Due to the high use of patient seating in hospitals, regular cleaning is essential to prevent the spread of infection and keep the chair in good condition.
Most hospital chairs are made from hard-wearing fabric to withstand regular cleaning and protect the chair from ingress of fluid and contaminants.
Infection control standards in hospitals determine what cleaning materials should be used for seating. Typically, detergent mixed with water or detergent wipes are used. Strong detergents or chlorine-based solutions should be avoided and only used sparingly. Infection control is a huge subject, read our in-depth article on infection control to learn more.
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Most hospital seating will be upholstered in vinyl, at least on the outer surfaces, as is it hard-wearing and resistant to knocks and scratches.
Most faux leathers on hospital seating are water-resistant and have a smooth surface that is easy to wipe clean. Here are some essential dos and don’ts for cleaning fabric chairs:
The Lento chair range integrates several design features to improve infection control in hospitals. One major benefit of the Lento range is the modular design that allows the chair to be stripped down for deep cleaning.
The Lento care chair and its smaller sibling, the Little Lento, are designed to cover the broadest cross-section of patients within the hospital seating, providing postural support and pressure relief for those with limited mobility.
The outer surface of the chair is vinyl with a soft dartex to the inner contact surfaces of the chair. Both are smooth, resistant materials and easy to wipe down. Chlorine-based seating solutions can be used on these surfaces if required.
The width-adjustable arms can be removed easily to allow deep cleaning in the more concealed areas of the chair
The backrest cushions, seat wrap and footrest cover remove easily with magnetic fastenings. These remove the need for Velcro which collects dirt and debris, and provides a smooth, flat chair base that can be deep-cleaned without hidden seams or recesses.
The Lento Riser Recliner range incorporate the bariatric versions, and the Lento Mobile Riser Recliner, which has all the rehabilitation benefits of a riser recliner chair as well as being fully portable, so great for hospital wards.
Good infection control is paramount in patient healthcare, and an important factor to consider when purchasing hospital seating is how good it is for infection control.
Cleaning and maintenance are essential to keep your chair in good working order and prevent the spread of infection. If you would like cleaning instructions for any of the chairs in our range, or want to learn more about infection control in general, please contact us for more information.