Sunbury Design have been supplying fabrics with antiviral/antibacterial properties for many years, specifically into healthcare and senior living interiors. More now than ever before it is important to consider the use of these high performance fabrics in the wider contract and hospitality markets and, of course, be aware of their limitations.
Fabrics with antibacterial properties can offer many benefits but it can only be part of the solution. Just as important is the ability to properly clean the textiles depending on how and where they are used. Regardless of any treatments correct care and cleaning is key to a safe environment so we supply a care and cleaning guide with every roll of fabric which can also be downloaded on the fabric reference page on this website.
Sunbury Design offer the following products with antiviral and antimicrobial finishes:
SAFE FRONT® is now a standard treatment on all of our Aquaclean ranges. It protects against bacteria, viruses and mites. It is a totally ecological and harmless method of effectively reducing the activity of these microbes and has been certified to ISO 20743:2013 8.1, reducing bacterial activity by 99.99% after 24 hours, and ISO 18184:2019, demonstrating 91% effectiveness against feline coronavirus.
In combination with the market leading cleanability of Aquaclean, fabrics with SAFE FRONT® offer an easily cleanable and safe solution when specifying for a wide range of hospitality and office interiors.
Sunbury Design has one of the most comprehensive collections of contract FR, Aquaclean + SAFE FRONT® qualities.Aquaclean Ranges
Everclean + is an environmentally friendly, soil release treatment developed to protect fabric against the majority of everyday spills and stains. Ideally suited to contract/hospitality upholstery the high performance finish makes the fabric water and oil repellent as well as stain resistant so that the fabric will stay looking ‘fresh’ with minimal maintenance. Everclean + now includes an antibacterial finish which is effective in reducing the build-up and activity of viruses. This finish is a sustainable metal free, biodegradable technology which complies to Oeko-tex class 1 and when tested to ISO 18184:2019 shows a +99% reduction in microorganisms within 1 hour or less.Everclean+ Ranges
Stylecare is our established brand of specialist sanitised upholstery fabrics designed specifically for healthcare applications and for use in environments where an impervious, durable, stain resistant, ‘safe fabric’ is required. These fabrics incorporate a hygienic finish which is environmentally friendly and effective against a wide variety of micro-organisms. They are impervious (water and urea resistant), have excellent stain removal, PFOS and PFOA free, durable, breathable and fire retardant.Stylecare Ranges
Sauvage is an extremely hard wearing, fire retardant, waterproof, urine resistant, antimicrobial faux leather which is approved for deep, infection control cleaning (tested with Actichlor Plus, Chlor-Clean, Difficil-S, Haz-Tabs etc) making it ideally suited for severe contract/hospitality and healthcare upholstery.
Sauvage incorporates the ‘Sanitized’ branded finish which has proven to be effective against harmful bacteria such as MRSA, E. Colli, Clostridium difficile, Salmonella, Legionella and Pseudomonas.See Collection
Islington is a high quality PVC leather look boasting an authentic light grain and warm, soft touch offered in a wide selection of plain and metallic colours.
Its suitable for severe contract, hospitality and healthcare upholstery with inherent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which minimise the build up and activity of bacteria and viruses.
Islington is also suitable for deep cleaning including the use of bleach and alcohol solutions for infection control.See Collection
In light of the ongoing pandemic it is important to clarify that while it is currently not possible to test against COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) we can test against strain’s of the virus from the same family (feline coronavirus) which gives a strong indication rather than any guarantee of a fabric’s effectiveness in reducing microbial activity.
Current evidence would suggest that textiles are not a major carrier of viruses as they tend not to survive for long, getting trapped and unable to spread, on soft surfaces.
It is also important to reiterate that, in line with the experts advise, one of the best way to limit the spread of viruses is through personnel hand hygiene.