Pilling test for textiles

The fabric's tendency to fuzz, lint, and pill is determined with the Martindale method. 

Small fibers that come loose from the surface of a fabric can form fuzzy balls, called pills. This can affect the appearance and durability of the fabric.

During the test, pieces of the sample material are continuously rubbed against each other. These are inspected for the presence of pills at a given number of cycles, and a score of 1-5 is given to represent how prone the fabric is to pilling (the higher the number, the less prone to pilling).

Suitable sample matrices
Woven and knitted fabrics
Required sample quantity
1 m x total width
Typical turnaround time
4 weeks after receiving the samples
Available quality systems
Accredited testing laboratory


Price per sample (Excl. VAT):
86 €

We also charge a 97 € service fee per order.

Large batches of samples are eligible for discounts.

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