Specifying Flooring But Worried About Infections? These 5 Factors Can Help Narrow Your Choices

INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance for floor covering installers, issued recently five best practices that it believes commercial architects and designers should employ when specifying floor coverings in this new era of heightened infection control.

While INSTALL’s suggestions mainly apply to health care facilities, “they can be used in several commercial applications, including hospitality settings, institutional design, and more,” says organization, which is aligned with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

INSTALL’s five best practices for specifying products are:

  • Check for compatibility with disinfectants.
  • Examine how quickly and efficiently the flooring can be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Ask whether the flooring under consideration provides the right aesthetics. For instance, in the case of health care facilities, you want the flooring’s look and feel to promote healing and create a calm, restful environment.
  • Look for non-porous surfaces. You don’t want your flooring to provide a haven for germs and bacterial.
  • Consider the flooring’s impact on acoustics, traction, and handling loads, as well as long-term maintenance and replacement costs.

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