Entrance flooring for minimising accidents and maintenance costs
Preventing slips and trips in a healthcare facility is key to protecting patients – and especially those particularly vulnerable to falls, as well as visitors and employees.
‘Luckily,’ says Forbo Flooring Systems, ‘there are flooring solutions available to help minimise accidents, including entrance systems’. The flooring specialist said: “An effective entrance flooring system will prevent dirt and moisture from entering a building, which in turn can reduce accidents and protect interior floor coverings. However, that’s not all. The WELL Building Standard states that an entrance flooring system can also reduce pollutants entering a building, which will help create a healthy and better indoor environment for all occupants.”
Forbo Flooring Systems claims that its Coral collection has been ‘the market-leader’ for over 50 year’, and that, ‘whether facing rain, snow, sand, or soil, it keeps the outside from getting inside’. In fact, Forbo explains, testing by Cleaning Research International has shown that Coral can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture from entering a building, with each square metre able to remove up to 5 kg of dirt or 6 litres of water, which in turn can reduce the time spent cleaning interior floorcoverings by up to 65%.
Forbo’s Coral collection has also recently been updated. It now comprises four existing products: Coral Brush, Coral Classic, Coral Duo, and Coral Welcome, ‘a colour refresh’, as well as two new solutions – Coral Grip and Coral Interior.
Coral Grip is ‘a robust dirt and grit remover for inside and outside use, ideal for areas leading to and from leisure or sports environments’, while Coral Interior is ‘a unique concept that completes an entrance flooring system’. Forbo said: “To prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked into a building, and thus prolong the life of interior floorcoverings and reduce maintenance costs, it is suggested that a three-zone entrance flooring system is designed – which is where Coral Interior comes into play.”
Available in eight colourways, Coral Interior has been developed for use ‘in zone three’, such as in reception and larger circulation areas upon entering a building. The ‘innovative modular design’, comprising a mix of planks and tiles, can also be colour matched with other Coral products, while with no pattern, tiles and planks can be laid randomly to create a unique design.
“The update now means there are a variety of ranges to suit all applications and locations,” Forbo explained. “For example, for projects that require minimal downtime and a quick turnaround, Forbo’s Coral Click range is the perfect solution; the tiles’ interlocking mechanism means they can be simply ‘clicked’ together using a rubber hammer.”
Available in a selection of Coral Brush colours as standard, Forbo also offers a plain PVC tile, which can be used as a perimeter fill-in for matwells, or as the initial matting, where it will remove coarse dirt from the soles of shoes and treads of wheels.
For more information about Coral and how Forbo can help you on your next healthcare project, visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/coral