensure that they meet or exceed applicable industry standards. This is a brief overview of the ACT standards.

The ACT (Association of Contract Textiles) Guidelines

The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) has set independent guidelines for textile performance. Haworth voluntarily indicates that its textiles meet or exceed these guidelines by including the ACT symbol(s) on the back of its fabric swatches.

Fire Retardancy (resistance to burning)
Seating upholstery meets Californian Technical Bulletin 117-2013; vertical surface fabrics meet
ASTM-E-84. Tested on Haworth upholstered panels

Colorfastness to Wet and Dry Crocking (color will not rub off wet or dry fabric to soil clothes, hands or other materials). Seating upholstery meets AATCC8-Dry Crocking, Grade 4 minimum;
vertical surface fabrics meet AATCC8-Dry Crocking, Grade 3 minimum.

Colorfastness to Light (fabric retains its color when exposed to light)
All textiles meet AATCC option 1 or 3 - 2003, Class 4 minimum at 40 hours.

Physical Properties (resistance to pilling, tearing and coming apart at the seams)
Seating upholstery meets:

* Brush pill ASTM D3511, 3-4 minimum
* Breaking strength ASTM D5034-95 50lbs. minimum in warp and fill
* Seam slippage ASTM D3597-02 D434-95 25 lbs. minimum in warp and fill.

Abrasion (resistance to damage from wear and rubbing)

* Heavy-duty specification ASTM 4157-02 modified (#10 cotton duck); 30,000 double rubs
Wyzenbeek method.
* Heavy-duty specification ASTM D4966-98 (21 oz. weight); 40,000 rubs Martindale method.

General Contract Specification

* ASTM D4157-02 modified (#10 cotton duck); 15,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek method.
* General contract upholstery specification ASTM D4966-98 (21 oz. weight); 20,000 rubs
*Martindale method.

Many Haworth fabrics exceed ACT standards; please refer to our website or swatching for specific fabric line results.  Please be aware that vertical/systems fabrics are not tested to the Abrasion standards.

Please note that effective April 1st, 2015, ACT is asking that members who publish Abrasion test results in excess of 100,000 double rubs (including statements of ‘100,000+’ or ‘exceeds 100,000’) must include the following information on any swatching or websites:

Multiple factors affect fabric durability and appearance retention, including end-user application and proper maintenance.  Wyzenbeek results above 100,000 double rubs have not been shown to be a reliable indicator of increased fabric lifespan.

For more information on ACT you can visit their website at: