The Disinfection of Furniture 


Due to the continued global presence of coronavirus, we receive a lot of questions regarding the cleaning and disinfection of furniture surfaces. We have extracted the following information from scientific research and recommendations made by our suppliers of textiles and leather as well as Fredericia’s own recommendations.



 

Please do not hesitate to contact our customer service, if you have questions regarding cleaning and maintenance.

VIRUS VS. BACTERIA
It is important to note the difference between bacteria and a virus, as they are different types of microorganisms. Bacteria can grow and reproduce on surfaces, whereas viruses lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside of a host body. Coronavirus is a so-called enveloped virus with a fatty outside layer, a structure, which is easily destroyed by regular disinfectants and detergents.

According to the World Health Organization, research has shown that contaminated surfaces are not a main source of spreading of coronavirus, i.e. infection is not a result of simply touching objects contaminated with coronavirus. To get infected, the virus must come into contact with mucous membranes in the mouth, nose or eyes.

Research indicates that the coronavirus is capable of surviving on surfaces for up to 48 hours in a normal and dry indoor environment. The exact lifespan of the coronavirus on surfaces is, however, still a matter of debate and local authorities provide different answers. Consequently, we recommend that you check and follow the specific guidelines in your country, state or region.

If you are concerned about potential contamination of furniture, please follow the recommendations below:

⚠ Always comply with local government guidelines

✖ Refrain from using the furniture for at least 48 hours and/or disinfect the furniture

Leather can be disinfected with soapy water
Soapy water effectively disinfects leather surfaces, including pigmented, semi-aniline and aniline leathers.

We do not recommend using anti-bacterial agents on leather: Almost every manufacturer of leather cleaning products offers an anti-bacterial cleansing product. The active product in these agents is ethanol. As leather and ethanol are non-compatible and because the dose of ethanol is low, these agents will not work as intended.

We recommend using soap dissolved in water, nothing else.

Woollen fabrics should be left for 48 hours
As yet, there is no research on how long the coronavirus can survive on woollen fabrics. Preferably, you should refrain from using furniture upholstered with woollen fabrics for a minimum of 48 hours. If this is not an option, you can use ethanol to disinfect woollen fabrics.

⚠ Disinfecting woollen fabrics with ethanol will, however, strip the wool of its lanolin and may cause discoloration as well as reduce the fabric’s longevity. Consequently, this method should only be applied if no other alternative remains.

Linen fabrics should be left for 48 hours
You should preferably refrain from using furniture upholstered with linen fabrics (including canvas and linen webbing) for a minimum of 48 hours. If this is not an option, you can use ethanol to disinfect the linen. However, this method is not thoroughly tested and it might damage the fabric if used frequently.

Synthetic fabrics can be disinfected with ethanol or soapy water
Synthetic fabrics (Polyester, Polyamide, Trevira CS etc.) should be disinfected with ethanol or soapy water to effectively destroy virus and bacteria.

Wooden Furniture
• Lacquered and painted furniture can be disinfected with ethanol or soapy water.
• Soap-treated surfaces should only be cleaned with soapy water.
• Oil-treated wood should only be cleaned with soapy water. Preferably though, youshould refrain from using oil-treated furniture
for a minimum of 48 hours to avoid the potential need for reapplying oil after cleaning.

Paper Yarn and Cane Wicker Guidelines
Paper yarn and cane wicker should be cleaned with soapy water.

Laminate and Linoleum
• Nano-laminate and laminate should be cleaned with ethanol or soapy water
• Linoleum should be cleaned with soapy water.

Plastics
Polypropylene and acrylic plastics should be cleaned with ethanol or soapy water.

Metal Frame Guidelines
Chrome-plated or powder coated surfaces should be cleaned with ethanol or soapy water.