The Disinfection of Furniture 

Due to the continued global presence of coronavirus, we receive a lot of questions regarding the cleaning and disinfection of furniture surfaces. We have extracted the following information from scientific research and recommendations made by our suppliers of textiles and leather as well as Fredericia’s own recommendations.


Virus vs. Bacteria
It is important to note the difference between bacteria and a virus, as they are different types of microorganisms. Bacteria can grow and reproduce on surfaces, whereas viruses lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside of a host body. Coronavirus is a so-called enveloped virus with a fatty outside layer, a structure, which is easily destroyed by regular disinfectants and detergents.

According to the World Health Organization, research has shown that contaminated surfaces are not a main source of spreading of coronavirus, i.e. infection is not a result of simply touching objects contaminated with coronavirus. To get infected, the virus must come into contact with mucous membranes in the mouth, nose or eyes.

Research indicates that the coronavirus is capable of surviving on surfaces for up to 48 hours in a normal and dry indoor environment.

The exact lifespan of the coronavirus on surfaces is, however, still a matter of debate and local authorities provide different answers. Consequently, we recommend that you check and follow the specific guidelines in your country, state or region.

If you are concerned about potential contamination of furniture, please follow the recommendations below:

∆ Always comply with local government guidelines.

∆ Refrain from using the furniture for at least 48 hours and/or disinfect the furniture. ∆ Do not use hand sanitizer or other disinfective cleaning agents on furniture as it may cause permanent damage on the surfaces.

∆ Damages caused by hand sanitizer or disinfective cleaning agents are not covered by the gaurantee.

∆ Fredericia recommends using soapy water to effectively disinfect furniture where needed. Always use white, natural and organic soap flakes for the solution.

∆ Where alcoholbased products for disinfection can be used these may maximum contain 40%.

Please refer to the following page for further information on disinfection of various materials.

Wollen fabrics
Woollen fabrics should be left for 48 hours.

Linen fabrics
Linen fabrics should be left for 48 hours. You should preferably refrain from using furniture upholstered with linen fabrics (including canvas and linen webbing) for a minimum of 48 hours.

Synthetic fabrics
Synthetic fabrics can be disinfected with ethanol (max 40%) or soapy water (Polyester, Polyamide, Trevira CS etc.).

Wooden furniture
Lacquered and painted furniture can be disinfected with using water containing a mild all-purpose cleaning agent.
Soap-treated surfaces should only be cleaned with soapy water. Oil-treated wood should only be cleaned with soapy water. Preferably though, you should refrain from using oil-treated furniture for a minimum of 48 hours to avoid the potential need for reapplying oil after cleaning.

Paper cord & Cane wicker
Paper yarn and cane wicker should be cleaned with soapy water.

Laminate & Linoleum
Nano-laminate and laminate should be cleaned with ethanol (max 40%) or soapy water. Linoleum should be cleaned with soapy water.

Polypropylene and acrylic plastics should be cleaned with ethanol (max 40%) or soapy water.

Chrome-plated or powder coated surfaces should be cleaned with ethanol (max 40%) or soapy water.

Leather can be disinfected with soapy water Soapy water effectively disinfects leather surfaces, including pigmented, semi-aniline and aniline leathers.

We do not recommend using anti-bacterial agents on leather: Almost every manufacturer of leather cleaning products offers an anti-bacterial cleansing product. The active product in these agents is ethanol. As leather and ethanol are non-compatible and because the dose of ethanol is low, these agents will not work as intended.

We recommend using white organic soap flakes dissolved in water, nothing else.