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.
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 thousands of 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, we have a range of products to meet your needs.
Don't take our word for it, see examples of how our products have been used in healthcare environments.
Fact: 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.
First impression of a building
An Entrance Flooring Systems plays an important role in a facility's risk management and maintenance strategy to prevent moisture and dirt from entering the building and reduce the risk of slips and trips, as well as reducing maintenance time and costs.
Round the clock staff shifts and the constant flow of visitors mean entrance areas 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.
Durable and safe flooring
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.
With millions of square metres of floor coverings installed in healthcare establishments around the world every year, Forbo is at the forefront when it comes to understanding the needs and concerns of the health sector in regards to flooring.
A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere
A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere is required for the family rooms and waiting areas in hospitals however, the flooring must still be able to withstand high footfall as well as people eating and drinking in these areas. The high footfall and the movement of chairs in these areas requires a durable flooring solution. With our wide product range we can provide solutions that fits your need.
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, clean-ability and slip resistance, attributes that several products within the Forbo range all possess.
A demanding area
For areas that require a more specialized 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.
A demanding area
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.
The highest standards of hygiene
Colorex satisfies all these requirements. Its conductive properties allow you to avoid the negative effects of an accumulation of static electricity. At the same time, the compact, pore-free surface is unfriendly to bacteria and moulds, helping you to maintain the highest standards of hygiene.
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.
A functional area
For hospitals to run efficiently, there is a team of staff which usually operate from offices within the hospital. Textile products offer excellent acoustic properties and when modular formats are used they can quickly adapt to layout changes.
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.Safestep Aqua Surestep Laguna
Products to use in Healthcare
Our 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.
Marmoleum’s unique Topshield pro finish, reduces soiling and is resistant to staining from hand disinfectants. Marmoleum is approved by allergy UK as thanks to its smooth surface, it does not harbor house dust mites. 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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Our Colorex range of conductive floor coverings has a pore free surface, ensuring the highest hygiene properties whilst complying with all ESD and clean room 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.
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More information about Colorex in Healthcare environments
A general purpose vinyl perfect for waiting areas where a durable solution is key. Eternal is available in realistic wood effects, stone and abstract designs, a broad palette of colors and some digitally printed visuals which are designed to inspire.
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Eternal step is perfect for areas prone to spillages, the Eternal step collection offers varying levels of slip resistance from r10-r12. PUR pearl finish means Eternal step is resistant to scuff marks and improves the ease of cleaning and maintenance. Particles in the wear layer of ALL Forbo Eternal step safety floors guarantee lifetime sustainable slip resistance. Eternal step is available in a wide variety of wood and stone effects.
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Staff and patients alike can feel safe when using wet room facilities installed with Eternal step Aqua. Eternal step Aqua is designed for barefoot, soft soled shoe areas and wheelchair use. It is available in 8 colors, Eternal step Aqua can be installed to meet the requirements of application areas such as wet rooms, changing rooms and toilets.
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The Allura collection offers the aesthetics of realistic, natural wood and stone floors whilst giving the benefits of a strong and durable vinyl. Allura is practical and easy to clean, Allura offers high quality aesthetics with low maintenance costs. Allura is also phthalate free and REACH compliant.
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Flotex is the perfect solution for waiting areas where foot traffic and movement of chairs requires a durable floor covering. It provides the comfort and warmth of a carpet with increased durability thanks to the flocked design. Flotex holds the allergy UK Seal of approval™ and is available in a wide range of colors and stimulating designs.
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By keeping out dirt and moisture at the entrance, cleaning costs can be cut by up to 65%. Our Nuway collection is the recognized market leader in engineered entrance flooring systems. Nuway entrance systems provide an outstanding first line of defense against soil and moisture entering a building, on the soles of shoes and the treads of wheeled traffic. It helps to keep your interior floor coverings dryer and cleaner whilst also preventing slips.
Our Coral collection has been the market leading, textile entrance flooring brand for 50 years. It offers more choice than ever before with attractive and sustainable clean-off systems and is available in styles and constructions to suit all applications, budgets and aesthetic requirements. Coral entrance floors can prolong the life of your floor as well as greatly reduce cleaning costs and the risk of slipping.
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Helping to win the fight against Hospital Acquired Infection
When it comes to infection control and stopping Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), what better place to start than from the flooring up? Our 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.
Marmoleum is chosen as the desired flooring solution for healthcare and cure environments to date. 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.
✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalates free
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Low emission
Marmoleum's ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems from the natural raw materials that go into its production, namely 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. The test results for MRSA, Norovirus and C-DIFF can be downloaded below.
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 electro-static 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. Or go directly to our ESD and cleanroom flooring products.
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The queen of nursing herself, Florence Nightingale, was well aware of the power of the environment in healthcare settings. Now, over a century-and-a-half later, Nightingale’s patient-centered approach to nursing is once again evident in the prevailing trends in architecture and design within healthcare.
The current shift away from solely utilitarian healthcare design towards a more sensitive approach acknowledges the ability of design to influence mood, evoke states and shape behaviors that promote healing and wellbeing in patients.
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Many healthcare facilities worldwide used floors from Forbo Flooring Systems before you. Visit our reference section and get inspired by existing Forbo flooring solutions in a Healthcare environments. Our reference overview will help you to see products in use and how they are applied.
To create your floor and make up your mind what would fit best we have several tools and services. Our floorplanner helps you to place any of our floors in a healthcare environment or even combine them so you can see how this works.
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Our design service can even go further. We can help you design your floor. Our team of designers is ready for you, get in contact and let them know the requirements, sent them the pictures of the current situation or the desired solution and they will come up with floorplans and product proposals.
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The responsibility for forging global partnerships with key clients is entrusted to our most experienced Key Account Managers. Dedicated to customer care, their only remit is to ensure that Forbo delivers a flooring solution that is ideally suited to your needs.
• We can supply international quotations and have experience with international order processes and local regulations
• We manage international logistics
• We have 20 years partnerships with worldwide customers
As a global partner we stand next to you on a local level. Our design team can offer guidance and assistance as required. Our technicians speak the language of the flooring installers and in this way everybody is aligned.
• Forbo Flooring Systems is part of the Swiss Forbo Group
• Key figures Forbo Group 2019:
> Net sales 1282.2 CHF Mio
> Employees 5.600
• A worldwide presence:
> 25 production facilities and distribution companies
> 6 assembly centers
> 48 pure sales organizations in a total of 38 countries across the globe
• European manufacturer with factories in The United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Russia.
• European logistics and responsiveness
We care about you and the environment
• We have received various labels and certification for your products and or production facilities.
• All of our manufacturing sites are ISO certified. Raw materials are used efficiently, waste is recycled whenever possible.
• We are committed to social responsibility, the Forbo sites are certified according to SA8000.
creating better environments
We offer you:
• A sole source of supply for all your flooring requirements
• Local advice, support and cross border project management
• Efficiencies of scale, certainty of supply and rapid delivery
Above all one single contract and one single point of contact to save you time and money.
Local teams working with local representatives
Throughout the duration of a project, your Forbo Key Account Manager serves as your single point of contact for any questions, from anywhere in the world.
We believe that this approach saves you time, eliminate hassle and uncertainty and ensures consistency and reliability, no matter how complex your project.