In order to ensure the long-term comfort and usefulness of the chairs you buy, it's important to carefully consider all the available options when choosing the upholstery for your care home lounge chairs. This decision will have an impact on both your caregivers and residents. This helpful guide was created to assist you in selecting the upholstery option that will work best for you and your residents.
Looks and comfort
Residents, family members, care homeowners, and managers are demanding more nowadays, not only in terms of care levels but also about the care environment! When you think of a "typical" care home, you probably picture rows of chairs with vinyl upholstery lined up like a waiting room.
There isn't really a right or wrong when it comes to aesthetics; it all relies on your particular preferences and the atmosphere you want to create. When weighing all of the options, there may be a chance to combine the two to complement one another since waterproof textiles have a far greater range of colours, patterns, and textures than faux leathers.
Comfort is even more important than aesthetics, especially when it comes to pressure area care in more vulnerable people. Impervious or fabric upholstery has a wider range of choices that are less abrasive on the skin. Plus, fabrics are also breathable which allows for greater comfort for those sitting for long periods.
Easy to clean
The simplicity of cleaning is frequently one of the top factors people look for when buying new care home lounge chairs for communal areas. The durability of the product and the satisfaction for caregivers in being able to successfully accomplish this chore are both ensured by the ease with which your lounge chairs can be cleaned. It was discovered that the processes necessary for cleaning waterproof textiles and imitation leathers are nearly same, with the main variation being the amount of time needed to dry after cleaning. When it comes to cleaning, imitation leather's only benefit is that it can be wiped dry whereas a textile would need time to dry out.
It is a widespread misperception in the healthcare sector that faux leather is more effective at preventing infection than waterproof materials when it comes to upholstery. This notion is partly based on how differently the two types of upholstery seem; since waterproof textiles look like those used in household settings from the outside, it is assumed that they do not provide the same amount of protection as imitation leathers. Faux leathers look considerably more like the "normal" healthcare upholstery you would often expect to see in a hospital or healthcare facility.
There is no difference in the effectiveness of imitation leathers compared to waterproof textiles coated with anti-microbial protection, according to extensive study that has been conducted. Shield Plus is a built-in treatment that Panaz offers on a variety of imitation leathers and waterproof fabrics. It has been shown effective against coronavirus types and also offers long-lasting infection prevention even when exposed to repeated daily use and cleaning.
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