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Flooring Can Help To Provide A Healthy Interior

Janet Lowe, UK market manager, at Forbo Flooring Systems looks at the factors contractors should consider when recommending floorcoverings for healthcare: IN modern healthcare facilities, the floor provides the basis for a sterile environment. Fixtures and fittings, including the flooring, are selected for their hygienic properties first and foremost – with durable and easily cleaned products top of the list.

However, there are a number of factors a contractor must consider to ensure giving the client the best performing solution.

Selecting flooring for healthcare settings can be challenging, as they contain such a diverse range of applications. The flooring needs of a hospital, for example, are more complicated than they might seem initially – as well as the wards, corridors and treatment rooms, there are numerous restaurants, family areas, staff rooms, accommodation and offices, all of which haveverydifferentflooringrequirements.

Environmental and aesthetic considerations can also play a part in the mix, with some situations requiring a softer, less intimidating or ‘clinical’ aesthetic and yet all the while, the highest standards of hygiene must still

be maintained.

There is one floor covering that particularly lends itself to healthcare projects and that is linoleum. Non-allergenic and easy to clean, linoleum has a number of qualities that make it ideal for this type of setting.
Perhaps the most significant advantage linoleum has over other types of floor coverings, however, is the fact that it has been proven in independent tests to be naturally bacteriostatic, thereby preventing dangerous bacteria such as MRSA, A baumannii and E Coli from multiplying – a major benefit when it comes to infection control.

Most healthcare facilities encounter very heavy footfall and so durability and maintenance are key concerns. Linoleum is an extremely tough and long lasting floor covering that requires simple and cost effective maintenance throughout its extended lifespan – making it well suited for high volume applications, such

as hospitals.

Linoleum is also a truly sustainable product with up to 97% natural raw materials, up to 72% rapidly renewable raw materials and up to 43% recycledcontent.

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