A sofa that kills Coronavirus? Now we've heard of everything

Yes, you can buy sofas – and beds – with an upholstery fabric proven to kill viruses and bacteria, protect against dust mites, plus repels stains. Read on to find out more

Sofa in living room
(Image credit: John Lewis)

This week, we bring you news of a sofa that can kill Coronavirus – and bacteria. Or, more specifically, upholstery fabric that can. Just as handy, it can repel dust mites and spillages, too. All while looking rather fabulous.

The cleanliness of our homes has always been important, but for many of us probably never more so than recently. Who hasn’t stopped to wonder about what’s lurking on the surfaces in every room, and whether we’ve cleaned them effectively enough to get rid of any bacteria and viruses? 

And if you, or someone in your family, has been resting up on your sofa – or bed – while suffering from Coronavirus, you might have thought about whether you could catch it from the sofa or bed if you wanted to put your feet up for a rest, too.

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John Lewis & Partners' Palazzo Collection large Belgrave Sofa

(Image credit: John Lewis)

So, if it’s a new sofa or armchair you’re after, you might want to take a look at Aquaclean upholstery fabrics. Available from stores including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, these fabrics actually help to keep your home healthier in two ways.

Aquaclean limits the penetration of viruses and bacteria into the fabric, while another component, called Safe Front, uses zinc particles to kill bacteria, viruses and dust mites. The stats? Aquaclean/Safe Front fabrics have been certified to the appropriate ISO standard (these are internationally agreed by experts) as reducing bacterial activity by 99.99 per cent after 24 hours.

And if you’re thinking, ‘What about Covid-19?’, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s currently not available for commercial testing. However, the manufacturers have tested Safe Front for anti-viral activity on a similar coronavirus, once again to the appropriate ISO standard. Results showed it reduced the virus population by just over 91 per cent after two hours.

Marks & Spencer Dixie armchair

(Image credit: Marks & Spencer)

There’s another benefit of the upholstery fabric you might like, particularly if you’ve had to do a hasty clean-up following a sofa mishap by one of the kids/a pet/you. Aquaclean also promises to resist stains, so you don’t need to panic if there’s a spillage. It’s also free of chemicals like perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOAs) and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) which can be present in stain-resisting finishes.

Also a benefit if someone in your family has an allergy to dust mites and their droppings? The Safe Front system promises to stop these nasties reproducing in your seating.

Cleanliness and stain resistance aside, what your sofa or armchair looks and feels like is also important, but with Aquaclean upholstery available in more than 100 colours and 40 fabric types, we reckon there should be a fabric you’ll like.

Find out more about Aquaclean fabrics on their website.

Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For Realhomes.com, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.