As we consider modifications or replacements of office furniture, we must take into account materials’ longevity and ability to be cleaned so that people can stay safe from the coronavirus. The best examples include glass, coated materials, and antimicrobial laminates.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, “the virus can live on surfaces for days at a time, and it can float for three hours in the air.” Additionally, “the new coronavirus can also last up to three days on plastic and stainless steel … porous fabrics for 24 hours.” Offices will need to implement increased cleaning routines as part of their back-to-office rollout.
The new requirements call for furniture materials that are easy to sanitize. But some materials require special cleaners or else they can fade or be damaged.
Glass is extremely easy to clean and also adheres to LEED “daylight and views” in office spaces. (Left: Davies frosted glass add-up)
If you’re looking for the safest office furniture materials for COVID-19 and beyond, Davies can help. We offer socially distanced office design, workstation dividers, and more.