COVID-19 Treatment Table Disinfection Guide
Soapy water or Athlegen Upholstery Cleaner is suitable for thorough cleaning of treatment table upholstery this will remove grime and treatment products such as massage oil from the upholstery surface, however, to kill a virus a disinfectant is needed.
The most gentle disinfectant for treatment table upholstery is household bleach - active ingredient sodium hypochlorite with a concentration of at least 1000ppm/10%. Bleach does not necessarily clean the upholstery surface but will kill most germs, bacteria and viruses that are present.
PU (Athlegen fabric ranges: Evolve or Ultra)
Refer to the table or the easy-to-use calculator link below for how much chlorine-based (sodium hypochlorite) disinfectant to dilute with water to get the desired concentration of bleach solution.
|Makes 1 Litre Of Bleach Solution|
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|Bleach ml rounded up for a min 1000ppm concentration|
Although diluted Bleach will not damage painted metal, it is corrosive to stainless steel and chrome-plated components. So if you get any bleach on any of these components, immediately wipe with fresh water and dry completely with a soft cloth.
To clean or disinfect stainless steel or chrome-plated components we recommend the use of Isopropyl alcohol.
The Use Of Other Disinfectants
PVC Fabrics: If your table is upholstered with Ultimate, Encore, Camero, Pellan, Studio or Colorado PVC fabric DO NOT use any alcohol-based products as they will dramatically harm the lifespan of the fabric. The plasticisers in the PVC will prematurely dry out and the PVC surface will go hard, blister and split.
Cleaning or Disinfecting Ingredients Harmful to Upholstery Fabrics
Important Bleach Use and Safety Information
- Check the expiration dates of your bleach or chemical sanitiser to ensure the active ingredients are still effective.
- Follow safety precautions by using personal protective equipment, including protective clothing, gloves and safety goggles.
- Do not mix with any other chemical.
- Mix in a well-ventilated room.
- Do not use hot water to make up chlorine solutions - cold water is safer.
- Always add the bleach solution to the water when preparing the solution, not vice versa.
- Bleach rapidly degrades in the presence of light and when mixed with water. Store in opaque containers and use within 24 hours.
- Follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions on the product label and refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet for further details on handling.
- Care must be taken to completely rinse all detergent or cleaning agent residues and thoroughly dry the surface prior to applying bleach so as not to further dilute the bleach solution.
- Do not use bleach in a spray bottle.
- It is recommended to allow bleach solutions a full 10 minutes of contact time to ensure complete disinfection.
This guide has been prepared in consultation with upholstery fabric manufacturers and suppliers and is intended to provide the most gentle disinfection guide for the Upholstery Fabrics used by Athlegen.
Athlegen acknowledges that there are many other disinfection products available, but because they have not been tested, they may harm the lifespan of your table's upholstery.
Covid-19 Use of Protective Table Covers and Towels
All protective table covers and towels used during the treatment should be washed after each use. After use, be careful not to shake the linen to avoid the likelihood of spreading the virus and place used linen immediately in a sealed single-use garbage bag ready for laundering.
Many allied health practitioners are choosing to use single-use disposable table covers or face hole or head cradle pad covers such as Purifas instead of linen.