How to Disinfect a Bead Design Board?

by Virginia L Milner.
(United States)

How to Disinfect a Bead Design Board?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Does anyone know if it is possible to clean a bead design board – the kind that you can get in any craft store that has the felt finish?

I teach jewelry making and I’m trying to be extra diligent with making sure items that we use are properly cleaned and disinfected from class to class.

The bead board is the one thing that stumps me.

Virginia L Milner

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  • Valerie says:

    Lysol disinfectant spray claims to kill 99.9% of virus and bacteria and to be safe for fabric. I’m sure there are other similar sprays.

  • Judy Bjorkman says:

    Unfortunately, with the national call to isolate ourselves, due to the coronavirus epidemic, your classes may be canceled for several weeks/months. OTOH, if you can teach on-line, cleaning the bead board would not be so necessary! –Judy

  • A very light spray of alcohol? Alcohol dries quickly and might not be a problem. Experiment on a small area of one board first.

  • I wash mine gently in soapy water. Or you could try 1 part bleach 9 parts water as advised by the DOH. My felt boards have plastic backing and do well in water, be careful not to rub the measurement areas too hard or the numbers will come off

  • Mary Anne says:

    I so agree. Every type of class, and facility is closed around my region. Stay at home and safely craft.

  • Lyone Fein Bernbaum says:

    Aside from not meeting in person, the most responsible and safest approach would probably be to require each person to bring/have their own board. In addition, folks should be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart. And it goes without saying that they should not be sharing beads, tools, etc. at this point. Your class needs to be a NPC (no physical contact) experience for all involved from this point forward, in order to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy…… including yourself. If you think you will be making close contact with your students, passing objects to them, etc. You really should be wearing latex gloves.
    At this point the CDC is concerned that a high percentage of transmission (40%-60%) is currently occurring on the part of those who are pre-symptomatic, or by those whose symptoms are minimal (and easily written off).
    While these measures may seem onerous, death is worse.

  • Virginia L Milner says:

    Thanks everyone. This question was written long before we had information and guidelines to work from. Needless to say, all classes have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, but I will use the downtime to experiment for when we are back in business!

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