Long-lasting legacy with care

ENSURING that our elderly have a decent level of comfort is close to the heart of GERFLOR, the company says. The Orchard Grove Care Home is a care centre for the elderly, located in Prospecthill Circus in the Toryglen area of Glasgow. This 120-bed residential unit was named by the residents and has eight units. Each unit has been named after a fruit to reflect the name of the home.  

The Orchard Grove Residential Care Home needed flooring solutions that could meet their exacting standards of safety and provide easy cleaning and maintenance. The facility required some 2000sq m of flooring for their halls, en-suites, in-house hairdressers, staff changing facilities, cleaner’s cupboards and kitchen areas. Providing a long-lasting result would be paramount for Gerflor in supplying the correct balance of flooring products which included; Taralay Impression Comfort, Tarasafe Standard and Mipolam Cosmo. Nearly four years on and the overall specification has reportedly been delivering fantastic results all round.

The Tarasafe vinyl safety flooring range is reportedly available in over 80 finishes and is reinforced with a glass fibre grid, which Gerflor says makes it suitable for use in all areas of heavy traffic where slip-resistance, durability and hygienic conditions are required. Using mineral crystal particles, rather than the industry standard carborundum, Tarasafe is claimed to be easier to install, lighter and more flexible to handle. The range reportedly has a maximum hygiene rating meeting the EN Standard 22196 for anti- bacterial activity and comes with a 12-year warranty. Tarasafe is said to be stain and chemical resistant and comes with the SparClean surface treatment.

Mipolam Cosmo from Gerflor is suitable for heavy traffic areas in healthcare, education and other busy environments.

Mipolam Cosmo is also said to offer low potential for slip when tested to BS 79762:2002. It’s reportedly easy to maintain and provides outstanding stain resistance. By combining Mipolam Cosmo with its Evercare surface treatment, Gerflor says it has ‘redefined the standards for smooth homogeneous calendared flooring’.

Also, specified for nursing home applications, Taralay Impression Comfort from Gerflor  is  an  acoustic  multi-layered  vinyl  floorcovering  available  in  2m  wide  sheet,  with  a  group  T  wear  rating. Taralay Impression Comfort reportedly comprises a Very High Density (VHD) foam backing reinforced with glass fibre and a printed design that’s protected by a transparent wear layer (0.65 mm thick) which is said to offer 19 dB sound insulation and an indentation resistance of 0.08 mm. The product is protected by a UV cured surface treatment Protecsol which Gerflor says is easy to maintain. It is 100% compliant with REACH and 100% recyclable.

A crucial element of the specification would also need to ensure that the Light Reflection Value (LRV) would not exceed 15 on the LRV scale. Happily, the Gerflor products specified all reportedly met the required criterion.
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