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Disinfectants are in the Hot Seat
in the Upholstery Market
Extreme testing parameters of quaternary ammonium
salts on contract seating fabric drives need for super
high-performance lacquers
The Quat Compound
Upholstery fabric used in the contract seating market in mass transit, medical,
and hospitality applications can breed harmful bacteria with widespread
capability. Since the pandemic has swept the world, cleaning and disinfecting
commonly touched surfaces have become more frequent and thorough, and
rightfully so.
Quaternary ammonium chloride compounds, often referred to as
By Cory Baker
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT CHEMIST
APV ENGINEERED COATINGS
Cory Baker, Development Chemist
at APV Engineered Coatings, has
23 years of experience in qualifying
and formulating coatings and silicone
rubber compounds for the wire and
cable, automotive, aerospace, and
industrial fabrics industries. In addition
to formulating Vynguard®
-brand
lacquer technologies, he has a diverse
background in numerous test standards,
quality control, testing equipment,
and production blending equipment.
Cory also has long-standing knowledge
of current global environmental
regulations with respect to chemicals
and is an expert in producing
waterborne chemistries without
sacrificing performance. He has
a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
from the University of Akron and is
an advocate for eco-conscious
practices in the workplace.
" quats " or QACs, have been widely used for decades as the active ingredient
in disinfectants. QACs are exceptionally effective in eliminating germs by
absorbing into the cell walls of bacteria, damaging the membrane, and killing
the bacteria. One of its pitfalls, however, is damaging the lacquer as well as the
printed pattern on the vinyl fabric. After the lacquer is compromised, QACs
will damage the substrate. With more frequent exposure and concentrated
disinfectant formulas, vinyl upholstery is forced to withstand conditions for
which it was not intended.
When developing new OEM lacquer chemistries for flexible vinyl upholstery
fabric, it is important to know the experimental coating's response to extreme
exposure to quats. APV employs various industry standard methods for testing
coating performance on upholstery fabrics, including CFFA-Heathcare 201
(Chemical Fabrics and Film Association Inc.) and BIFMA HCF 8.1-2017 Health
Care Furniture Design Guidelines for Cleanability. There are also modified ways
for testing cleanability and chemical resistance with more severe conditions
that have evolved since COVID-19. This was due to new disinfectant types and
enhanced cleaning protocol for hospitality and healthcare industries.
The Hot Seat
Once passing BIFMA and CFFA standards, APV takes quats to the hot seat.
The most severe modified experiment APV uses involves fifteen consecutive
days of testing in a hot oven.
To start this test, a quat cleaner of a specific dilution is wiped onto two
samples of printed and lacquered upholstery fabric, just as if you were cleaning
the surface. Both samples are then placed into an oven at 70˚ C (158˚ F). Each
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