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Take to the floor

Take to the floor

Sustainable, durable, hygienic, easy to clean, safe, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing. These are the all important considerations for estates and facilities managers when choosing flooring solutions for healthcare buildings.

As surfaces that will be walked on millions of times a day, as well as having to withstand trolleys, wheelchairs and other equipment, choosing the correct type of flooring for medical centres is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Whether hard or soft floor coverings, or the much more rarely used carpeting, which is not used in clinical areas, first and foremost the surfaces need to be long-lasting.

Speaking to hdm, Graham Stott, regional manager of flooring manufacturer, Mapei, said: “The phrase that comes into play a lot in the healthcare marketplace is ‘fit for purpose’. You can’t have floor surfaces that will easily stain or crack, so they need to be hard-wearing and durable.”

Guidance on the subject is provided in the form of ‘HBN-00-10. Part A’ in England and Wales and ‘Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 61’ in Scotland. Both of these lay out the basic requirements for flooring materials.

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