The Danish textile company Kvadrat was founded in 1968 and is one of the leading manufacturers in its field, supplying architects, designers and furniture manufacturers worldwide. As a manufacturer Kvadrat not only works with renowned design greats such as Alfredo Häberli or the Bouroullec brothers, but also supports art projects such as the Frieze Art Fair to strengthen the use of textile materials. In addition, Kvadrat's products are found in countless major buildings around the world - from Yves Saint Laurent in Paris to museums such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the MoMA in New York to the Opera House in Copenhagen. The Danish company is not only groundbreaking in terms of textile design, but also in terms of employee satisfaction and outstanding working conditions. In 2008 the Kvadrat headquarters received a health award from the Danish Sports Association, and in 2012 was dubbed the healthiest workplace in Denmark. Strict quality standards, environmental awareness and social responsibility are central to the Kvadrat ethos.
Ready Made Curtains
Among Kvadrat's many noteworthy products one finds the Ready Made Curtains, created in collaboration with the designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The curtain system can be individually configured: the individual components of the curtain can be ordered separately and combined as desired. In addition, Kvadrat's Ready Made Curtains can be cut to the perfect size - without fraying. From the various hangers, centre columns, brackets and curtains, countless configurations can be realised - from monochrome to colourful, and that in a variety of textile finishes. The installation of the Ready Made Curtains is child's play: the chosen brackets are simply attached to the wall or ceiling and the cable, which replaces the classic curtain rod, strained. Once the suspension has been installed, the brackets can be slipped on and the fabric, tailored to individual requirements, can be hung: the Ready Made Curtain is ... ready!
The Kvadrat Rugs, formerly distributed under the brand name Danskina, are characterised by outstanding craftsmanship, meticulous care in production and attention to detail. Characteristic of the Kvadrat rugs are the unique textures of the textiles which are created by a harmonious combination of classical techniques and contemporary design approaches. Over the decades Kvadrat has established itself as a strong reputation amongst design-savvy architects and interior designers worldwide and has established long-term cooperations with internationally renowned designer Hella Jongerius, who was appointed head of Danskina's design department in 2013 and developed various design rugs for the company's portfolio. Also in terms of manufacturing process Kvadrat sets high standards: the production combines the latest technologies with traditional craftsmanship and first-class materials. The textile company, which operates worldwide, often uses existing structures and, depending on the model, has the carpets produced by specialists in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal and India. On account of the complex production process and long delivery routes, the most popular Kvadrat Rugs are available as "Kvadrat Rugs in Stock" with a shorter delivery time.
Care and disinfection of Kvadrat textiles in context of Corona
Studies indicate that the risk of becoming infected with the Coronavirus through textiles is low; however, in order to ensure hygiene, textiles and other substances should be cleaned regularly, while always taking into account their natural properties. Wool fibres, for example, are naturally water and dirt repellent and have a surface layer that is not very attractive to microbes and it is known that wool has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as mould, mildew, bacteria and viruses. For hygienic reasons, wool should always be kept dry. Other materials such as polyester, polypropylene and polyacrylic fibres are generally non-susceptible to microbial growth, for example, thanks to its hydrophobic properties bacteria densities on the Kvadrat textile Trevira CS are reduced by more than 20 % without additional treatment. Where a textile is to be disinfected, it should be cleaned thoroughly in advance.
Do I have cause for concern if I touch textile surfaces in the office or at home?
No. But be sure to wash your hands after touching a textile surface and do not touch your face beforehand.
Can the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread to textiles?
No, the coronavirus can only spread with the help of a host. A textile surface is not a suitable host.
How long does the virus survive on textiles?
So far there has been no study that the virus survives longer on textiles than on other surfaces.
I disinfected my hands with an ethanol-based hand disinfectant. Can I damage textiles if I touch them afterwards?
No, hand disinfectants contain less ethanol than a surface disinfectant, so you won't damage a textile.
Can I use ethanol/alcohol based disinfectants to disinfect textiles?
Yes, you can use ethanol/alcohol-based disinfectants (70-85 %) to wash textiles made of polyester, wool or e.g. from the Trevira CS material from Kvadrat.
Can I use chlorine-based detergents to clean textiles?
Yes, you can use chlorine-based cleaning agents (1000-1200 ppm) for textiles made of polyester or Trevira CS. Alternative products should be used for wool textiles
What type of disinfectant should I use for textiles?
You can find numerous commercially available disinfection sprays and agents in drug stores or pharmacies.
How do I use disinfectants on textiles?
It is essential to follow the instructions of the manufacturer of your textiles and the instructions on the disinfectant.
Can I use a disinfectant spray for textiles or do I need another agent?
Both disinfectant sprays and agents that are applied with a cloth can be used. If you use a cloth, it should only be slightly damp and never wet. Let the textiles dry before use.
How long do the textiles have to dry?
Materials such as polyester and Trevira CS dry within a few minutes. Textiles made of wool dry at different rates depending on room temperature, air humidity and the amount of detergent.
At what temperature can I wash Kvadrat textiles?
Textiles made of polyester and Trevira CS can be washed at 60-80 °C. Textiles made of wool should not be washed.