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Looking for a Bleach Cleanable Fabric?

April 13, 2020

In light of current events, there has been significant interest in upholstery fabrics that hold up to cleaning and disinfecting with a bleach solution. In addition to healthcare facilities, which routinely have cleaning protocols to prevent illness and reduce the risk of cross-contamination of infections, specifiers of other commercial environments are considering bleach-cleanable textiles.

In order for a fabric to be considered bleach cleanable, it cannot weaken or fade when exposed to diluted bleach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a solution of 1 part household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to 10 parts water (1:10) be used for disinfecting. Since bleach will degrade most dyes and weaken many of the yarns used for woven upholstery, textiles that use solution-dyed fibers work best. This is because the color pigments integrated throughout the fiber, not just on the surface. Constructions of nylon, acrylic, and polyolefin yarns, as well as polyester yarns colored with high-energy dyes, exhibit strong colorfastness when cleaned with diluted bleach solutions. Wolf-Gordon offers a wide range of bleach cleanable woven upholstery patterns in each of these yarn constructions.

Of course, the majority of our vinyl and polyurethane-based upholstery textiles, long preferred in the healthcare industry, also withstand bleach solutions.