Abrasion Resistance open The professional’s definition of abrasion resistance is the ability of a material to withstand mechanical action such as scratching or rubbing. Having an abrasion resistant material means it will simply last and look better for longer. A Dartex fabric may be bumped, scraped, and scratched so we can add some tougher polymers turning a delicate textile into a tough cookie. We test our fabrics for abrasion using the British Standard BS EN ISO 5470-2 also known as the Martindale Abrasion test. Here samples are fixed and rubbed with an abradant in a cycle. We don’t stop there we further test for water penetration resistance.