Important material features for laboratory hygiene
Hygiene standards in laboratories must be uncompromising at all times. From pharmaceuticals and chemistry, to biotechnology and healthcare this applies in all laboratories. Even the smallest of impurities can influence test results, falsify or even destroy them. A wide variety of disinfectants are used to kill off the microorganisms in the lab, these agents generally contain highly concentrated alcohols, such as isopropanol, which can be extremely aggressive and wear away or damage the material over time. This poses a real challenge for the laboratory equipment, especially those objects that are subject to intensive cleaning – such as laboratory chairs.
How to correctly clean laboratory chairs: Synthetic leather and integral foam (PU)
In order to meet the high standard of hygiene required, the materials used in laboratory chairs must primarily be resistant to all established cleaning agents and disinfectants. Seating surfaces which are designed to be soft with comfort in mind, are particularly tricky. Synthetic leather, combines hygienic aspects with maximum seating comfort. Laboratory chairs with this type of upholstery have proven to be extremely resistant to the established cleaning agents and disinfectants while also guaranteeing a comfortable seat. If a laboratory chair is in an environment where the chair is likely to come into contact with aggressive substances such as oil or grease, a seating surface made from integral foam (PU) is the best choice. Here too it must be ensured that the quality of the upholstery can withstand the stress from the cleaning agent and disinfectant as frequent cleaning with aggressive agents can lead to a brittle, cracked and hard surface over time.
Certified resistance to disinfectant from Bimos
The range of laboratory chairs from Bimos have a form-fitting design that ensures no contaminants collect in the gaps or seams, the focus is on the material used. The surfaces are not only easy to clean and durable but they are also extremely resistant to all cleaning agents and disinfectants used in the cleaning of laboratories. Both the Bimos Skai and Magic synthetic leather covers, as well as the integral foam (PU) versions, offer maximum resistance. The suitability of these laboratory chairs in conjunction with cleaning agents and disinfectants has been certified by Fraunhofer according to ISO 2812.
Camlab partner with Bimos, the leading manufacturer of laboratory and industry chairs in Europe, to offer a large range chairs for different applications. For more information or to have a demo of a Bimos chair in your workplace please get in touch with one of our technical team on 01954 233 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org