Kvadrat textiles and COVID-19
In early 2020, the onset of a global pandemic turned our lives upside down. Many people left their places of work and are only just starting to return now as, country by country, the world begins to open up again. Even as more flexible working practices emerge, workplaces and public spaces remain important hubs for culture, collaboration and connection. Health and safety concerns are high on the agenda – and rightly so. Social distancing and good hygiene practices are part of our new normal.
In the wake of COVID-19, there is a perception that tactile, natural and porous materials like wood and fabrics are somehow less safe than hard, wipe-clean surfaces like plastic, glass and metal. However, the evidence simply doesn’t bear this out.
While epidemiologists have found that the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus from textiles is very low i, we want to provide reassurance, separate the fact from the fiction and reiterate our care and cleaning guidelines, to help you care for your Kvadrat fabrics and enable them to contribute to a welcoming and healthy environment. The mental health and wellbeing benefits of a tactile working and living environment rich with natural materials are well known. We want to provide the information you need so you can continue to use Kvadrat fabrics with confidence.
COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not by bacteria. Unlike bacteria and other microbes such as fungi which can grow and multiply on non-biological surfaces, viruses lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside of a host body ii. They start to decline very quickly once they are out in the open.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the spread of COVID-19 happens most commonly through airborne respiratory droplets (which is why face masks are the first line of defence). Once a virus lands on a surface, its efficacy immediately starts to decline. Within 24-48 hours, the majority of viruses have lost all infectious properties, and within a few days, they have dissipated altogether iii.