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Best Practices for Maintaining Flooring in Healthcare Facilities

October 12, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the special role healthcare facilities play in helping to safeguard our communities.

Flooring, ubiquitous throughout the building, can sometimes be overlooked as a place where hidden microorganisms can proliferate unchecked. By ensuring your healthcare facility flooring is well-designed and maintained, you can help lower the risk of pathogen growth and improve the efficiency of your disinfection routines.

As increased sanitation becomes the norm, harsh cleaning chemicals are getting used more regularly in facilities everywhere. Compounds containing quaternary ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide and other oxidizers, in addition to various solvents and surfactants have the power to strip flooring of protective properties and overall quality. Repeated application of such chemicals can break down traditional flooring, initially resulting in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices, followed eventually by complete surface deterioration.

The alternative is to install high performance, chemical resistant flooring at the next opportunity. Such industrial grade flooring systems are now available in many decorative varieties and offer an excellent solution for facilities that undergo regular intensive cleaning and disinfection. The right chemical resistant flooring can hold up under repeated exposure to many high concentration chemicals and solvents that would otherwise break down standard institutional flooring over time. Floor coverings with this type of enhanced functionality can help extend flooring replacement cycles and provide excellent life cycle value. Read More