Business experts at Max Funding say, “the essential businesses that are open are engaging in some of the most stringent cleaning and safety protocols that have ever been put in place. The media is constantly speaking about the most effective hand-washing techniques and what surfaces should be prioritised for disinfecting procedures, but there is something that isn’t being discussed nearly enough. That is the subject of cleaning floors.” They add, “as all kinds of different healthcare facilities look to engage in the most effective protocols for cleaning and curbing the spread of this virus, designers must realise that they have a very integral role in looking to disinfect flooring.”
Here are some of the different principles that can be utilised in order to achieve a successful design.
1. Cleaning Should Be Prioritised
Prior to actually recommending any type of flooring product, it is very important to look at the practices that currently exist. There are all kinds of designers who are looking to tailor flooring options to optimise each facility without having a solid understanding of the current practices they are engaging in. Therefore, they are coming up with impractical designs that are not fully aligned with the practical approach each facility can have based on their current operations. For instance, there is a new advanced system that can require specialised cleaning that wouldn’t necessarily be a good choice for a client who is either unwilling or unable to make major alterations to their current cleaning and maintenance programs.
In order to avoid running into this problem, the designer should be looking to get input from the professionals to determine what products they are currently using and who is doing the cleanings. Likewise, they should be asking about how often the floors are being cleaned and more. These variables can help the designer have much more information to make better decisions in their design process. The designers should also be looking to listen to the prospectives of those who are in operations in order to properly comprehend the specific needs of each client.
By using the time ahead of the design process to understand the needs of each client, they will be able to not only improve the aesthetics of the design, but also the practicality and functionality of the facility itself.
2. Go Beyond Shiny
While the interior of just about every healthcare facility used to be white, waxed, and shiny, that is no longer the case. The interiors have transformed and they’ve become much more versatile. This was the preferred look in the past because it showcased a perception that the facility was clean and disinfected. However, this aesthetic has since been retired and it offers now a much more spa-like appearance that a lot of researchers have confirmed is much more effective for healing.
There is flooring that can boost the healing characteristics of a certain space that doesn’t necessarily compromise the cleanliness of the facility itself which will continue to drive the design trends and the changes to it. There are all kinds of different products available like epoxy flooring that can help to create a much more visually appealing aesthetic while showcasing the perception of cleanliness. These products can range in terms of their aesthetics. Having differences in modelling and accents can be very effective at helping to break up wood flooring while also serving the purpose of helping with visual wayfinding.
Figuring out what is the right contract between the different flooring products can be very effective at boosting visual interest.
3. Embrace Innovations
In the world post-pandemic, designers are looking to imagine how the different changes in the experience of patients will impact not only design but also material selection as it relates to flooring. As spaces are consistently retrofitted for offer greater distancing, we will likely see a need in the marketplace for the right flooring that will showcase the right level of distancing and one that will offer visual cues of travel designation for those who are either entering or exiting a medical facility. There are different innovative products that will likely continue to surge in popularity that include but aren’t limited to surfacing that is scuff-resistant and other non-wax floorings. There is even more evidence cropping up that suggests that various finishes like epoxy floor finishes that make the floor look and feel much more like a home environment offer much more comfort than those that are high-gloss.
The fact is, hospitals are faced with the vital task of preventing the spread of both dangerous bacteria and viruses. However, it can be just as essential for employees that work in facilities outside of the health care field. This is especially true now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. By choosing the most optimised flooring system for your facility and integrating an effective cleaning program, you should be able to significantly reduce the chances of transmitting the disease throughout the facility and the community as a whole.
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