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How to Choose the Right Fabrics for Senior Living Furniture

December 28, 2023

Aged care facilities put a great deal of emphasis on cleaning the living and dining room furniture. In fact, the need to clean and sanitize the furniture has increased manifold since the pandemic. All of this makes it absolutely essential to choose senior living furniture built with the right fabric. What happens if you choose the wrong fabric? It complicates the process of frequent cleaning due to various problems such as wear and tear, color fading, and difficult stain removal.

Thus, we must also diligently scrutinize the upholstery fabric of senior living furniture: it should not only offer comfort but foster cleanliness and ease of maintenance as well. That's why today, we take a close look at how you can choose the right fabric that keeps the furniture looking good while also making it easy to clean for the management staff.

 5 Tips to Choose the Right Fabrics for Senior Living Furniture

Follow these 5 easy-to-follow yet highly actionable tips to pick the right fabric for aged care furniture:

 

1. Avoid High-Pile Fabrics

High-pile fabrics are characterized by their longer and more visible fibers, which almost look like a 3D texture. This looks good and provides a sense of warmth and texture. This looks good and provides a sense of warmth and texture, but cleaning high-pile fabric furniture in a senior living community presents unique challenges.

Velvet, faux fur, corduroy, chenille, and long-haired wool are some examples of high-pile fabrics that must be avoided.In living and dining rooms, furniture upholstery made from high-pile fabric can make it difficult to remove contamination or accidental spills.

Conversely, low-pile fabrics provide a more flat surface, which makes it easy to remove accidental spills or contamination. Some good examples of low-pile upholstery fabric include leather, microfiber, canvas, polyester blends, and vinyl.

 

2. Choose High Pilling Grade

Have you ever seen little fuzzy balls forming on a fabric's surface? This process is called pilling and it happens when the fibers of a fabric break off due to rubbing or wear and tear. These loose fibers accumulate and end up making small piles of fabric.

This process is normally seen in furniture using a low-pilling grade fabric. In an aged care facility, furniture like this can easily start to look worn out and can make the cleaning process more difficult.

That's why when you are on the lookout for good furniture for seniors, always check the piling grade of the fabric. There are special machines that can grade a fabric based on its respective level of pilling. In general, a higher pilling grade fabric is a far better option for seniors' friendly furniture due to its ease of maintenance and better durability.

 

3. Choose Waterproof Fabric

In aged facilities, liquid spills and stains are a common occurrence that must be regularly cleaned to maintain hygiene standards. That's why another requirement that must be present in the furniture fabric is that it must be waterproof. A waterproof fabric can protect the furniture against accidental spills, liquid damage, and any stains. Since such a fabric doesn't absorb the liquid or stains, it can be easily wiped clean with a wet cloth or a cleaning agent. One particular fabric that must be avoided in senior living furniture is vinyl. Although it is functional and waterproof, it doesn't look good at all. After all, it is equally important to maintain a welcoming environment while also keeping it hygienic and germ-free.

These days, there are many waterproof fabric options available that can be easily used in senior living freedom. From choosing the right texture to patterns to colors, the right balance between style and functionality can be achieved. In our opinion, the best waterproof fabric is the one that features a water-repellant finish on the front and a special waterproof shield on the backside. This combination can offer optimal protection against moisture, stains, mildew, and bad odors.

 

4. Look for Antimicrobial Properties

Undoubtedly, aged care facility staff can maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of their furniture tirelessly. However, let us acknowledge the reality: attaining a consistent state of impeccable cleanliness remains an elusive goal. After all, microorganisms can grow on the furniture surface from even a mere touch and not to mention that extended periods of time between cleaning can also make matters worse.

A simple solution to all these problems is to choose an upholstery fabric with antimicrobial properties. These are special fabrics designed to eliminate the microorganisms or slow down their rate of spread. By choosing antimicrobial fabric for senior furniture, you can add a protection barrier between the seniors and the disease-causing organisms like yeast, bacteria, viruses, etc. This can directly impact the senior's health in a positive way while also improving the life of the fabric and furniture itself.

At Yumeya, the health of the seniors is our  priority, which is why we also offer antimicrobial fabric in our seniors’ living furniture!

 

5. Allergy Resistance Is Essential

As you explore alternative properties such as waterproof, antimicrobial, and high-pile grade, ensure not to overlook allergy resistance. Seniors, as they age, may also encounter potential allergy issues and a variety of other health problems. By opting for allergen-resistant fabric, a significant improvement can be made to the residents' overall health. Especially seniors with respiratory conditions or allergies can experience a higher quality of life with allergy-resistant furniture fabric.

Now, if we look at the furniture fabrics that offer these properties, it includes leather, tightly woven syntehtics, and microfiber. These fabrics are known for their high allergy resistance and can provide a barrier against potential allergy symptoms.

This feature is crucial not only for the physical health of the residents but also for promoting an overall sense of comfort and peace of mind.

 

Conclusion

At Yumeya Furniture, we have closely looked at the requirements of the residents of senior living centers. At the same time, we have also analyzed the needs of the aged care facilities themselves. This careful analysis has allowed us to understand exactly what's needed in the ideal senior living furniture.

That's why all the furniture options offered by Yumeya only use the best fabric, meeting all of the above-mentioned requirements.

So, if you need the ideal furniture for an aged care facility, contact one of our experts today to discuss your needs!


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