The 2 most popular classes of fabrics used in hospitals and senior living environments are vinyls and cryptons. Both of these feature moisture barriers and stain resistance. Many fabric houses also offer other fabrics to which stain protection and moisture barriers can be added for an additional fee.
Vinyl is a synthetic, man-made material that inherently contains a moisture barrier, and is both extremely durable and easy to clean. It provides resistance to stains, mildew, bacteria and odor. It is ideally suited to high traffic areas where spills are more common. Vinyls come in numerous styles and colors, and many mimic fabrics or leather, so there’s no need to sacrifice style for durability.
Crypton fabrics are engineered textiles created though the immersion of specific fibers in a high performance solution that permanently transforms the fabric, to ensure both stain and microbial protection, and an impenetrable moisture barrier that protects the fabric from spills. A variety of fibers is used in the manufacturing of crypton, with countless choices as to patterns, textures and feels, many of which mimic residential fabrics. They are extremely durable and suited to moderate to high traffic areas.
Most new stains come off easily with a damp cloth and water mixed with a mild soap. For water based stains use water-based cleaning agents only, do not use solvents. For oil based stains use solvent-based cleaners only. Most of the time, bleach solutions of up to 10% may be used for cleaning difficult stains. Check with the fabric supplier before applying a bleach solution.