A general term which refers to treatment of a fabric to add a desired quality. Different types of finishing processes include, but are not limited to: washing, drying, shrink control, needle-punching, napping, shearing, backcoating, and stain repellent finishes. A finish often contributes to a fabric’s ‘feel’ or ‘hand’. It may also contribute such characteristics as bulk or loft (springy feel), and resistance to abrasion or stains. For example, washing a fabric adds softness and loft, whereas backcoating a fabric adds durability.