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Bleach Cleanable Fabrics

Which Fabrics are Bleach Cleanable? 


The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all take a second look at how we clean. It is important to keep public areas, especially high traffic areas, disinfected as much as possible. This helps to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

The CDC recommends bleach to clean high-touch surfaces. However, not all fabrics are able to withstand bleach. Therefore, it is important to purchase bleach cleanable fabrics for furniture in busy common areas. Generally, the CDC recommends using a solution of 1:10 of household bleach to clean high-touch items. 1:10 breaks down to about 1 ½ cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water.


Purchasing Fabric


Fabrics differ in what they are capable of withstanding. Some companies, like those below, list specific fabrics that are bleach cleanable.  With the spread of COVID-19, it is important to disinfect high-touch surfaces as often as possible. 

Generally, fabrics like polyethylene, acrylic, nylon, polypropylene, and high energy polyester are all bleach cleanable. However, it is important to read each specific fabric and its cleaning recommendations before putting bleach on any surface. Specifically, any fabric purchased for upholstering hardwood chairs should be bleach-friendly as these chairs are touched often. Eustis chair has a list of fabrics and finishes that we recommend, which can be found here.


We often work with the following companies that offer some bleach cleanable fabrics:

When your institution makes the decision to invest in new furniture, it is important to purchase products that will withstand the test of time. Due to new cleaning recommendations, you may want to consider products that can withstand bleach. Otherwise, fabrics can become tarnished and discolored.


Have you already purchased hardwood chairs and are curious about how to clean them?

We offer a free step-by-step guide on How to Disinfect Wood Chairs. 

Contact us today to discuss your design vision.



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