Continuous cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces with household & commercial cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants can minimize the spread of bacteria and viruses including COVID-19. Pointe has an extensive line of products which have been rigorously tested with a wide range of cleaners and disinfectants.
Cleaning the surface with proper cleaning agents such as detergent or soap + water before disinfecting will make the disinfectants much more effective in targeting and killing the germs. It is important to review the manufacturers instruction for the EPA-registered disinfectant, as each will have varying contact times. After each cleaning and disinfecting process, the surface should be rinsed with clean water and soft towel.
Pointe International is testing most of its commercial upholstery by each type of healthcare cleaners following the ACT testing protocol. Please refer to the cleaning guide of each pattern, or click here for all the cleaning guides.
Antimicrobials are not an effective method to disinfect a space. There is a lack of evidence of their effectiveness to disinfect and conversely have been studies of the risk of these additives to humans and the environment. To qualify for Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), it recommends avoiding the use of anti-microbials and advises that:
“with rare exceptions, very few data support the use of antimicrobials in furniture as a means of reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Some antimicrobials pose risks to human health and the environment and may contribute to antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, the presence of antimicrobials in furniture may lead to a false sense of security and result in less stringent infection control practices.”
Pointe has removed all anti-microbial additives from our product offerings and recommends using CDC recommended Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines to minimize the spread of bacteria and viruses.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations:
CDC Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
CDC Guide Disinfection and Sterilization
List of EPA-Registered Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
Healthcare Cleaners Chart for Tekloom/Coated Fabrics