When panic spreads during a pandemic, the difference between cleaning and disinfecting can seem hard to define. So, we've made it our mission to make this easier to understand...
Cleaning is the process of removing dust, dirt and staining from the surface of a fabric or vinyl to maintain its appearance and prolong its life.
Disinfection is intended to kill germs – micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi – which can cause infection and spread disease.
Some methods, notably using soap and water, bleach or steam – are effective at both cleaning and disinfecting, but certain methods can only be carried out on specific fiber types.
Looking for specific guidelines for cleaning and maintaining your fabric or vinyl?
We've created a cleaning matrix for specific recommendations by fibre and material type. As a general rule of thumb, regular cleaning has always been recommended as a way to keep fabrics looking good for longer, with a few straightforward guidelines...
Vacuuming fabrics regularly will prevent build up of dust and dirt on the fabric which can act as an abradant and lead to fabrics wearing out before their time.
Get to stains quickly, mopping up any excess liquid, before they have time to soak in or dry out. If need be, use upholstery shampoo or liquid soap and warm water. Be careful not to over wet fabrics, especially wool, so always make sure a clean cloth soaked in soapy water is well squeezed out.
For deeper cleaning, wool, polyester and Trevira CS can be dry cleaned or steam cleaned. Polyester and Trevira CS can also be machine washed if upholstery is removable. Polypropylene should not be machine washed, dry cleaned or steam cleaned (but is bleach cleanable, likewise polyester).