The care industry has very specific needs with its flooring needs. Needs like being able to withstand the conditions in a care or nursing home, but lasting long periods of time. There are flooring materials like vinyl which are highly practical but they look sterile and cold, clinical if you prefer. Traditional carpets look and feel luxurious but wear very quickly with high traffic use that is seen in a care home and are costly to replace with such short service life. The second problem is the construction of the carpets makes them susceptible to damage by soiling from dirt and liquids.
In these environments, LBT Flooring would recommend a secondary backed carpet. The reason we would recommend this carpet construction is based on two things.
The top pile is made of either nylon or polypropylene yarn that are highly resistant to dirt and liquids. Carpet cleaning solutions can be used without fear as these yarns remain colour fast and remain presentable throughout their service life with regular cleaning. The backing is made from a range of latex’s whether rubber, foam or gel these stop any liquids including cleaning solutions from reaching the sub floor, this stops bacteria or cleaning solvents from breaking down the adhesive bond to the sub floor. It also stops bacteria from growing out of sight creating foul odours.
We would recommend impervious secondary backed carpet for many areas but it isn’t always suitable. Our service team can identify your flooring needs and suggest the correct materials for your intended use with all our design suggestions we make considerations for the Health and Safety of the residents. Some other companies will cut corners, using inferior materials at the expense of safety, but when it comes to safety there can be no compromise.