What Types of Upholstery Fabrics Are Easiest to Keep Clean?

November 13, 2019

"Consider choosing fabrics that are easy to keep clean and sanitized.”

Certain types of settings tend to warrant more cleaning and disinfecting than others. Public spaces that get tons of traffic, for instance, will require an increased effort to keep surfaces clean and free of germs, such as restaurants and medical offices. But you can make things a lot easier on yourself by choosing specific upholstery fabrics that are easier to keep clean than others, thereby reducing the amount of maintenance required.

If you’re designing a restaurant, medical office, or any other establishment were germs and debris tend to accumulate quickly because of the amount of traffic experienced, you may want to consider choosing fabrics that are easy to keep clean and sanitized, including the following.

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Leather is a classic upholstery material that is just as luxurious as it is aesthetically-pleasing. But not only is it easy on the eyes, but it’s also incredibly easy to clean. Just a simple wipe with a damp cloth and soap or disinfectant can help quickly clean the leather and rid it of any germs that may exist. Leather is even stain-resistant, depending on the colour.


Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that is known for its low maintenance and longevity. Like its leather counterpart, microfiber tends not to age as quickly or noticeably as other fabrics, making it a great textile for high-traffic areas. It also tends to be an affordable option compared to others and makes cleaning stains as easy as dabbing with a damp towel and a bit of soapy water.


A luxurious fabric by nature, velvet might not necessarily be considered an easy-to-maintain textile, but you’d be surprised. Contract-grade velvet that has undergone a stain-repellent treatment can make it resistant to staining and can help it keep dirt and germs at its surface to be easily wiped off. That’s good news since velvet is one of the hottest interior design trends these days.


This particular material is better suited for casual eateries and medical offices thanks to its casual look and can be one of the best upholstery materials because of its ease of cleaning and disinfecting. While vinyl might not sound very intriguing, the types of vinyl being made these days are nothing like it was yesteryear. In fact, it’s making a comeback in interior design and can now mimic different fabrics and textures.

At Unichairs, we can custom-make any type of chair you require for your interior design project and outfit it with the precise type of fabric that would work best in the interior you are furnishing.