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COVID 19 – we are operating as normal, our lead times are accurate at the time of publishing but, some items may take longer due to unprecedented demand. Your patience is appreciated.

Anti-microbial fabrics and vinyls

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What is Antimicrobial Fabric? 

Antimicrobial fabric is a fabric which has been treated to keep microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses from growing and multiplying within its fibers. Standard surface textiles or fabrics tend to hold in moisture and heat which creates an environment that allows the growth of microorganisms.

A single bacteria cell, in the right conditions, can multiply to over a million in the time frame of just 8 hours without intervention. Unchecked microbes can lead to infections in those with close contact with contaminated fabrics and the spread of pathogenic disease as well as the detoriation of the fabric itself, so growth prevention is highly important. 

Who manufactures Antimicrobial fabrics?

The UK based fabric manufacturer, Camira (among others) have been supplying high performance fabrics and vinyls to offices, universities, hospitals and hotels for decades. Camira, recently, embraced the requirements and demands of the healthcare sector and have pioneered their own anti-microbial fabric collection. These fabrics were created to overcome the complaint amongst NHS cleaning staff that fabrics, in their settings, lack cleanability due to the weave retaining substances in the grooves. Camira then concentrated on developing a high performance anti microbial fabric and vinyl with flat weaves which are tight, easy to scrub and treated with a permanent germ free solution branded in-house called TriOnyx.

This unique collection of four vinyls and fabrics now consists of The Halcyon Collection (includes Aspen, Blossom, Cedar, Linden, Poplar), Intervene, Manila and Vita and are all anti-microbial, bleach cleanable, waterproof, and flame retardant to the higher level Crib 5 Medium Hazard Standard.

1. The Halcyon Collection is a fresh and innovative performance fabric, engineered for end-use areas which require extra protection. They are bleach cleanable and environmentally friendly.  The Halcyon collection features a germ free TriOnyx, a soft effect finish which ensures fabrics are stain repellent, waterproof, anti-microbial and flame retardant. 

Camira Halcyon Antimicrobial Fabric

2. Intervene Fabrics provide long term performance in the most demanding public spaces such as reception areas, doctors and hospital waiting areas, canteens, staff accommodation, nursing and residential homes, lecture theatres and student unions. The Intervene collection comprises two recycled polyester fabrics, Plain and Texture, also powered and treated by TriOnyx.

Camira Intervene Fabrics Antimicrobial Fabrics

3. Manila combines the high performance of vinyl with the soft appearance of textile. It’s an environmentally friendly, phthalate free, vinyl. Phthalate is a substance added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. Manila has an organic look an feel and features a knitted cotton backing and printed design which mimics the look and texture of woven fabric. The name Manila derives from the manilla hemp plant, used traditionally to manufacture natural products such as paper and textiles.

Camira Minilla Antimicrobial Fabric

4. Vita is a leather look vinyl, with a subtle surface grain effect and full matt appearance. It provides maximum protection for heavy duty end-use areas in sectors such as contract, healthcare and hospitality. Vita is designed to enhance and connect with other Camira fabrics, including the Halcyon Collection of treated fabrics. Vita does not contain phthalate plasticizers of heavy metals, yet remains soft, stretch and pliable.

 

Anti Microbial Fabric Camira Vita

We also work alongside other fabric and upholstery suppliers such as Agua and Panaz, who, like Camira, offer a contract anti-microbial fabric in Agua Paintbox and Panaz Cadet, Venture, Trek Vinyl .

Please take a look below at some of our seating and screens which are now available in antimicrobial fabrics:

 

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There are, of course, a few questions when it comes to fabrics and vinyls and their effectiveness against Coronavirus. We have aligned with Camira on their responses to the following questions:

Are these listed fabrics and vinyls effective against Coronavirus?

They protect against a wide range of bacteria which cause infection - such as MRSA, Salmonella and E.coli - and so can provide hygiene benefits in wide ranging commercial end-use areas, including healthcare, hospitality, education and contract office. No anti-microbial testing has yet been carried out against Coronavirus, as it is not yet clear what specific strain of virus to test against

Some fabric companies are saying their products do prevent the spread of Coronavirus. What is your response?

Some claims by some companies may in fact be misleading for a number of reasons:

1. They have tested fabrics against a feline Coronavirus strain, which is not the same as the human strain which causes Covid

2. The contact time of the virus against the fabric is one hour in this test, while in practice it could be much longer

3. The reduction in viral activity is around 92% after one hour contact time, which is considered a medium performance rating, rather than “good” or “very good”.

In conclusion, at the time of writing and to our knowledge there is not a fabric or chemical that can kill germs, bacteria and viruses on contact. What antimicrobial fabrics can do is minimise the risk of spread and function (extremely well) in environments where hygiene is of utmost importance. Seating and protection screens, covered in antimicrobial fabrics, could help our returning workers and cleaning staff to embrace the ‘new normal’ with reduced feelings of anxiety. To find out more visit the back to work seating section and screen section, available in a vast range of antimicrobial fabrics.

 

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