If you work in or own a medical facility, you know how important it is to keep everything as clean as possible. Many medical patients, regardless of what they are there for, may have been affected by an infectious disease that can be spread to other vulnerable patients. On the other hand, medical facilities frequently come in contact with hazardous fluids that can be harmful to other’s health as well. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown every person just how important frequent cleaning and sanitizing is, especially in medical settings. Therefore, all medical furniture should be equally easy to clean. When looking for medical furniture, cleanliness should always be the first thing that comes to mind. Here’s how to find the best furniture for your facility.
Choosing Washable Fabrics
Durable fabrics that are able to withstand frequent washing and sanitizing are the standard for any medical furniture. Absorbent fabrics like cotton are something you should avoid when it comes to medical furniture just because they are much more susceptible to bacterial growth. You cannot throw a piece of furniture into the washing machine or dry cleaner, so make sure that a wipedown will not leave behind any residue in the fabric. Choose medical furniture offerings that have polyester, acrylic, nylon, or polypropylene upholsterers instead to keep everyone safe and hygienic.
Easy to Clean
Ornate or intricate antique-like furniture like you’d see in a casino or residence is not really desirable for medical furniture. This is because these designs are often very difficult to deep clean. Remember that the primary purpose of a medical facility is to treat patients, not have eye-catching furniture. Avoid any wood furniture since wood is able to absorb water and other fluids. Plus, wood can be worn down by the often abrasive cleaning solutions medical facilities must use. As a result, try to stick to simplistic, durable medical furniture choices, such as those made of stainless steel or some other non-corrosive metal.
You also want to make sure that the medical furniture you choose is meant to last for a long time. If a rip or tear occurs in the furniture, it will more than likely not be cleaned as well as it should. This will inevitably lead to bacterial or fungal growth, which can be detrimental to an already vulnerable patient’s health. Therefore, try and choose fabrics that are designed with plenty of uses in mind before wearing out.
Choose Edwards & Hill for Your Medical Furniture and Design Needs
Are you ready to redesign your office to maximize productivity and creative thinking? Edwards & Hill can help you design and install the perfect designs for your business. Edwards & Hill is a leading office, education, medical, and hospitality furniture provider with high-quality design and installation services for any style or scale. We have our headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, as well as another convenient office location in St. Louis, Missouri. If you are ready to get your office design started, contact us online or give us a call at 301-317-4250. For the St. Louis office, please call 314-797-5077. For more furniture design tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube.
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