Permablok® Cleaning Guide

September 2021 (update Febuary 2023)


We recommend cleaning at least once a week to extend the lifespan of the upholstery, which should prevent dirt and contamination buildup and permanent staining. In the event of a spill, wipe off any excess right away with a dry white cloth or fabric, being careful not to spread to remaining surface.


Clean the whole surface in a circular motion using liquid hand soap (pH neutral) and water (1 part soap to 9 parts water). Check the Approved Cleaners guide for recommended cleaning

products. Wipe with a clean damp cloth to get rid of any excess soap. Repeat as needed and then let dry.


Any buildup that cannot be removed with soapy water, a mixture of 1 part isopropyl alcohol to 9 parts water can be used as a last resort. (Remember, using alcohol on a regular

basis can affect the properties of the product).


Once a month, you can use a soft-bristle brush for a deeper cleaning. Remember, light colors need more care, more often.


Note: The cleaning products recommended were used in a laboratory setting. Spradling Group® has no relationship with the manufacturers of those cleaning products.


For Color Transfer

Certain clothing and accessory dyes (such as those used on denim jeans) may migrate to lighter colors. This phenomenon is increased by humidity and temperature and is irreversible. Please check compatibility when using this product in combination with painted or varnished surfaces.



In addition to cleaning, healthcare facilities maintain disinfecting regimens to reduce the spread of infections. There is a wide variety of available biocides that include bleaches, peroxides and quaternary ammonium products, among others. They should always be used at the recommended dilution, never in concentrated form. To prolong the life of coated fabrics, the disinfectants should be rinsed off after each use. It should be noted that misuse of disinfectants is the major source of surface deterioration. Spradling International, Inc.® continually evaluates cleaners/disinfectants, and a list of those tested can be found on our website.



Do not use the following on Permablock finished fabrics

  • Solvents like paint thinner, Varsol, acetone, whiteners, waxes, silicones or detergents and/or cleaning products that are not pH neutral.
  • Products that are more than 50% alcohol.
  • Plastic or wire sponges, or hard-bristle brushes. They can damage the material permanently.
  • Do not mark the product with pens or markers, as it may absorb the ink and stain permanently.


Abrasion test results exceeding ACT Performance Guidelines are not an indicator of product lifespan. Multiple factors affect fabric durability and appearance retention.


Find Permablok® patterns here.


PERMABLOK® is a registered trademark of Spradling Holdings, Inc.©2021 Spradling International, Inc.®


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