Chinese New Year is upon us once again – this time in the Year of the Ox! Just like all the years before this, the time-honoured tradition of spring cleaning our spaces continues. Have you ever wondered why we do this? Traditional folklore tells us that sweeping away the dust is a way for us to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new one on a fresh start. It also acts as a way to rid the house of bad luck and misfortunes of the past, opening the spaces up for new things and good luck to enter our lives.

Whether you believe in the superstitions or not, the Lunar New Year continues to be a time where most do away with the old and bring in the new – cleaning their homes and commercial spaces to prepare for the coming year. In the spirit of Chinese New Year and spring cleaning, our onestop team has prepared this guide to some of the best fabrics and materials to use for upholstery that are easy to take care of and disinfect. Maybe it’s time to consider a change of upholstery for you too!



It’s the common go-to material to give your spaces a touch of class. Leather is easy on the eyes and fits in well with most interior design themes, but best of all, it’s incredibly easy to clean. All you need to do is to wipe with a damp cloth and soap or disinfectant to maintain its graceful looks for the long run. It can even be stain-resistant with the right colour choice! And if you’re looking for a pet-friendly material, nothing holds up better against any accidental scratches or marks like good ol’ distressed leather – read more about our pet-friendly furniture recommendations here.



Affordable, damage-resistant, and versatile in its uses. Vinyl has a more casual, modern look to it than leather. It also comes in a wider range of colours and patterns to suit your designs effortlessly. Thanks to its unassuming appearance as well as being easy to clean and disinfect, it is best suited for places where sanitary standards are a key concern, such as casual eateries or medical offices. When it comes to its maintenance, simply using sprays or wiping with a damp cloth will do the trick, as long as the surface is wiped once again with a dry cloth. While vinyl might not be as popular as leather is, its low-maintenance properties and versatility in mimicking different fabrics and textures are slowly turning heads around.



Another material known for its low-maintenance and longevity, microfiber boasts an ultra-soft texture and a natural water-resistant quality. Being a synthetic fabric, similar to vinyl, it has unbelievable durability and works as a great fabric for high-contact areas such as restaurant chairs or sofas. With the proper upkeep, its ageing is not easily noticeable, even after years of usage. Any stain on microfiber upholstery can easily be dealt with a damp towel and soapy water.


We hope you’ve learned a thing or two on how to streamline your spring cleaning this year and the next. As we enter the new year, we’ll be sharing more effective and efficient how-tos in our biweekly articles, so stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for our updates! Don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation on your projects here.

May the Year of the Ox bless you and your family with everlasting strength and health! (And for your furniture too!)

10 February 2021