The floor is a prime area of concern for medical facilities, as contaminants can easily move around underfoot, while gravity means that dirt, grime and bacteria will inevitably end up on the floor. Getting the correct floor finish is therefore essential for sites that maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
The key criteria for hospital floors are that they allow for a fast and effective cleaning regime by offering seamless, smooth and impervious properties. The floor needs to maintain these attributes despite challenges such as constant traffic from staff, patients and wheeled equipment, spillages of liquids or potentially corrosive substances, frequent cleaning and physical impacts. If floor failure occurs then it will become difficult to clean, allowing a chance for germs to accumulate within unwanted cracks.
Flowcrete has developed an extensive range of flooring systems that are suitable for each area of a healthcare facility, whether it is within a hospital ward room, surgery, pharmacy, reception area, laboratory or the back of house areas.
These options include hardwearing, decorative epoxy finishes, fast curing systems that drastically reduce the application time, and antimicrobial polyurethanes. Additional benefits can even be incorporated within the floor, such as anti-slip aggregates, navigational signage and coloured aggregates to improve aesthetics.
Flowcrete recommends the following systems for use in healthcare environments…