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Marmoleum in Healthcare

Healthcare

Marmoleum for healthcare environments

Marmoleum is the desired flooring solution for health and care environments. Hospitals, private clinics, senior care and assisted living environments all benefit from using Marmoleum as a hygienic flooring solution that is easy to clean and maintain as well as durable, safe and comfortable for both wheeled and foot traffic. Marmoleum has the longest warranty of all resilient floors because it lasts.

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

✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalate free
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Low emission

Healthcare

Raw materials & Sustainability

Marmoleum is a floorcovering that works with nature. It is biobased and produced from natural raw materials, many of which, are renewable and grow. The homogenous linoleum can be also be produced indefinitely.

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years, which, you cannot learn at any trade or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum.

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Marmoleum collections

A natural winner! Our linoleum floor coverings with the Marmoleum brand are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Discover the natural beauty of Marmoleum flooring with over 300 colours & designs, ranging from marbled to linear and concrete, available in sheet, tiles & planks.

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Healthcare

CO2 Neutral (without offsetting)

Improve the world, start with the floor. The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) without offsetting, which does not affect the worldwide climate change. It combines ecological values with contemporary design and offers an important contribution to a sustainable world.

Every square meter of Marmoleum we produce actually relieves the environment of 40 grams of carbon dioxide.

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CO2 neutral

Installation & Floor Care

Forbo installation and floor care support is offered through our before and after technical support program called CONNECT. Clear descriptions and manuals are available for our Marmoleum Floorings. Following the guidelines will assure lifetime performance of the floor and offer you lasting appearance retention.

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Design & Inspiration

We offer Marmoleum in many different designs, colors, structures and it is easily combinable with other Forbo floors. Start your journey of inspiration by looking at our latest references or play with designing floors on our floorplanner

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Design

Environment

In line with our sustainability strategy, we use various transparent certification systems from independent third parties worldwide to have our floor coverings regularly checked and evaluated. Marmoleum has multiple characteristics that contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Through our flooring solutions, it is our ambition to make a positive contribution to your health and well-being.

Marmoleum contributes to a healthy indoor environment
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Environment

What's important

What's important?

✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalate-free
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Plastic Free
✔ Easy floorcare

Infection control

Marmoleum's ability to naturally 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. Visit our website to see a list of common bacteria that won't survive on Marmoleum

Infection control

"Most MRSA infections occur in people who've been in hospitals or other healthcare settings."

Phthalate free

Phthalates are a family of chemical compounds primarily used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl flexible and pliable. The added phthalates are often called “plasticizers.” As they are additives and not chemically bound like PVC itself, they can release from the material over time.

Exposure to certain kinds of phthalates has been linked to specific negative health impacts. Created from natural, renewable materials, Marmoleum flooring is the most sustainable and healthy resilient flooring available. It contains no phthalates, no plasticizers and no mineral oil.

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Naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria

While the larger problems of bacterial infection and indoor environmental health may not lend themselves to quick, easy solutions some steps can create an immediate improvement. A good first move is to replace products that add to the problem with ones that reduce the risk naturally.

Marmoleum is made of natural ingredients that resist microbial growth by their very nature. Thanks to the natural raw materials that go into the production, specifically flax seed oil, Marmoleum has the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria. 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 tests prove that MRSA, C-Diff and staphylococcus aureus do not multiply on Marmoleum.

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Durable

Lasting performance

At the same time, the productions applied UV crosslinked Topshield2 has unique characteristics that allow the surface to be repaired or refreshed after years of use or accidents, creating a floor with lasting performance over time.

Topshield2 has been designed to create a ‘ready to use’ Marmoleum that requires no initial sealer or polymer application and is even more resistant to dirt pick-up, less prone to wear and has improved resistance to scratches and stains.

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Topshield2

Topshield2 is Forbo Flooring's high performance UV-finish which is production applied to all Marmoleum floor coverings. Topshield2 prevents staining, scuffing and scratching for lasting appearance retention and provides for easy cleaning and maintenance at lower intervals. Our Topshield2 floor finish takes the performance of our Marmoleum floors to a new dimension.

• No initial sealing or ongoing strip and seal program
• Less soiling and dirt pick-up
• Prevents the growth of bacteria
• Resistant against disinfectants
• Overall improved stain resistance
• Efficient & easy dry cleaning
• Simple maintenance
• Less scratches and dirt traps
• Surface can be repaired
• Surface can be refreshed easily

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Dementia

Designing for dementia

Forbo has partnered with Dementia Services Development Center (DSDC), an international center which draws on 25 years of global research and practice, to identify which products in our portfolio can contribute to improving the quality of life for people with dementia.

Flooring is one of the most essential factors in determining a basis for designing a dementia environment as it has much impact on safety and orientation of a space, giving patients confidence, security and independence.

Dementia

Dementia friendly flooring selection guidelines

• Tonal contrast is critical for materials to be seen against each other.
• Both DSDC and BS8300:2009 recommend a difference of 30 points of LRV between critical surfaces such as floors to walls and doors to walls.
• Adjoining flooring should be tonally similar to reduce the risk of falls.
• Flooring LRVs should be within 8 points of each other (less is better) and no more than 10.
• Transition strips should match the tones of both surfaces with an ideal difference of no more than 3 points of LRV step difference.
• It is recommended that skirtings contrast with both the wall and the door where possible.

Dementia friendly flooring

Do's

• Develop one tonally continuous flooring surface
• Aim to reduce impact sound
• Avoid sensory overload
• Avoid sparkle & pattern
• Opt for matt finishes
• Provide good tonal transition between floors

Don'ts

• Don’t use patterned floors
• Don’t use sparkly floors (perceived as a wet surface / slip risk)
• Don’t use flecked floors (may be perceived as something to pick up)
• Don’t use logos or brands (perceived as an obstacle)
• Don’t use any flooring with a high gloss or shiny finish
(also perceived as being Slippery)
• Don’t use aluminum or brass reflective trims or transitions
(could cause high-stepping)

Personalisation

Make it personal!

Thanks to the exceptional state-of-the-art digital technology, Forbo can offer the option to create your own floor coverings, suitable for Healthcare environments. There are virtually no limits to what can be achieved in terms of aesthetic design, color and intricate detailing.

Our Waterjet cutting technique offers sophisticated designs, perfect to create your own designs on your floor: a logo, text, or a piece of art the possibilities are endless. Choose tailor made laser engraving, with which your own design can be lasered on Marmoleum.

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Waterjet cutting technique

With our Waterjet cutting technique we can create the most refined and detailed floor designs. The very precise water cutting technology offers a sophisticated detailing in the designs. Perfect to create your own design on your floor for example a logo, a piece of art, or even a portrait.

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Beautiful as well as functional

Decorative flooring can be beautiful and functional at the same time. Think about wayfinding on the floor in hallways or zoning different areas of a building to identify them.

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