Laboratory Flooring: Selecting the right surface
A sound foundation to any room is important – but in the laboratory, choosing the right flooring is critical. Laboratory flooring should be easy to clean, slip-resistant, moisture-proof, non-permeable, non-staining, non-absorbent and most important of all, easy to maintain. In many cases it also needs to be durable enough to withstand personnel or pupils dropping sharp tools or equipment, without the floor becoming damaged.
These are just the basic requirements for flooring in a standard laboratory and we recognise that some laboratories have additional needs. For example, flooring may also need to be chemically resistant, able to withstand extreme heat or cold, abrasion resistant where trolleys or trucks are being used, oil and grease resistant, electrostatic-dissipative, resistant to biocides, bacteriostatic or anti-microbial.
Your choice of laboratory flooring also needs to take into account how the area is to be cleaned. Standard laboratory flooring needs to be resistant to disinfectant, detergent and water, allowing thorough regular cleaning without deterioration. In some cases where the floor will be cleaned with very hot water, steam cleaned or fumigated, we can recommend specific suitable products.
Aside from its performance features, laboratory flooring also has aesthetic importance – adding depth and colour to your laboratory. The visual aspects of your flooring choice are particularly important in an educational setting. Colour can impact the mood of both teachers and students; and certain colours and tones can impact academic progress and test results. Splashes of colour can help boost levels of stimulation and facilitate student engagement.
Every laboratory – whether installed in a school or commercial environment – will have its own specific flooring needs and our extensive knowledge allows us to supply the ideal flooring to serve your laboratory, within your budget.
InterFocus can undertake any flooring job, from removing to relaying. We will help you select the right flooring suitable for your laboratory’s individual needs and budget. Our range includes vinyl, tiles and lino. When it comes to flooring we use some of the top brands available, providing our customers with hygiene and safety for the most demanding environments.