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Safety flooring is a vinyl flooring that has a grippy surface. It is designed to go into areas that are prone to slips (i.e areas with water). It comes in various different gauges to combat different levels of slip. This type of vinyl is usually found in Commercial kitchens, wet rooms, shower areas, toilets, heavy duty back areas, hygienic areas, behind bars, generally places that take a lot of traffic and require a safety element to it.
The standard 2mm vinyl flooring is designed for the majority of areas but it is produced in 2.5mm for heavy traffic areas and 3mm for commercial kitchen areas that are prone to lots of grease.
You can also use safety flooring in areas that are designed for wet bare foot traffic, i.e. wet rooms, edges of swimming pools, showers etc. But you have to have specific products that are designed for these areas. These are usually a safety floor with a raised embossed finished to help with bare foot. One manufacturer, Altro, has also developed a product that has done away with the raised embossed feature but will still be suitable in very wet areas.
As this type of flooring is mainly laid in wet areas or areas that are going to have a lot of water on them, they usually have a skirting feature laid with them at the same time. The majority of the time this is where we take the vinyl flooring up the walls 100 – 150mm and finish it with a capping strip. This is known as cap and cove. It is designed to enable easier cleaning for the area and to ensure water can’t escape around the perimeter.
Safety flooring is widely available and manufactured by several companies;
Each company have several ranges they produce and each range has a large selection of colours available. They are all now starting to produce wood effect safety flooring to give a much better choice when it comes to renewing you floor coverings.
Safety flooring was always known as an issue to maintain and keep clean. Similar to the smooth vinyl flooring the manufacturers have seen that there is a problem and have created their own version of technology to help customers maintain their new floor coverings so they keep performing as they should. Again each company have their own recommended cleaning and maintenance guides for each product and that information is available from us or via their websites in an easily downloadable format. Please contact us for any inquiries regarding safety flooring throughout Cambridge & Peterborough.
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