Ultimate Guide to Hospital and Medical Grade Upholstery fabrics

20 | 05 | 2021 In Hospital, Medical, Textiles, Upholstery

In 2020, the COVID 19 virus brought about incredible change to human existence in a short space of time. These changes will have ongoing impacts on the way we socialise, interact and manage day to day functions from 2021 and beyond.

Medical grade upholstery

For decades, medical facilities have battled to control the billions of wasted dollars that Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI's) cost the industry each year but the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic has forced medical, hospital and aged care facilities to significantly adapt existing sterilisation regimes in terms of frequency and types of cleaning chemicals used, all with the aim of protecting patients, staff and visitors.

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Since the pandemic, Medical and Hospital facilities have ramped up cleaning regimes to protect, patients, staff and visitors. This has and will have disadvantageous effects on surfaces that have not, in the past, required such rigorous cleaning.

A common mistake in choosing upholstery fabrics in Medical and Hospital facilities is choosing fabrics that deteriorate within a 12 month period due to harsh chemicals and a lack of proper cleaning process. If you want a fabric to last, you either purchase a fabric that can withstand the rigors of the harshest chemical cleaning or you change the cleaning processes implemented in hospitals and medical centres to ensure harsh chemicals do not remain on the surface of the fabric for long periods of time.

The advent of bleach wipes and even bleach free chemical wipes means fabrics have to withstand being wiped down with these products. There are vinyl products in the marketplace that have additional treatments and protections that will withstand these and other harsh chemical cleaning. These hospital grade upholstery fabrics will offer between 3-5 year warranties due to their durability.

Another interesting development after the pandemic was the movement away from textured fabrics in hospitals and medical centres to smooth fabrics without grooves, so bacteria, microbes and germs can't accumulate in the valleys.

Fabrics with anti-microbial properties, prevent bacteria, microbes and germs from surviving on the fabric surface. Antimicrobial fabrics have obvious benefits for patient wellbeing and are an essential choice for fabrics used in hospital and medical applications.

If you would like to know more about hospital and medical grade fabrics contact Innova on +61 3 9551 8722 or email: innova@innova.com.au or pose your question on our webchat in the bottom right hand corner.

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