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Floors in healthcare, nursing and care facilities




Properties of and requirements for floor coverings


Colours for healthcare, nursing and care facilities


Types of floor coverings and their suitability



The robust natural product linoleum is equally hygienic and easy to clean, and is available in a wide range of bright or muted colours. A true classic among floor coverings, 98% of linoleum is made up of linseed oil, cork, sawdust, natural resins and jute. Moreover, it is naturally anti-bacterial, feels warm on the feet, and is especially durable.




DLW vinyl is the diverse, multi-talented product for hospitals, doctors' practices and nursing and care facilities – robust and durable. Thanks to the high-performance PUR Eco System surface treatment, these floor coverings are the ultimate for cleaning and hygiene. In addition to a range of colours, there are special conductive variants for operating theatres and laboratories, variants that reduce footfall sound for corridors, and anti-slip versions for sanitary areas.

Our "mix & match" toolbox reproduces these special floor coverings in the same hues, making it possible to create a building with a consistent design concept.




With refined wood and stone looks, Scala design tiles bring a special flair to the floor and are barely distinguishable from the genuine materials. However, they are considerably less sensitive, more hygienic and easier to clean. Scala design tiles are perfect for creating an exclusive atmosphere in healthcare facilities – for example in private wards, or for nursing and care facilities, as they exude a special feeling of comfort.




For administration and office areas, we also offer DLW fibrebonded, which is able to withstand extreme stresses, such as those caused by castor wheels, has anti-static properties and significantly reduces footfall sound.


Standards and regulations for healthcare facilities


Choosing the right floor covering in a healthcare, nursing or care facility is a challenge. On the one hand, the functional requirements are very high, while on the other, patients and residents benefit from an ambiance that is tailored to their needs and supports their recovery.

In areas where people are coming and going all day long, the floors must support the functionality of the rooms as best as possible, whilst simultaneously being durable, easy to clean and resistant, particularly to all common disinfectants.





Properties of and requirements for floor coverings







“When the focus is on the functionality of the rooms, our floor covering stays discreetly in the background. And works."

Claus Dieter Misslang, Product Manager, Armstrong DLW GmbH


Hygiene, cleaning and care

In places where people are aiming to recuperate or should well at ease, hygiene and cleanliness are the order of the day. Typical types of contamination, such as blood, urine or iodine, require floor coverings that are not just easy to clean, but also resistant to stains, moisture-resistant and able to withstand disinfectants.

Structural requirements

In hospitals, in particular, some areas must be resistant to chemicals, for example laboratories and pharmacies, as well as all other areas where contamination can be expected. Besides laying the flooring so that the joints are completely sealed, it may also be worthwhile to install cushion-edged profiles and cushion-edged skirting. What is more, a bowl-type installation is possible with our vinyl floor coverings.




The situation is different in nursing and care facilities, where resistant to soiling, stains and moisture play a role. Here too, laying the flooring so that the joints are sealed may be the best option, due to the fact that such installation optimises the use of cleaning agents and disinfectants, whilst simultaneously reducing contamination. For entrance areas, consideration should also be given to designing adequate areas in which dirt can be trapped so that it is not brought into the building.










„DLW linoleum from Armstrong is produced almost entirely from renewable raw materials. According to the ecological assessment I have drawn up, linoleum can be recommended unrestrictedly as far as sustainability is concerned.“

Prof. Manfred Hegger, TU Darmstadt, Architecture department


As standard, our floor coverings are coated with a surface treatment in line with the requirements that will be made of the floor in question. With the LPX Finish floor coverings are given a basic seal that makes them resistant to moisture and abrasive dirt. This is therefore ideally suited for entrance areas or in sheltered workshops, recreational rooms and educational facilities.

The PUR Eco System surface treatment renders floor coverings resistant to all the chemicals used in hospitals and medical practices, and particularly to hand and surface disinfectants. What is more: Our DLW linoleum is naturally antibacterial. We also have certificates which prove that our vinyl floor coverings do not constitute a breeding ground for bacteria. This surface treatment also prevents marks and scratches, such as those caused by the heels of shoes and rubber wheels. This creates even more efficient resistance against contamination. Another advantage: There is no need to use care products on the floor, and thanks to the quicker and easier cleaning, the ongoing maintenance costs are significantly reduced.










„In a comparison with other tested linoleum surfaces, PUR linoleum had the lowest sensitivity to heel scratches and walking marks.“

Martin Lutz, expert from the FIGR independent test institute


Even combined surfaces with different DLW floor coverings can all be cleaned using the same cleaning agent and the same cleaning procedure. The long-term maintenance costs are the deciding factor: these can account for up to 80% of the overall costs given an average usage period of several decades. Simple and thorough cleaning plays a key role, particularly in healthcare, nursing and care facilities. With surface treatments, flexible floor coverings are not only easy to clean, they are also extremely hard wearing.


Cost efficiency

When selecting the right floor covering, the purchase costs are not the only factor to consider. The long-term maintenance costs are far more relevant. You should therefore attach particular importance to easy and yet thorough cleaning. Flexible floors are much easier to clean than textile coverings. In addition, the surface treatment determines how easy the floor is actually to keep clean. Nonetheless, one fact is clear: the more professional the cleaning, the longer the floor covering will keep looking good.


Resistance to chemicals

Floors in healthcare facilities have to withstand a lot more than simply disinfectants. In some areas, such as laboratories or pharmacies, resistance to chemicals is also required. Here we recommend our PUR Eco System surface treatment that is able to withstand even corrosive chemicals. For improved cleaning and disinfection, it may also be helpful to install cushion-edged skirting in such areas.


Conductivity in operating theatres




Operating theatres are probably the most sensitive areas within a hospital. Here the guidelines specify that physically conductive floor coverings must be used, in order to protect expensive technical devices from damage, and therefore to directly safeguard patients and staff. Our vinyl Conductive floorings in Contour, Royal and Pastell variants, are particularly well suited for such use. Ideally, they should be installed so that there are no joins in the flooring, with fused seams, so as not to create a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.


Anti-slip properties and tread safety


Smooth floors conceal a safety risk – something which is particularly true of areas where liquids may be spilled. In such areas, floor coverings that comply with at least anti-slip class R9 must be used. The special floor covering Favorite R10 is one such product. With its embossed surface, it is ideal for sanitary areas or kitchens, among other uses.

Above all, floors in healthcare, nursing and care facilities must be tread-safe for the long term. This applies particularly to treatment facilities and in corridors and day rooms. This will ensure that patients and residents feel safe and at ease. Our linoleum or vinyl floors are particularly suitable for such areas.


Footfall sound



Besides a high level of robustness, footfall sound plays a decisive role in healthcare, nursing and care facilities. Catering to this need, we have special acoustic floorings in our range, which provide a 14 to 17 dB improvement in footfall sound.


Barrier-Free



Regulations state that all public buildings must be constructed so as to be universally accessible, and this is especially essential in healthcare, nursing and care facilities. Universal accessibility doesn't start with a wheelchair, but with pushing a child's pushchair. What is more: Armstrong DLW is the first company whose floor coverings have been awarded the certificate "Very good for universal accessibility". You can find out more at www.armstrong.com/barrier-free.


Each area of a healthcare or nursing facility places completely individual requirements on its floor covering. Here you can find an overview of our product recommendations:







Further information on our products, technical data sheets and care instructions can also be found at www.armstrong.de/bibliothek.


Colours in healthcare, nursing and care facilities


Colour plays an important role in our lives: it influences our mood and is one of the factors that make us feel at ease or ill at ease in a given place, as well as having a significant impact on our mind and body. Here we have drawn together some colour recommendations for healthcare, nursing and care facilities:

Modern doctor's practice

2815-061
Pastell Conductive
antique beige
125-132
Marmorette PUR
lime green
27105-158
Scala 55
rustic pine brown
710-070
Favorite R10 PUR
vanilla


Clinic

726-083
Favorite PUR
white pearls
24192-140
Scala 40 PUR
jatoba silk
885-350
Medintone PUR
indigo mid
2815-051
Pastell Conductive
broken grey


Private clinic

20015-185
Scala 100
rustic oak black
20015-115
Scala 40
jatoba rio
125-174
Marmorette PUR
physalis orange
152-080
LinoArt Metallic LPX
firmament black
2815-050
Pastell Conductive
broken silver


Nursing facility/Dementia

24041-142
Scala 40 PUR
classic walnut
warm brown
20076-161
Scala 55
apple medium
brown
121-115
Marmorette LPX
rusty orange
885-342
Medintone
terracotta




What is more: Our floor coverings are very well matched in terms of colour and will also go with your existing furniture.




Types of floor coverings and their suitability


DLW Vinyl is the diverse, multi-talented product for hospitals, doctors' practices and nursing and care facilities – robust and durable. Thanks to the high-performance PUR Eco System surface treatment, these floor coverings are the ultimate for cleaning and hygiene. In addition to a range of colours, there are special conductive variants for operating theatres and laboratories, variants that reduce footfall sound for corridors, and anti-slip versions for sanitary areas. Our "mix & match" toolbox reproduces these special floor coverings in the same hues, making it possible to create a building with a consistent design concept.


With refined wood and stone looks, Scala design tiles bring a special flair to the floor and are barely distinguishable from the genuine materials. However, they are considerably less sensitive, more hygienic and easier to clean. Scala design tiles are perfect for creating an exclusive atmosphere in healthcare facilities – for example in private wards, or for nursing and care facilities, as they exude a special feeling of comfort.


The robust natural product Linoleum is equally hygienic and easy to clean, and is available in a wide range of bright or muted colours. A true classic among floor coverings, 98% of linoleum is made up of linseed oil, cork, sawdust, natural resins and jute. What is more, it is naturally anti-bacterial, feels warm on the feet, and is especially durable.


For administration and office areas, we also offer DLW fibrebonded which is able to withstand extreme stresses, such as those caused by castor wheels, has anti-static properties and significantly reduces footfall sound.


Standards and regulations


A large number of regulations and standards are in force for healthcare, nursing and care facilities. We have drawn together the most important ones for you:


ASR A1.5/1,2 Technical Regulations for Workplaces - Floors
BGR 132 Avoiding Ignition Risks resulting from Electrostatic Charges
BGR 181 Floors in Workrooms and Work Areas with the Risk of Slipping
DIN EN 13553 Resilient floor coverings - Polyvinyl chloride floor coverings for use in special wet areas - Specification
DIN 18040 1-3 Construction of accessible buildings - Design principles
DIN 51130 Testing of floor coverings - Determination of the anti-slip property - Workrooms and fields of activities with slip danger, walking method - Ramp test
DIN 53436 Generation of thermal decomposition products from materials in an air stream for toxicological testing; method for testing the inhalation toxicity
DIN EN 13501-1 Test for the fire classification of floor coverings
DIN EN ISO 846, Part C Plastics - Evaluation of the action of microorganisms
EN 423 Resilient floor coverings. Determination of resistance to staining
TRBS 2153 German technical rules for operation safety - Preventing ignition risks resulting from electrostatic charging.


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