Designtex Guide to Cleaning + Disinfecting

In a time when cleaning and disinfecting are not just important but vital – education on the subjects is key. Earlier this Spring, the Designtex design team led a webinar presentation on cleaning and disinfecting, below is a recap.

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same; products that are used for soil and stain removal may not be effective disinfectants. Conversely, products that disinfect may not be effective for soil and stain removal. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water physically removes germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Designtex offers a large variety of textiles that are bleach cleanable.

Antimicrobials – What are they + More!

An antimicrobial is an agent that is toxic to, or inhibits the growth of, microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Antimicrobial agents come in the form of chemicals, including nanoparticles and heavy metals, that are added to products during formulation or as an after treatment.

We do not recommend antimicrobial additives in textiles as a defense against COVID-19. Antimicrobial additives in textiles protect the product from degradation by microbes and bacteria. They are not intended to decrease infection among humans, and do not work against viruses. You can read more information from Designtex here.