Flooring that Meets Medical Facilities Standards
The healthcare industry faces specific challenges when it comes to choosing flooring materials. Each area in the facility has specific needs that must be met while still maintaining the most stringent hygiene standards. When determining the best flooring for each area, you will need to consider not just comfort and safety but also durability, point load, rolling load, cleanability, aesthetics, cost, and of course, sanitation. For this reason, antimicrobial epoxy floors continue to be a top choice for medical facilities everywhere.
Considerations for Medical Facilities and Hospital Floors
Comfort and safety
Staff and visitors alike often spend a lot of time on their feet, which means that flooring should not be excessively hard. The right flooring will not place excessive pressure on joints and will be less likely to cause injury during falls.
Flooring must not just be smooth for equipment transfer, but it also needs a certain amount of slip resistance. This includes few or no edges, seams, or height differences that could lead to trips or falls.
Medical facility flooring is exposed to a wide variety of contaminants. For the safest environments, it needs to be resistant to spills and sealed against microbes.
The floor should not only be antimicrobial but should also be easy to clean, maintain, and disinfect for maximum ROI. The floor needs should be capable of withstanding heavy traffic of all kinds, including equipment, patient transport, and foot traffic, and it must be simple to clean without any time-intensive methods or excessive downtime.
Flooring should be attractive, complementing the overall design aesthetic of your facility. Reflective surfaces improve lighting in an area, which can further reduce fall risks.
The Benefits of Epoxy for Medical Facilities
Blackrock Industrial flooring contractor in Miami offers epoxy flooring, a seamless flooring solution that is designed to resist microbes, stains, moisture, and the heavy traffic of medical facilities. Its high-performance finish can withstand the harshest conditions while providing consistently good results in virtually all environments.
The seamless surfaces eliminate the risk of microbe-harboring crevices, which can increase the risk of healthcare-associated infections. The epoxy is strong, too, designed to resist impacts and punctures, like those caused by falling instruments or equipment. Any kind of spill can be quickly and easily cleaned without worries of potentially dangerous residue left behind in hard-to-clean crevices. Your facility will be clean, sanitary, and functioning at its peak.
The naturally slip-resistant nature of epoxy can be enhanced with slip-resistant additives, reducing fall-risk while its low-maintenance finish increases the return on your investment. Epoxy flooring needs only sweeping and periodic mopping and spot cleaning as needed. They resist chemicals and stains, including stains from Betadine. There is no need to strip or wax, and even heavily soiled floors typically respond well to gentle cleansers.
At Blackrock Industrial flooring contractor in Miami, we specialize in seamless epoxy hospital flooring. Call us today to learn more about using epoxy floors in hospitals or to schedule a site visit from our team.