FAQ – Cleaning and Disinfecting Rotomolded Polyethelyne

There’s a reason we call our furniture Tonik Tough.  Tonik engineers furniture to be durable, both in structure and in its ability to withstand heavy-duty cleaning.  

Tonik furniture is seamless, nonabsorbent, and water-resistant with no hidden areas for debris to collect.  This means that cleaning can be done confidently knowing that Tonik furniture surfaces are clean and disinfected.

How can I keep the Tonik furniture in my facility safe and clean?

Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces. Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the novel Coronavirus. Clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled first. Clean and disinfect surfaces as soon as possible in areas where a person with respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing) was present.

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but it does remove them, lowering their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. If the goal is to disinfect a surface, it should be cleaned first.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

What precautions should I take when cleaning and disinfecting Tonik Furniture?

Disposable gloves, eye protection, and gowns or aprons are recommended while cleaning and disinfecting. Dispose of gloves after cleaning, and wash hands to prevent the spread of germs.

How do I clean Tonik furniture?

Clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled first. Detergent/Soap and water are best to clean Tonik furniture. Green Clean and Formula 409 are recommended. Most cleaners sold in retail stores work well on Tonik furniture. A list of tested cleaners can be referenced at the bottom of this page.

How do I clean soft surfaces on Tonik furniture, such as upholstery?

First, Remove visible contamination (if present) and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. Allow fabrics to dry completely. For a complete list of cleaners recommended for Stinson fabrics on Tonik furniture, visit CFStinson Fabrics

How do I disinfect Tonik furniture?

After cleaning, spray surfaces with disinfectant and wipe clean. Consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol. Many hospital-grade cleaners can be used on Tonik furniture. A list of tested cleaners can be referenced at the bottom of this page.

How do I clean Tonik furniture to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

Cleaning and disinfecting Tonik furniture using soap, water, and alcohol will kill Coronavirus. If surfaces in your facility have come into contact with an infected individual, extra precautions can be utilized by additional cleaning with a product known to kill the virus. The American Chemistry Council has a list of products known to kill Coronavirus at https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf.

How do I clean Tonik furniture to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

Yes. Prepare a 10% diluted bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. After application, allow 2 minutes of contact time before wiping clean or allow to air dry (without wiping). Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Always allow for proper ventilation.

Tested Cleaners

Parker & Bailey® Glass & Multi Surface Cleaner
Sport Heavy Duty Cleaner
Eze-Breeze Vinyl Cleaner
Zep® Foaming Glass Cleaner – 19 oz.
Sparkle™ Glass Cleaner
Sprayway® All Purpose Cleaner
Windex® Original Glass Cleaner
CLR® Outdoor Furniture Cleaner
Invisible Glass® Cleaner
Weiman® Cook Top Cleaner
Zep® Grout Cleaner & Whitener
Solutions Cleaner with Bleach
Sunnyside Challenger Premium Cleaner/Degreaser
Clorox® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
Greased Lightning Cleaner & Degreaser
FVP® Carburetor Cleaner
ArmorAll® Heavy Duty Cleaner
SuperClean® Cleaner-Degreaser
Zep® Antibacterial Disinfectant & Cleaner with Lemon
Krud Kutter® Driveway Cleaner and Degreaser
Zep® Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
CLR® Fresh Scent Bath & Kitchen Cleaner
Windex® Multi-Surface Cleaner Vinegar
Zep® Pine Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Zep® All-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser
Formula 409® All Purpose Cleaner
Scott’s Liquid Gold® Multi-Surface Foaming Cleaner
Mean Green® Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser
Zep® Industrial Purple Degreaser and Cleaner
Miracle Mist™ Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner
ProClean CL-5525™ Citrus Multi-Surface Cleaner
ProClean CL-5500™ Concentrated Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser
EASY-OFF® Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner
Goo Gone Whole Home Grout Cleaner
Simple Green® Original Scent All-Purpose Cleaner
Zep® Fast 505 Industrial Cleaner & Degreaser
J.R. Watkins™ All Purpose Cleaner
Lysol® Lemon Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
Scrubbing Bubbles® Daily Shower Cleaner Spray
Mr. Clean® Summer Citrus Multi Purpose Cleaner
Fantastik Scrubbing Bubbles Heavy Duty All-Purpose Cleaner
Clorox® Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
Lime-A-Way® Lime, Calcium & Rust Cleaner
Goof Off® Power Cleaner & Degreaser

Tested Industrial Cleaners

Sunnyside® Phosphate-Free TSP Substitute Cleaner
Sunnyside® TSP Cleaner
Sunnyside® Brush Cleaner
FVP® Chlorinated Brake Cleaner