PANDEMIC-PRO Heckmondwike FB discusses how to harness the power of interior design to make learn

With social distancing in effect until further notice, educational and student facilities must adapt to the ‘new normal’. As schools reopened in September, it's vital to provide a safe and hygienic environment.

Corridors, classrooms and breakout rooms must adapt to ensure that staff and students are safeguarded against coronavirus. Facilities managers in the education sector have been tasked with thinking outside the box to consider how these simple spaces can be altered to align with new guidelines.

As the pandemic is predicted to last much longer than we hoped, permanent solutions are needed to adhere to government advice. The best way to pandemic proof educational and student facilities is through interior design, which is useful for creating a hygienic, spacious, and protected space.

HYGIENE THEMES It is important that environments are kept as sterile as possible, to stop germs being contracted and passed on by staff and students. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Coronavirus can live on non-porous surfaces such as plastic and laminate for up to 72 hours. Therefore, these are not the best materials to use within a busy commercial space.


Washing hands after touching surfaces is the first line of defence against coronavirus, but carefully selected materials for surfaces are a further preventative measure. There is a need, now more than ever, to create a clean environment that reassures staff, students and parents that learning spaces are safe.

Materials must be able to cope with the heavy cleaning measures which are required in order for the spaces to qualify for opening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is the best practice for prevention of COVID-19. Flooring must be able to withstand this process, without fading or becoming ruined.

Some studies suggest that porous surfaces, such as carpet, are less hospitable to coronavirus, as cold and flu viruses survive for a much shorter time on these materials. This means that carpet is one of the safest and most hygienic flooring solutions on the market, which makes it perfect for schools, colleges and universities.

Innovations, such as our Supacord Carpet Tiles, are robust enough to withstand intensive cleaning, as well as heavy traffic

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