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HEALTH & SAFETY


Renovating to create a monolithic or ‘flat’ surface eliminates areas such as seams and creases where bacteria like to grow. It ensures that floors resist bacteria and microorganism growth, including those hiding in joints, scratches, and other hard-to-reach areas which are almost impossible to remove no matter how rigorous the cleaning regime.


In fact, monolithic surfaces are highly effective ways to improve and maintain floor hygiene in a care home environment. In heavy traffic scenarios, surfaces can be sealed for additional durability as well as long-term protection.


As resilient floors become damaged or heavily worn, poor condition impacts function and safety as well as aesthetics. To support residents to move around safely and confidently, floors need to prevent slips, trips and falls. Yet when floors become slippery there is an increased risk of falls for older people. However, anti-slip additive found in some renovation solutions increase durability and protection against slips and falls, and staff and residents oſten notice a distinct difference in the grip of the floor.


RENOVATION REQUIRES LOW MAINTENANCE


Any imperfections in a floor’s surface increases cleaning problems and requires greater time and effort to ensure adequate levels of hygiene; it can be very labour intensive to maintain old flooring, on top of the associated expense.


Flooring that requires a higher level of maintenance also means a greater level of inconvenience to staff and residents if areas of the home are closed off to facilitate essential works.


With monolithic flooring however, the flat surface requires significantly less time to clean and fewer resources including cleaning products. It is a straightforward process which allows time to be allocated elsewhere, improving efficiencies and costs.


LESS DISRUPTION TO RESIDENTS AND STAFF


Renovation of resilient flooring can be completed in a matter of hours and is far more time efficient than the lengthy


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process of installing brand new flooring, which requires residents and staff to keep clear of those areas for days in a row. Instead, some renovation systems can reduce the downtime by up to 50%, and oſten following application of the final layer, flooring can even be used the same day. This means significantly less inconvenience for residents, families, and members of staff.


ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE


The importance of sustainability in the care home sector has gained greater prominence over the years. Increasingly, care homes are adopting methods to reduce their carbon footprint, largely around green technologies such as solar heating or smart technologies that reduce the amount of electricity being used.


However, what lies underfoot also has a role to play in sustainability in the sector. When old flooring is ripped out, it creates dust and germs which can be environmentally damaging. More oſten than not, old flooring finds its way to landfill.


A recent IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Report revealed compelling results on the renovation of resilient flooring. It found that refinishing resilient flooring surfaces offers a 92% reduction in carbon footprint compared to floor replacement.


UP TO 50% CHEAPER THAN NEW FLOORING


The renovation route boasts significant financial benefits too, most prominently, it reduces the initial cost of replacement by up to 50%. The minimal downtime required for the renovation process saves money too, while its durability reduces the frequency of replacement, providing excellent value for money.


The Bona Resilient System has been developed for use for refurbishing PVC, linoleum and rubber floors but can also be used to treat LVT floors post-installation, in order to provide increased protection, but also to seal any fine joints producing a more homogenous and hygienic surface.


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