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Marmoleum in Healthcare

Healthcare

Marmoleum for healthcare environments

Marmoleum is often chosen as the desired flooring solution for healthcare and cure environments. Hospitals, private clinics, senior care facilities and assisted living environments all benefit from using Marmoleum as a hygienic floor covering solution that is easy to clean and maintain as well as durable, safe and comfortable for both wheeled and foot traffic.

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 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
✔ Prevents the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy UK approved
✔ Low emission
✔ Dementia-friendly
✔ Contributes to the NHS net-zero goal

Healthcare

Natural raw materials

Marmoleum is a flooring product made primarily from renewable natural resources. The top layer is linoleum, a bio-based, ecologically produced material made from 97% natural raw materials.

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years. Forbo has been driving this development through its Marmoleum brand. Making Marmoleum is an art, which is not learned 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 Marmoleum floor coverings are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Discover the natural beauty of Marmoleum with over 300 colours and designs, ranging from marbled to linear and concrete, available in sheet, planks and tiles.

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Healthcare

CO2 neutral (without offset)

Improve the world, start with the floor. The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) - without offsetting. Which enables Marmoleum to contribute to the government/NHS goal of becoming net-zero by 2050.

Marmoleum combines ecological values with contemporary design and offers an important contribution to a sustainable world.

Discover why Marmoleum is CO2 neutral (from cradle to gate)

CO2 neutral

Installation & Floor Care

Marmoleum is made to last. Through our installation and floorcare section, we aim to help you with your upcoming Marmoleum installations. Our installation and floorcare pages have comprehensive cleaning, maintenance and installation advice along with a series of YouTube video guides.

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Cleaning marmoleum

Design & Inspiration

Marmoleum has over 300 colours across a variety of designs and formats. The blend of colours and designs offer the versatility to combine with other Forbo products.

View our latest Marmoleum projects, or visualise your ideas using our interactive floor planner.

Marmoleum design & inspiration
Marmoleum projects
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Design

Creating better environments

Inline 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 wellbeing.

Read about how Marmoleum contributes to healthy interiors
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Environment

What's important

What's important?

✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalate free
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria

Infection control

Marmoleum's ability 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.

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 pliant. The phthalates widely selected to soften vinyl are used because of their strong performance, durability and stability. Because they are used to soften vinyl and make it flexible, in these applications they are called “plasticisers.”

Exposure to some kind of phthalates has been linked to the rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Created from natural, renewable materials, Marmoleum flooring is the most sustainable resilient flooring available.

Marmoleum contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.

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Naturally prevent the growth of bacteria

Thanks to its natural raw materials, Marmoleum is naturally bacteriostatic and independently proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections such as MRSA, Norovirus, Acinetobacter baumannii and C Difficile helping to contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment.

An inherent property of the product, the bacteriostatic qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.

Raw Materials

Durable

Lasting performance

Topshield has unique characteristics that allows the surface to be repaired or refreshed after years of use or accidents, creating a floor with lasting performance over time.

Topshield has been designed to create a ‘ready to use’ Marmoleum that requires no initial maintenance 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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Scratch resistant floor

Topshield is Forbo Flooring's high performance UV-finish which is applied to all Marmoleum floor coverings. Topshield prevents staining, scuffing and scratching for lasting appearance retention and provides for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Topshield is also naturally bacteriostatic, resistant to chemicals and hand disinfectants, making it an ideal solution for all heavy traffic environments such as schools, healthcare, offices and public buildings.

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Dementia

Designing for dementia

Forbo has partnered with Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre 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 degrees 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 degrees of each other (less is better) and no more than 10 degrees
• Transition strips should match the tones of both surfaces with an ideal difference of no more than 3 degrees of LRV step difference.
• It is recommended that skirtings contrast with both the wall and the door where possible.

Visit our designing for dementia page for more information

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)

Healthcare environments

Hospitals

Hospitals have very specific requirements for all types of interior finishes. The floor is one of the most important interior aspects, because hospitals get a lot of traffic (both wheeled and foot traffic). Hygiene and long lasting performance of the floor are essential in this healthcare environment.

Discover the advantages of Marmoleum in hospital environments

Marmoleum flooring in Chinook Regional hospital

Personalisation

Make it personal!

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

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Waterjet cutting technique

Our very precise Aquajet water cutting technology makes it possible to reproduce the most intricate designs, logos or text using Marmoleum.

Aquajet Marmoleum

Beautiful as well as functional

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

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