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Healthcare Flooring

Flooring for Healthcare Facilities

With millions of square meters of our floor coverings installed in healthcare, Forbo is at the forefront when it comes to understanding the needs and concerns of the healthcare marketplace.

Flooring for Hospitals & Healthcare

Expertise in Healthcare

Every Solution. One Supplier.

In the healthcare sector, it's essential that a floor can withstand the day to day impact of heavy equipment, hospital beds and foot traffic.

Whether you require an adhesive free resilient for quick refurbishment of a ward, carpet tiles for office space or specialist ESD flooring for operating theatres, Forbo have flooring products suitable for almost every healthcare environment.

Expertise in healthcare flooring

Did you know? Independent testing by the University of Glasgow demonstrates that Marmoleum is uniquely suitable for a diverse range of environments where hygiene and control of bacteria such as E. coli or MRSA is an everyday concern.

Spaces

Flooring For Hospitals & Healthcare

  • Entrance

    Entrances & Receptions

    First impression of a building

    A clean healthcare facility starts with an effective Entrance Flooring System

    Entrance Flooring Systems from Forbo reduce the risk of slips and trips, as well as reducing maintenance time and saving money.
    Round the clock staff shifts and the constant flow of visitors mean entrance areas in a healthcare environment can take quite a pounding, and wet and dirty soiling can be trailed into the reception area and beyond. Not only can this damage interior floor coverings, it also creates unnecessary health and safety hazards.
    Our fully integrated collection of Entrance Flooring Systems provide an outstanding first line of defence against soil and moisture entering a building to keep cleaning and maintenance costs down while reducing the risk of slips and trips

  • Haga Juliana Kinderziekenhuis

    Circulation Areas

    Durable and safe flooring

    Durable, Slip resistance & Easy to clean

    Circulation areas are busy, noisy places and demand durable and safe flooring. We have a range of products that can offer sustainability, sound reduction and quick installation whilst also having superb durability and slip resistance.

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    Waiting areas

    A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere

    High footfall areas

    A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere is required for the family rooms and waiting areas in hospitals and the flooring must be able to withstand high footfall, the movement of chairs as well as people eating and drinking in these areas. With our wide product range, we can create waiting areas to meet your design and durability requirements.

  • Canteen

    Canteen & Restaurants

    Hygienic flooring

    A vital part of any healthcare building

    Canteens and restaurants are a vital part of any healthcare building as they act as the place where members of staff can recharge, or patients can relax with their friends and family. In these environments, floor coverings must have excellent durability, cleanability and slip resistance, meaning we have many products within our portfolio suitable for these environments.

  • Sphera SD-550000 white | SD 550049 yellow green

    Specialist areas

    A demanding area

    Specialist flooring for sensitive areas

    In sensitive hospital areas such as operating theatres, intensive care units and imaging diagnostic facilities, flooring presents its own unique challenges. Not only must it comply with stringent hygiene regulations to help prevent hospital acquired infections, it must also demonstrate that it meets any necessary safety requirements. And most importantly, it must prevent any electrostatic discharges as these can cause malfunctions, or even failures, in highly sensitive medical equipment and devices.

    For areas that require a more specialised type of flooring, such as electro-static discharge (ESD) protection or increased slip resistance, Forbo have a range of products that meet the very highest standards.

  • Wards and bedrooms

    Wards & Bedrooms

    Ease of cleaning

    Durability, indentation resistance and ease of cleaning

    Durability, indentation resistance and ease of cleaning are important factors when installing a floor in wards and bedrooms in the hospital environment. Forbo understands the needs and concerns of the healthcare marketplace. With our wide range of product we are ready to help you.

  • Administrative offices

    Admin / Meeting rooms

    A functional area

    Comfortable and inspiring

    Departments such as Operations, Accounts and Admin play a huge role in the running of any healthcare establishment and the spaces they work in, often have different flooring requirements to the rest of the buildings they're in. Textile products offer excellent acoustic properties and when modular formats are used, they can quickly adapt to layout changes.

  • Surestep

    Toilets, showers & changing rooms

    Slip resistance

    Toilets, showers & changing rooms

    In healthcare facilities, slip resistance is of paramount consideration in areas where water or spillages could affect safety underfoot. For patients, 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.

    Surestep Laguna Safestep Aqua

Products

Products to use in Healthcare

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Fast Fit collection - adhesive free

- Forbo’s collection of genuinely adhesive free products, Fast Fit, includes entrance products and interior flooring ranges in tile, sheet and plank format for maximum flexibility.

- Speed of installation can reduce downtime by up to half, which is critical in a 24 hour hospital environment.

- Floors can be used straight after installation so no need to wait 48 hours before using heavy traffic.
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Marmoleum – linoleum sheet

- Forbo's Marmoleum products are proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections like MRSA, C Difficile and Norovirus, contributing to a healthier and more hygienic environment in any hospital area

- Marmoleum’s unique Topshield finish reduces soiling and is resistant to staining from hand disinfectants.

- Thanks to its smooth surface Marmoleum does not harbour dust mites, earning it the Allergy UK Seal of Approval

- Marmoleum 2.0mm and 2.5mm are now independently EPD confirmed as CO₂ neutral in the cradle to gate stages of the product’s life cycle.

- Marmoleum has been awarded 12 independent Ecolabels – more than any other floor covering in the world.
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Sphera Element

Sphera – homogeneous vinyl sheet

- SMART-top PUR surface finish means Sphera is highly resistant to chemicals, scratches and stains.

- Inline coating and subsequent embossing ensures superior appearance and durability.

- State-of-the-art steel-belt press and thermofix technology delivers consistent quality.

- Green energy and zero waste technology ensures efficient, sustainable manufacturing.
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Under Control – static control flooring

Our ESD collection of flooring for healthcare delivers advanced technical flooring systems designed specifically to control static discharge in sensitive areas like cleanrooms, operating theatres and server rooms.


Sphera - the sheet solution

Colorex - the tile solution

Colorex plus - the adhesive free solution

Marmoleum Ohmex - the sustainable solution
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Haga Juliana Den Haag - Colorex EC 250234 , SD 150222
Sarlon Sparkling

Sarlon – acoustic vinyl sheet

- With over 30 years experience in this specialist field, Forbo Flooring has produced over 100 million m2 of acoustic floor coverings.

- Phthalate free, Sarlon offers a wide range of colours and designs.

- Sarlon delivers excellent all-round performance ideal for waiting areas where noise pollution can be problematic.

- Sarlon has an impact sound reduction of 15-19 dB, requires minimum cleaning and maintenance and is available in an wide range of colours and designs.
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Eternal – general purpose vinyl sheet

- A general purpose vinyl ideal for waiting areas where a durable solution is vital.

- Available in realistic wood effects, stone and abstract designs, Eternal offers a broad palette of colours with some digitally printed visuals that are designed to inspire.
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Step safety vinyl

Step – safety vinyl sheet

- The Step collection brings varying levels of slip resistance from R10-R12, making it the perfect floor covering for areas liable to spillages

- PUR pearl finish makes Step resistant to scuff marks, improving the ease of cleaning and maintenance.

- Particles in the wear layer of ALL Forbo step safety floors guarantee lifetime sustainable slip resistance.

- Available in over 60 designs in stone and wood effects.
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Surestep Laguna – safety flooring

- Ideal for toilets and changing rooms, Surestep Laguna has been developed specially for barefoot and footwear use and is also suitable for wheelchairs.

- Laguna’s plain, soil-hiding design comes in 15 colourways and is ideal for use in dementia applications.
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Surestep Laguna 181482 Greige Cleaning
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Safestep Aqua – wet room flooring

- Designed for barefoot, soft soled shoe areas and wheelchair use, Safestep Aqua is the ideal floor covering for wet room facilities.

- Safestep Aqua is available in 8 colours and can be installed to meet requirements of application areas such as toilets, wet rooms and changing rooms.
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Allura – luxury vinyl tiles

- The Allura collection blends the aesthetics of realistic, natural wood and stone floors with the benefits of strong, durable vinyl.

- Practical and easy to clean, low maintenance costs.

- Phthalate free and REACH compliant.
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Allura 60280
Caudwell Children's Hospital Flotex Penang

Flotex – flocked flooring

- Flotex is perfect for waiting areas where regular foot traffic and movement of chairs demands a durable floor covering.

- Combines the comfort and warmth of carpet tiles with increased durability and resistance to light soiling, due to its flocked construction.

- Flotex holds the allergy UK Seal of approval™ and comes in a wide variety of colours and stimulating designs.
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Tessera – carpet tiles

- A wide range of multi-construction carpet tiles in many different designs and colours.

- Various formats including planks and XL tiles, making for creative floor design.

- Impact noise reductions up to 30 dB.

- Random lay ranges are available, which can reduce installation waste to 2%.
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Tessera
Coral welcome

Nuway & Coral - entrance systems

-- Forbo's Nuway collection is the recognised market leader in engineered entrance flooring systems.

- Nuway entrance systems are an exceptional first line of defence against soil and moisture getting into your building on shoe soles and treads of wheeled traffic.

- Forbo's Coral collection has been the market-leading textile entrance flooring brand for 50 years.

- Coral has been proven to prevent up to 95% of dirt and moisture entering a building.

- By preventing dirt and moisture getting in, it has also been proven to reduce building cleaning times by up to 65%.

- Coral entrance floors can prolong the life of your floor and greatly reduce cleaning costs and slipping risk.
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Sustainability

Marmoleum - A truly CO2 neutral floor covering

On average, Forbo’s Marmoleum is made from 97% natural raw materials.

That's why it's the world’s leading, sustainable resilient flooring.

The weighted average of the Marmoleum product range is also CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) without offsetting.

The UK Government recently set a new NHS target of net zero carbon emissions by 2040, making the use of Marmoleum in the healthcare sector more relevant than ever.

Find out more about Marmoleum

Marmoleum Concrete in Parker Hannifin Staff Area
Coral Entrance

EFS - keeping the outside world outside

Many of the products in the Forbo Coral collection are made from ECONYL® – a high quality yarn made from 100% regenerated polyamide.

What's more, the primary backing of Coral Welcome is made from recycled plastic PET bottles.

We make Coral in a factory running entirely on green electricity and which sends virtually zero waste to landfill. 100% of the rubber, aluminium and steel waste from our Nuway production is recycled.

For customers wanting a ‘natural’ entrance system, we deliver Nuway Tuftiguard with Bamboo scraper bars. A sustainable species of grass, bamboo is one of earth's fastest growing plants.
Find out more about our EFS products

Tessera - industry leading recycled content

Forbo's UK-produced tufted carpet tiles contain at least 58% recycled material (by weight), with some containing a remarkable 76%.

We've also reduced the amount of virgin materials we use. As an example, instead of throwing them away, we rewind yarn ends and tuft them into our Tessera range. We also offer several ranges comprised of up to 100% ECONYL® regenerated yarn.
Discover the Tessera range

Tessera Cloudscape
Step

Step Safety Vinyl - Making vinyl better

Through our local and international initiatives, we're continually striving to improve the environmental profile of the Forbo vinyl products.

Forbo Step products are 100% phthalate free and use at least 70% recycled content in the backing.

All our vinyl is produced in Europe where it meets the highest possible current and future REACH compliance standards for chemical content.

All the electricity we buy comes from renewable sources. Our vinyl production sites form part of an effective environmental management system that achieves ISO14001 certification.
See the full Step range

iGov Survey

iGov Survey on Hard FM Services in the NHS

To ensure we focus our efforts on the areas that help our public sector clients deliver their hard FM services, we partnered with BiP on an iGov survey.

More than 50 Hospitals, NHS trusts and healthcare providers were included in the survey.

The survey explored:
• How important hard FM is in the NHS and healthcare
• Challenges faced when delivering hard FM services
• How organisations currently manage Hard FM

The key findings are shown below.
To view the full report click here

Healthcare

Importance of well-being

80% of the respondents said well-being was a high priority when considering a solution for hard FM services.

Forbo understands the importance of health and wellbeing in the healthcare sector and our product portfolio has been created with these two factors in mind. High standards of employee comfort and wellbeing lead to optimised productivity.

Read our whitepaper 'How the Design of the Workplace Influences well-being and Productivity'.

FORBO FLOORING OFFICE WHITEPAPER

Forbo partnered with Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre drawing on 25 years of global research and practice, to identify the products in our portfolio that can contribute to improving quality of life for people with dementia. For more information read Do's and Don'ts DSDC

Minimising disruption

63% of the survey respondents said that speed of installation and minimised disruption was a high priority when considering a solution for hard FM services.

That's why we've recently introduced our Fast Fit collection of genuinely adhesive-free products, ideal for the healthcare sector.

The range includes both entrance products and interior flooring ranges, offered in sheet, tile and plank format for maximum flexibility. Quick, easy and economical, the range can reduce installation time by up to half, saving you important downtime.

To find out more visitFast Fit adhesive free products

Minimising slip risks

When asked specifically about health and safety issues surrounding floor coverings, 71% cited minimising slip risks.

Forbo offers three key collections to help keep staff, visitors and patients safe and sound. Firstly, there are our entrance system ranges of Coral and Nuway. They can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture entering a building helping to reduce slips. Find out more about Coral & Nuway

Our Step safety vinyl floor coverings have guaranteed lifetime slip resistance and offer safety solutions for a wide range of applications.See the full Step range

How important is sustainability?

Well, 35% of our survey respondents considered it a high priority in terms of hard FM solutions.

Forbo has an extensive range of policies and actions which support us in our mission of Creating Better Environments. We also understand our social responsibilities as one of a small number of companies in the UK with SA8000 accreditation. This standard is one of the world's foremost social standards and helps to protect workers at every step of the supply chain

To find out more, just click here.Creating better environments

Infection control

Infection control

Helping to win the fight against Hospital Acquired Infection

When it comes to infection control and preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), it makes sense to start from the flooring up. Forbo's Marmoleum products are proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections like MRSA, Norovirus and C Difficile, contributing to a healthier and more hygienic environment in any area of a hospital.

infection control

Marmoleum

Marmoleum is often the preferred flooring solution for healthcare and care environments. Hospitals, private clinics, senior care facilities and assisted living environments all benefit from our Marmoleum hygienic floor covering solution. Easy to clean and maintain, it's also safe, durable and comfortable for both foot and wheeled traffic.

✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalates free
✔ Prevents the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Low emission

Marmoleum is able to inhibit the growth of bacteria due to the natural raw materials that go into its production, principally linseed oil. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum don't diminish over time, giving constant protection and peace of mind from the moment it is installed.

Independent testing by the University of Glasgow has demonstrated that Marmoleum has a unique suitability for a wide range of environments where hygiene and bacteria control such as MRSA or E. coli is a constant concern. The test results for MRSA, Norovirus and C-DIFF can be downloaded below.

The Christie radiotherapy facility - marmoleum
Linoleum

Dementia

Designing for Dementia environments

Age-related changes and impairments often make it more difficult for people to understand and navigate a building. Forbo Flooring Systems partnered with The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) to assess the suitability of over 1,000 floor finishes for use in dementia-friendly environments.

DSDC is an international centre of expertise and knowledge dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. They have drawn on research and practice from across the world for over 25 years, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource for all aspects of dementia.

Find more about how to design for Dementia friendly environments here
Forbo + DSDC: Designing for Dementia environments

Dementia DSDC accredited product

Inspiration & Downloads

Get inspired by our references

Because so many healthcare facilities worldwide have used floors from Forbo Flooring Systems before you, why not gain inspiration from them? Check out our reference section to review existing Forbo flooring solutions in a Healthcare environment. Our reference overview helps you see products in use and illustrates how they are applied.
See references

Reference in healthcare

Floorplanner and design service

We have several tools and services to help you create your floor and decide what would fit best. Our floorplanner helps you place any of our floors in a healthcare environment. You can even combine them to see how this works.
Start playing with our floorplanner

And our design service can go even further by helping you design your floor. Our team of designers is ready; simply get in contact and let them know your requirements. You can send them photos of what you have at the moment together with your desired solution. They will then come up with floorplans and product proposals.
Contact our design team

Floorplanner

Download the healthcare brochure

Every solution. One supplier.

Our healthcare brochure demonstrates how using Forbo will help you deliver every solution, with one supplier.

From entrances to wards, corridors to specialist areas, our brochure illustrates the products suitable for almost every area of the healthcare environment.
Click here to view our healthcare brochure

Prinses Maxima center

View our healthcare video

Sharron Kapellar, National Frameworks Manager, explains why Forbo are the perfect flooring manufacturer to choose for projects in the healthcare environment. to find out more about our portfolio of solutions for healthcare buildings!