Do you clean and disinfect your furniture properly?

Evidence shows that coronavirus is most likely to last on surfaces we frequently touch with our hands and it can live on surfaces from a few hours to days. High touch surfaces in workplaces, including desks, phones, keypads, work surfaces, etc. are prime places for the spread of viruses and bacteria. It is highly recommended to clean and disinfect regularly to lower the chance of COVID-19 transmitting in your office. However, do you know how to clean and disinfect your furniture properly?


Surface cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including microorganisms. Cleaning alone does not kill microorganisms, but by eliminating them partially, this reduces their numbers and therefore diminishes the risk of spreading the infection.


Surface disinfection is done using chemicals to kill microorganisms. Killing remaining microorganisms on a surface after cleaning further reduces the risk of spreading the infection.

A common method we often do is to use store-bought disinfectant solutions or wipes to clean. However, a chemical spray disinfectant will make the polyurethane (a.k.a a plastic resin) flake or peel. And an antibacterial or disinfectant soap with warm water can do its magic to prolong the life of the turner.

Each furniture material reacts to chemicals differently. So, it is important to know how to clean and disinfect properly, otherwise, you may be ruining your furniture.

Below is a guideline on how to clean and disinfect each type of furniture material.

Materials Suggested Cleaners Suggested Disinfectants Cleaning Method To Avoid
Melamine (TFL) laminate tops Mild soap and water. All-purpose cleaners such as Lysol, Virex II 256, Purell, Virox (peroxide). Quaternary ammonium, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide. It is important not to let the solvent work for too long. Rinse with clear water and dry the surface quickly. Sodium hypochlorite and bleach/chlorine solution.
Painted Metal Mild soap and water. Bleach 0.5% concentration, clean for at least 1 minute. Hydrogen peroxide concentration of 0.5%, clean for at least 1 minute. 70% alcohol (rubbing, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol) for at least 30 seconds. A solution of quaternary ammonium salts, leave to act for 10 minutes. Disinfectant wipes. Clean, rinse with clear water, and wipe the surface.  
Fabrics Mild soap and water. Refer to the supplier’s instructions. Using a vacuum cleaner and a clean brush. Bleach/chlorine solution.
Vinyl Mild soap and water. A mixture of 1:10 ratio bleach and water. Refer to the supplier’s instructions. Clean, rinse with clear water, and wipe the surface. Alcohol and ammonia

Not only does cleaning and disinfecting furniture properly increase the lifespan of your furniture, but it also helps to prevent the spread of germs that may cause illness.

Comment below if you have any questions! Happy cleaning!


Available Government Grants for Alberta Schools

As announced in late July, the Government of Alberta has released that schools will be opening under Scenario One conditions in September 2020. With only a few more weeks to go before schools are open and running, this might be an opportune moment to explore your options for funding beyond the district sanctioned amounts. Schools are unpredictable, and unanticipated costs can arise almost daily. That being said, having an additional float in your budget can give you the preparedness to navigate unforeseen costs, the flexibility to quickly adapt, and the means to make improvements where you see fit. We’ve put together a quick, comprehensive guide on understanding government grants for schools in Alberta, along with some helpful links below.


Equipping Post-Secondary Campuses for Fall Returns

With officials predicting the effects of COVID-19 to last into the early new year, post-secondary campuses know better than anyone that it’s time to accept and prepare for this new reality. While society has generally hit a halt, educational institutions are investigating ways to continue academic services in a cautious and accessible manner. Unfortunately, going back to business, as usual, will not cut it this time. Institutions will need to come back smarter and better than before in order to stay open through the remainder of this outbreak, and possibly the next. While re-opening institutions may feel premature, safe returns to campus can be made possible through reinventing the physical university experience. To achieve this, you’ll want to look at reimagining and repurposing your spaces to support new health care policy changes and social distancing protocols.


Promoting Student Learning at Home Through Healthy Movement

With parents working remotely and students transitioning to full online learning, we’re facing a unique time in history where both parents and children are operating alongside each other at home. While remote working has become increasingly popular in the workforce, online learning will be a foreign experience to most young students. For some children, maintaining attention in a linear classroom setting is already challenging. As virtual learning continues to manifest over digital classrooms, parents are finding it difficult for their children to sit through a day’s worth of online lessons. However, rather than training children to sit still, consider advocating for healthy movement to help students channel pent-up energy into involvement.

Open laptop on the desk, online study on the screen

Empowering Student Online Learning During School Shutdowns

With a focus on avid migration towards online learning, getting caught up in a standardized approach can be easy. While creating a uniform system can help make this transition smooth and seamless, we can’t neglect our attention to unique student learning styles. Where’s the balance between setting up a consistent teaching system and personalized learning approaches? How can we empower our students to take ownership of their learning while at home? The answer begins with us.


Empower Special Education Students with an Inclusive Classroom Design

Creating a positive and successful learning experience for students with special needs is just as critical as that of their peers.

It starts with creating a learning environment that is not only physically inclusive but also facilitates academic growth and success. Learning styles and teaching strategies also need to be adapted in kind so that students with special education needs are empowered to learn alongside their peers and contribute to the class in beneficial and constructive ways.


Empower Individual Learning Styles With Student-Centered Classrooms

As our population grows larger and larger as well as younger and younger, classrooms are evolving from an assembly line of rows and columns of chairs to a dynamic student-centered classroom. Modern classrooms now approach education differently with inclusive learning environments that reflect how teachers teach and how students learn. Due to increasing classroom sizes, teachers rely on technology and flexible classroom environments more than ever. It fosters collaboration and critical thinking skills plus meets the diverse needs of the modern student.


Top Educational Classroom Design & Furniture Trends For 2019

Today’s learners are a sophisticated bunch – brought up on a diet of handheld technology, brand marketing, and the sleekest product design. Experience-driven, they have high expectations when it comes to the environments they inhabit. If even a part of an educator’s task is to prepare them for the world, then the classroom has to meet and reflect real-world expectations. Rows of desks, learning by rote, one-size-fits all teaching methods are a hangover from the industrial revolution.


How Classroom Design Affects Student Performance

Because today’s young learners are a generation unlike any before them, classroom design has a massive impact on both engagement and performance. Because, as research shows, education isn’t just about technology or pedagogy, it’s also about environment.

In fact, research increasingly shows the impact classroom design has on student success: 25%, positive or negative depending on the environment, on annual academic progress. And Dr. Sheryl Reinisch, the Dean of Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education says that well designed classrooms can “ “help children feel safe, secure, and valued. As a result, self-esteem increases, and students are motivated to engage in the learning process.”