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Flooring solutions for Healthcare

Creating healing environments

With millions of square metres of our floor coverings installed in healthcare, Forbo is at the forefront when it comes to understanding the needs and concerns of hospitals, nursing homes, dental practices, and other healthcare facilities.

Marmoleum in hospital


Especially in healthcare environments, it is important that a floor can withstand the impact of the day to day traffic of heavy equipment, hospital beds, wheelchairs, and heavy foot traffic. Not only today or tomorrow but also in the next decades.

From reception areas and corridors which are subject to heavy footfall, to canteens and family waiting rooms that require a more relaxed atmosphere to areas requiring strict and effective infection control, Forbo Flooring Systems has a flooring solution for every space within healthcare facilities. A total flooring solution, offered by one supplier.

Flooring design
✔ Friendly colours
✔ Way-finding
✔ Camouflage of dirt

Healthy interior
✔ Infection control
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Phthalates free
✔ Low emission

✔ Easy to clean
✔ Anti-viral, bacteriostatic and allergy friendly
✔ Anti-static
✔ Durable
✔ Chemical resistant
✔ Hygienic
✔ Stain & scratch resistant
✔ Low cost of ownership


Would you like to see more healthcare flooring ideas? View our project case studies in Healthcare ➔

Easy application of way-finding

The interior layout of a hospital can have a significant impact on patients and visitors and is often overlooked. A poor layout can cause disorientation and confusion, which can have a negative impact on the experience in your building.

Design of walkways, differentiation of different zones and signage affects the staff and patients / visitors ability to navigate or orient themselves within the facility, especially in large hospitals.

The use of different flooring types, or even signs embedded into the floorcovering for walkways, different zones etc… within the facility, can make navigation throughout much easier for the building user.

Marmoleum Solid 3724 wayfinding icon hallway flooring

Camouflage heavy footfall dirt better

The design and the colour choice of the floor influence the appearance over time. In a hospital with heavy footfall and little time for cleaning it is recommended to use a more marbled design in softer tones for instance. The samples on the right give some guidance on which design will camouflage the most.

Needless to say, good floor care is important for the durability of your floor.

Camouflage: Dirt hiding design floors


In a safe indoor environment, floors are non-toxic, low emitting and compliant to all international standards.

Naturally antibacterial & Infection control

When it comes to infection control and stopping Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), what better place to start than from the flooring up?

The ability of Marmoleum, Forbo's linoleum brand, to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems from the natural raw materials that go into its production, specifically linseed oil. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.

Independent testing by the University of Glasgow has proven that Marmoleum has a unique suitability for a diverse range of environments where hygiene and control of bacteria such as MRSA or E. coli is an everyday concern.

Ingredients of Marmoleum: Forbo's lino flooring brand

Reducing the emission level of VOCs

A key role of all flooring in healthier buildings is reducing the emission level of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in materials and adhesives.

We are constantly working on creating better indoor environments and healthier buildings by supplying floor coverings that are not only functional and comfortable but also safe and environmentally friendly.

Forbo's Marmoleum and Flotex floor coverings are awarded the Allergy UK seal of approval for good indoor air quality.

Floor benefits that's best for health


When choosing floor coverings for a healthcare facility, the type of floor, the way it looks and feels, its performance, as well as functional aspects such as durability, low maintenance and hygiene are important factors to take into account.

Safe and hygienic

A clean and hygienic floor can contribute to the well-being of the patient. Especially in areas where patients with fragile health are treated or nursed, a sterile environment is vital.

When a floor is carrying microorganisms like fungi or bacteria, there is a potential transferal to other areas like medical devices, clothing or staff and finally to the patient. Special precautions are to be taken to reduce microbiological contamination risks to a minimum.

One of the things to pay attention to is that the materials utilised may not serve as a nutrient for microorganisms. Sphera, Forbo's homogeneous viny floors, has been tested according to ISO 846 to evaluate the behaviour of the material. Two external institutes WFK and Fraunhofer IPA, show that Sphera does not contribute to the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Healthcare flooring options: Marmoleum, Forbo's lino flooring brand used in a hospital

Durable and strong

Hospitals require a floor that can cope with heavy footfall and traffic. Our most sustainable flooring solution, Marmoleum, for example, offers scuff and scratch resistance, coupled with the possibility to repair damaged surfaces.

Ease of cleaning and maintenance can also contribute to the longevity of hospital floorings. Hard and soft surfaces have different maintenance needs. At Forbo, we are constantly working on reducing your maintenance needs and costs by further improving our products and giving you the tips and tricks that you need to make sure that your floor stays at its best.

The right floor in the right place ensures the lowest life cycle costs.

Marmoleum flooring in Healthcare facility

Keeping static discharges under control

In hospital areas such as operating theatres, intensive care units and imaging diagnostic facilities, the flooring presents its own unique set of challenges. Not only does the choice of floor covering need to comply with strict hygiene standards to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections, but the generation of electrostatic charges can pose a serious risk to sensitive electronic equipment and devices.

There are a range of different environments within a hospital that require protection from electrostatic discharges (ESD) for the protection of patients, staff and equipment. But do you know how static discharge can be controlled? Visit our blog page by clicking on the link below and find out more about how to keep static discharges under control.
Go to the ESD in healthcare blog

Haga Juliana Den Haag - Colorex EC 250234 , SD 150222 used in hospital operating theatre

Chemical resistance

Floor coverings in healthcare environments are often exposed to a wide variety of spills and potential staining coming from a wide range of chemicals.

For hygienic and aesthetic reasons, it is important that substances that are likely to end up on the floor do not damage the floor.

Both Forbo’s Marmoleum with Topshield pro finish and Forbo’s vinyl floors have a production applied UV-cured PUR coating, which protects the floor against staining.

Marmoleum linear flooring in hospital waiting lounge


We pride ourselves on offering a truly comprehensive product portfolio with leading-edge products specifically designed to cater for all areas, from the entrance area, through circulation and communal zones, to each individual space that meets the healthcare flooring requirements.

Prinses Maxima centre: Healthcare flooring ideas for hospital theatres

Marmoleum, our linoleum brand

Our Marmoleum floors are proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections such as MRSA, Norovirus and C Difficile, helping to contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment in any area of a hospital.

✔ Naturally bacteriostatic and allergy friendly
✔ Climate positive from cradle to gate without offsetting
✔ Endless possibilities in colour & design
✔ Stain & scratch resistant with Topshield pro surface finish
✔ Easy to clean & maintain
✔ Low cost of ownership
✔ Wide selection of colours stocked locally in Australia

Discover Marmoleum floor coverings

Order a free Marmoleum sample

Receive a free sample, so you can experience the natural look and feel of Marmoleum flooring for real. Note that the samples below are only a fraction of the available colour and design combinations available.

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Sphera homogeneous vinyl

Vinyl floors are one of the most common type of flooring in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, because of their durability, low maintenance and versatility.

Homogeneous vinyl is made of one single layer that offers vibrancy and depth of colour. It is incredibly durable, stain-resistant and withstand the constant wear and tear from medical equipment, wheelchairs, and other hospital equipment. Which makes it a great flooring choice for a healthcare facility.

Discover Sphera homogeneous vinyl floors

Bacchus Marsh Hospital Theatres_Sphera homogeneous flooring 50037 hospital grade vinyl

Step safety flooring

In healthcare facilities, slip resistance is of paramount consideration in areas where water or spillages could affect safety underfoot. For patients and staff, using bathroom facilities without worrying about slipping will provide peace of mind. Our Step range significantly reduces the risk of slips in wet areas whilst still creating a modern, fresh interior.

One collection that covers all slip ratings from R10 to R12

Discover Step safety floor coverings

Safety slip resistant flooring and wall vinyl 176312_26504_26514 for healthcare bathrooms

Colorex static control flooring

Our Colorex range of conductive floor coverings has a pore-free surface, ensuring the highest hygiene properties whilst complying with all electrostatic discharge and cleanroom standards. It prevents electrostatic discharges that can cause malfunctions in highly sensitive medical equipment. Colorex is highly stain resistant helping and won’t be tarnished by the regular cleaning and disinfecting cycles that are imperative in hospital environments.
Discover Colorex static dissipative homogeneous floor coverings

Haga Juliana Den Haag - Colorex EC 250234 , SD 150222

Allura luxury vinyl tiles (LVT)

Are you looking for the aesthetics of natural wood or stone floors with the advantages of strong and comfortable vinyl? Explore our Allura LVT collection. Warm underfoot, excellent dimensional stability and easy installation and maintenance.
Discover Allura luxury vinyl tiles (LVT)

Allura 63426

Coral entrance flooring

A well-designed entrance flooring system will prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked in and thereby prolongs the life of interior flooring finishes, reducing cleaning and maintenance costs and the potential for slip injuries. With Coral Entrance Flooring Systems in our portfolio, we can offer an entrance solution for every situation.
Discover Coral entrance flooring solutions

Coral entrance flooring

Total flooring solution

Forbo Flooring Systems can offer a total flooring solution for every space in healthcare facilities. We briefly discussed the most common floors, but there is even more. On the healthcare segment page, you can find all information regarding products, trends and more.....
Visit the Healthcare segment page

Marmoleum natural flooring in the healthcare environment

Inspiring projects in healthcare

  • RonaldMcDonald roof garden

    Ronald McDonald House

    Ronald McDonald House

    Forbo Flooring has sponsored the floors for the new roof garden of the Ronald McDonald house at the children's department of Leiden University Medical Centre. It is an attractive play area for patients and their families, complete with play equipment such as a slide, rocking chairs and even a tree.

    The Marmoleum Walton floor has been carefully selected and meets all the hygiene and safety regulations applicable within the hospital. The cheerful colors give the room a cosy, child-friendly look and feel. All furniture surfaces are finished with Furniture Linoleum.The roof garden was opened mid-September 2018.

  • Healthcare

    Prinses Màxima Centrum

    Prinses Màxima Centrum

    The Prinses Màxima Center is in more than one respect a special hospital. This nationwide top medical center is fighting against childhood cancer and strives for a cure for all her patients!

    Children with cancer are encouraged to continue to develop as much as possible in all respects to prevent delays in personal development. In that context, the hospital contains numerous diversion and movement spaces. Places where children can play, move, discover, and learn.

    The Marmoleum floors ensure clear and colorful recognition of the various spaces. From entrance to operating room to movement space and science center.

  • Haga Juliana Kinderziekenhuis

    Haga Juliana Children's Hospital

    Haga Juliana Children's Hospital

    The modern design of The Haga Juliana Children's Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands, is enhanced by our beautiful light Marmoleum Fresco flooring (3860 Silver Shadow) and various colors of Colorex flooring.