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Minimising cleaning and maintenance costs with entrance flooring systems

As we know, facilities management is key to maintaining a clean, safe and healthy building for end users to work, play, learn and live in. However, with budgets becoming tighter year-on-year, cleaning and maintenance regimes are often one of the first services to be heavily effected, despite the enormous amount of dirt and moisture being walked into a building from the soles of shoes and treads of wheels.

And if dirt and moisture is tracked into a building, it can have a detrimental effect on the interior floor finishes, not to mention creating a potential slip hazard on hard floors for those that use the building. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips account for 31% of the most common accidents in work.

However, this problem can be controlled by installing an effective entrance flooring system, to ensure end users of a building enjoy a safe transition through the entrance, all while providing facility and building managers with many benefits.

The industry recommendation is to use at least three metres of an entrance flooring system for light use areas and up to seven metres for busy entrance areas. The general rule is the more matting used, the more effective the entrance flooring system is at preventing dirt and moisture from entering a building.

There are many commercial entrance flooring systems available on the market, but one of the best is Forbo Flooring Systems’ Coral range. Having been the international leader in textile entrance flooring for more than 50 years, Coral delivers superior performance in even the toughest environments. Whether facing rain, snow, sand or soil, it keeps the outside from getting inside. In fact, testing by Cleaning Research International has shown that Coral can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture from entering a building, with each m2 of Coral able to remove up to 5kg or 6 litres of water, which in turn can reduce the time spent cleaning interior floor coverings by up to 65%.

Consisting of eight individual ranges, the collection has been designed to cater for the soiling behaviour of various environments, from schools and offices, to healthcare buildings and shopping centres. For example, Coral Brush is the great all-rounder, as it is suitable for all types of entrance flooring areas, absorbing moisture and removing dry soiling as the weather demands. Whereas Coral Duo is the ideal solution when you need maximum dirt removal, unrivalled dirt retention and exceptional moisture absorption, all in just a couple of paces.

For those who want to create a design statement at the entrance of a building, Coral Welcome packs the style and aesthetic appeal of a luxury carpet, thanks to its contemporary linear pattern and rich deep pile, while being able to prevent moisture and dirt being tracked onto interior surfaces. What’s more, Coral Welcome is also an environmentally advanced entrance flooring, thanks to its use of Econyl 100% regenerated yarn, which is made from regenerated industrial and postconsumer waste, and the use of recycled PET bottles in its primary backing.

Preventing dirt and moisture from being tracked further into a building, will optimise the long-term wear and appearance of the interior floor coverings – and most importantly, help to prevent slips. Therefore, when it comes to choosing an entrance flooring system, it is recommended that you liaise with a reputable manufacturer to ensure you choose the correct entrance flooring system for the job!For more information about Coral and how Forbo can help you on your next project, please visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/coral

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