Seating & Positioning 2012 Handbook
Consumer Checklist: Seat Cushion Wear
- Look for rips or tears in the fabric.
- Look for signs of severe wear, including pilling of fabric or change in
fabric color in certain areas of the cover.
- Is one part of side of the cushion lower than the other?
- Look for crumbling or crusty foam.
- Does the foam spring back to its original height when compressed, then
- Check for mold, especially if the cushion is exposed to moisture.
- Does the fluid/gel pack feel flattened?
- Is the fluid or gel able to move freely within its pack?
- Are the seams and cover of the pack still intact? Look for cracks and
- Do the cushion cells return to their original shape when they’re
compressed, then released?
- Are any cells flattened?
- Are seams and air chambers intact? Look for leaks or punctures in air
- Look for “stress lines” across the air chambers, where the material of the
chamber is being stretched too far. Check for lighter-colored areas of the
cells, which could indicate stress lines.
- Check for cracks or other signs of degrading.
This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Mobility Management.