Healthcare fabrics Bring Comfort & Style to Medical Spaces
Healthcare textiles and upholstery
Healthcare flooring products represent a highly specialized area within the commercial flooring industry. Common types of healthcare flooring include vinyl sheet flooring, rubber, linoleum, and terrazzo.
Medical facilities use fabrics and textiles in a variety of ways. These facilities include acute care settings like hospitals, outpatient doctor’s offices, dental clinics, pediatric care, mental health facilities, senior care, rehabilitation, and medical research facilities. Healthcare settings have very specific demands when it comes to fabric and textiles. It is used in a variety of ways, including upholstery, window coverings, and privacy curtains. Contract strives to bring our readers the best healthcare fabric offerings, including new releases from some of the top manufacturers, including Designtex, Maharam, Momentum Textiles, Brentano, Arc-Com Fabrics, KnollTextiles, Architex, and Carnegie. These fabrics need to be high performing and able to hold up to rigorous use, especially when used as upholstery for healthcare furniture such as lounge seating.
Interior designers also take into account a fabric’s durability based on the Wyzenbeek method, which is an abrasion (rub) test. Another important element of healthcare fabrics is that it has antimicrobial capabilities and is bleach cleanable. Most healthcare fabrics are cleanable with a solution of one-tenth bleach to water ratio, which is the approved ratio by the Center for Disease Control. Solution-dyed nylon will not fade if cleaned with bleach, allowing healthcare fabrics to stay beautiful and stylish. Another way healthcare textiles may be used is as a privacy curtain between hospital beds or in a changing area. These curtains help to cut down on airborne contamination, can be used to block light, and to give a patient privacy. Finishes such as Crypton, Nano-Tex, and DuraBlock protect fabric from stains, moisture, and bacteria.