Scrap Foam Recycled
One of the best things about the urethane foam industry is that foam can be recycled. Both new foam scraps and used foam cushions can be recycled back to the carpet padding plants and be turned into usable material again. If you bring in your foam scraps and used cushions, Fabric Supply will take care of getting it back to the recyclers.
Mill Run Foam
FSI stocks over 100,000 board feet of off-spec foams (millrun) at all times. These foams are constantly changing and are sold at a fraction of the regular price. Call our customer service representatives for availability and pricing.
Fire Retardanycy Codes (as it relates to foam)
MVSS 302: Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #302…This regulation is an automotive fire specification covering materials being installed into the interior of cars, trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles.
Cal Tech 117: California Technical Bulletin #117…This regulation is a furniture fire specification established by the California State Fire Marshall covering the materials that are being used in the production of furniture that will be sold in the state of California. Many other states require compliance to the regulation in the production and the upholstery of furniture. Your customers should provide you with their requirements as to the necessity of compliance to these, or other regulations.
Glossary of Terms
Density: The density of a piece of foam is basically the weight of the foam. It is determined
by weighing one cubic foot of the foam (a piece that is 12”X12”X12”). Generally, the higher the density, the longer the foam will last and the more it will cost.
I.F.D. (Indent Force Deflection): This is a measurement of firmness. The standard test is to depress a 50-square inch indenter foot into a foam sample that measures 4X15X15. The amount of force that is required to compress the sample from 4” to 3” is known as the I.F.D. or ‘compression’. A foam that requires 40# of pressure is commonly known as a 40# foam.
H.R. (High Resilient) FOAM: A premium cushioning foam that is produced by blending certain ‘polyol’ chemicals. H.R. foams generally have a different (more open) cell structure than do conventional foams. This unique cell structure adds to the longevity and durability of the foam.
High Density Foam: ‘High Density’ is a term usually reserved for a conventional foam product that has a density of 1.8# or more.
Board Foot: The most common unit of measurement used when calculating the size and/or pricing of urethane foam. The board feet involved in any piece of foam is determined by multiplying the length X width X thickness and then dividing it by 144. When you multiply this result X the board foot price it will result in the per-piece price of the cushion.
Fire Retardant: See above.