To the question “which floor covering is best?” difficult to answer. After all, depending on the type of room there are certain requirements for flooring. Today we will talk with you about medical offices or medical institutions. What floor to use there? In this article we will pay more attention to purely medical premises and a floor for them. We will pay attention to the general halls, almost reception offices.
We will not keep the intrigue for a long time, but we will prioritize the coverage. Best for medical institutions:
- natural linoleum
- homogeneous PVC (a kind of artificial linoleum)
- conductive PVC
Natural linoleum is a unique material. The recipe for its creation has not changed for decades. It contains: linseed oil, wood flour, limestone, natural resin and jute base. This material is completely environmentally friendly. In addition, natural linoleum does not produce harmful emissions like other artificial materials. But the main feature of natural linoleum is its antibacterial and anti-allergenic properties. This material is not a favorable environment for bacterial growth. These are its qualities and are the main argument for the use of natural linoleum in medical institutions.
There are three major manufacturers of natural linoleum in the world: Forbo, Tarkett, Gerflor DLW. Prices for this coating vary depending on the manufacturer and collection. You can view them at this link.
Homogeneous PVC coating. For some reason it so happened that this coating is often called linoleum. Although, unlike natural linoleum, it is an artificial material. Nevertheless, modern manufacturers try to level the quality of the coating all the factors that come from its artificiality.
PVC coating is well suited for medical institutions, namely:
- medical offices
- corridors, foyers, halls
- rehabilitation halls
- treatment rooms
- Resuscitation, operating rooms
- Administrative premises
Regarding the composition, there are 2 types of PVC: homogeneous and heterogeneous. According to modern European standards, a homogeneous coating should be used. After all, in medical institutions, PVC must be arranged with the so-called “wall outlet”. The floor material seems to enter the wall 10 cm high. This method is caused by hygienic requirements for medical institutions. In the photos below we will give some examples.
There are some types of PVC for medical institutions, which need to be said more. It is conductive and current-scattering PVC. These coatings are used in diagnostic, operating rooms, X-ray rooms, intensive care units and intensive care units.
Conductive and current-scattering PVC coatings are designed for rooms where there is high-precision electronic medical and diagnostic equipment or servers. An electric current can be generated from the operation of these devices, which will further disable them. In medical settings, where the lives of patients are at stake, this factor can play a detrimental role. Conductive PVC coatings bring all the generated excess current to a special copper strip, which is grounded. Without this, the patient’s life will be in danger.
The photo below shows an example of the use of such a coating.