Why Linoleum Is Proving Such A Healthy Choice
Naomi Cole, of Tarkett, explores the benefits of linoleum in healthcare:
ORIGINALLY introduced as domestic flooring in the mid-1800’s, linoleum remained a popular choice throughout the Victorian era and well into the 1960’s. But around this time, new vinyl flooring started to emerge offering superior resistance to indentation and wear, and better able to cope with the fashionable stiletto heel.
Although linoleum’s popularity declined significantly as a result, there has been a resurgence of interest following the demand for more eco-friendly building materials. Today linoleum is still made with a strong sense of tradition, using the same natural and renewable materials as in the past. But technological advances have led to the creation of a more resilient, hard-wearing and hard-working linoleum surface than ever before.
New surface protection treatments ensures modern linoleum offers an extremely tough surface with even greater resistance to indentation, abrasion, stains and chemicals. Such treatments can also remove the need for initial waxing or polishing and offer savings on maintenance costs through reduced use of water, detergents and energy for cleaning.
The variety of colour and design options now available allows linoleum to be used in almost any interior design scheme. Thanks to the advances in surface finish, linoleum can withstand the demands of heavy traffic areas in any commercial application. Combined with its excellent environmental profile and low lifecycle costs, it is an ideal choice for schools and hospitals.
Linoleum is also a practical solution for hospitals and other healthcare facilities thanks to its naturally anti-bacterial properties that support good hygiene and inhibit the growth of several bacteria, including MRSA.
Many hospitals now also recognise the importance of natural daylight in improving patient outcomes and recovery times. The natural and organic pigments in linoleum have high light fastness meaning they will not fade when exposed to daylight, so the floor continues to look good even after years of service.
Acoustic linoleum is also available. Made with the addition of a cork or polyurethane foam under layer to the main construction, this acoustic linoleum can offer up to 18dB of impact sound reduction.
Linoleum is a great choice for any new build or refurbishment scheme. Its flexibility and ease of handling means installation is quick and simple, helping fitters meet tight deadlines often found on hospital refurbishment programmes.
Sourcing manufacturers that can offer matching weld rods and pre-formed skirtings makes installation even easier. In the same material and shade as the flooring, these skirtings can be selected to coordinate or contrast and provide a perfect professional finish for any project.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them online at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.