Is there a fabric that kills the Coronavirus on contact?
Due to the lack of understanding of the COVID-19 pathogen, there is no sufficient way to definitively determine whether a fabric can inhibit the spread of this virus, nor how long it remains active on a given surface. Anyone that claims otherwise is simply speculating.
What is the difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting?
Cleaning a fabric refers to the ability to remove soil and stains from the surface of the fabric. It requires using soap or detergent and water to remove germs from the surface. It helps to remove germs from the surface, but does not kill them, helping to lower their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting refers to using a recommended chemical to kill any germs on the surface. This method does not necessarily clean a dirty surface, but if done after cleaning can help to further lower the risk of spreading infection. Please note that it is important to clean a surface before disinfecting, as germs and other viruses can hide under other soils.
Should fabrics be treated with antimicrobial treatments?
We do not recommend treating our fabrics with an antimicrobial treatment in order to help in the defense against COVID-19. Antimicrobial treatments do not work against viruses and are not made to stop the spread of infections to humans. For more on this topic, click here to read Carnegie's stance on antimicrobials.
For more information on best practices, please refer to the CDC recommendations on their website.
What is the recommended protocol for protecting the spread of COVID-19 for interior environments?
The most common method to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in interior environments is to disinfect using a diluted bleach solution. Many of our upholstery products have been engineered to be disinfected with a 10% or 20% bleach dilution for the lifespan of the product. There are many other commercial cleaners and disinfectants available that are also suitable. A list of other EPA approved products can be found here.
How do you decipher what the appropriate ratio of bleach solution to use?
When disinfectants, cleaners and/or bleach are permitted they should be used in the proper concentration as recommended. The CDC recommends a minimum of a 10% bleach dilution for proper disinfecting of surfaces.
We recommend a 10:1 solution for our bleach-cleanable wovens; otherwise known as a "10% dilution". This means there is one part chemical in ten parts total. A 10:1 ratio is the same as saying 9 parts water + 1 part bleach = 10 parts total.
For our coated products, we recommend a 5:1 solution, known also as a "20% dilution". Using the same formula as above, this means that there is one part chemical to five parts total. A 5:1 ratio is the same as saying 4 parts water + 1 part bleach = 5 parts total.
How long do you leave a chemical on the surface of a fabric?
It is important to follow the label as disinfectants have varying contact times in order to be best effective, as recommended by each manufacturer.
It is also recommend to follow the rinsing protocol for each product, as harsh chemicals can be damaging to any surface if not used properly.
Chase Taylor, Studio Director - Upholstery