The Latest Technology in Flooring: Antimicrobial and Antibacterial
When it comes to taking care of your family, there are many things to focus on. One important element is the health of your family and how the very home you live in may affect their well-being. One way to aid in better care is with antimicrobial and antibacterial flooring. It’s not just for restaurants and hospitals.
If you’re like us, home is a place to unwind and relax. We expect it to be a safe place. For others, home can be a very dangerous place.
If you have allergies, asthma, or any of the many other diseases that affect your respiratory system, home can be a dangerous place if its not clean and bacteria free. According to a nationwide survey, over half of all Americans test positive for at least some allergens, and many are of the indoor variety, such as dust, mold and pet dander.
The floor is typically the last place we think of when it comes to germs, yet we track in the outside every time we walk in and keep our shoes on! Think about it. We walk on city streets, mud, dirt, and ah hem other material that is better left outside and it gets on our shoes and then we keep our shoes on and walk all over our floors. Then we lay on our floors or sit on the floor to watch TV or play games, etc. It’s not just the kitchen or dining room that we need to be concerned with. Are ya getting the picture yet?
Here is more on the latest antimicrobial and antibacterial technology in flooring.
What is Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Flooring?
For years, places concerned with health have used flooring that inhibits the spread of bacteria and microbes. From hospitals and commercial kitchens to research laboratories and shower rooms – these companies realize the importance.
According to the Manufacturing site, using a poultry factory as an example:
For poultry facilities, resinous flooring made of cementitious urethane resin provides exceptional advantages to operations concerned with minimizing the presence of dangerous pathogens.
Fortunately, there are options for the home. This type of flooring works to extend the five-second rule in your home. Either the flooring will have the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties built-in or there is a protective coating that goes over your new floor.
What does the flooring do? Antimicrobial and USDA-approved flooring with contamination-fighting additives inhibits the growth of potentially dangerous bacteria across the surface as well as throughout the flooring material. The seamless, non-porous surface stands up to chemicals used in rigorous cleaning, abrasion from heavy traffic and thermal shock from hot water washdowns can cause concrete and other types of flooring to crack, potentially harboring harmful bacteria.
Types of Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Flooring
If you are looking at new flooring choices, determining which will offer you the highest levels of antimicrobial and antibacterial materials on the market today, there are many options available right now. Obviously, there are different types of flooring that are naturally protective and the coatings, as mentioned. Here are a few choices.
Cork, also known as suberin, is one surface that naturally repels things bacteria and microbes. The reason it is so effective is due to its naturally waxy surface. This material has the property of naturally repelling small vermin and insects. In Arizona, we can use that, right? We have enough creepy crawlies in the desert landscape. Keep them outside. This makes cork floors more resistant to growth and colonization of these organisms and can help promote a more healthy environment.
Cork has many other benefits that may help push it forward on your checklist. Because cork is a natural, recurring material, its one of the greenest flooring choices on the market today. Because it creates a soft surface, it can insulate and provide cushion in the rooms where you need it most. They make great choices for rooms frequently inhibited by children or the elderly because of their give. They are also easy to maintain, and when installed correctly, require a minor amount of work each week to keep them looking their best.
This type of flooring has a hard surface that does not allow it to retain allergens or germs. Not only is it typically unfriendly to bacteria and microbe, but certain brands have additional properties that fight germs. For instance, some have a chemical activated by sunlight or those that have used high temperatures to negate pollutants.
Vinyl has come a long way. While vinyl floors offer superb protection against potential bacteria, like anything, it is important to make the right choice with vinyl. When shopping and making your final selection, make sure you do your research and talk with a flooring consultant about environmentally safe vinyl floors. Some vinyl flooring can produce off-gassing, which has the ability to make sensitive family members even sicker.
If you choose vinyl with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, they will be more environmentally sound, and create a great barrier in your home that is both easy to clean and safe from the things that can negatively impact your health the most.
Likewise, vinyl flooring comes in many styles and colors, and like cork, can provide a softer, more insulated flooring choice that makes it good for both kids and the elderly. With many of today’s luxury vinyl choices, you can create any look you are trying to achieve – so why not choose one of the many wood, tile or stone patterns available today? Vinyl floors are only limited by your imagination, proving once and for all that style, health and safety can all move hand in hand throughout your home.
A natural linoleum called Marmoleum is one that has organic bactericidal properties. Interestingly, this type of flooring has been around for years so it is tried and true and is also the first product in flooring to receive the Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ certification.
These are just a few of the options when it comes to flooring that helps protect your family’s health and one of the major benefits is that there is a myriad of choices in type of flooring, brand, and more.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Ugly
Let your flooring inspire the look, not the other way around! Think about introducing patterned flooring into your room design. Distinctive natural stone and wood characteristics, or creatively arranged tiles and planks could really make your room stand out. Incredible realism and dramatic natural color patterns emerge from the random clefts, mineral veining, and scale variations that look just like what you find in nature — but without the cold, hard qualities of natural stone.
You can rely on the natural color patterns in these wood-look or stone-look tiles, or enhance the visual interest of your room by customizing your own patterns or choosing a style that incorporates an interesting design and creates a focal point in the space And you still get the awesome benefits of Antimicrobial flooring.
Here is a crazy idea if you are bold enough to try it: find a wood-look Antimicrobial flooring and select mixed species or wood colors to create a truly unique floor or even try mixed width or mixed length plank tiles to really shake things up.
Benefits of Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Flooring
So now that we talked your leg off about the types of Antimicrobial flooring, Here are some benefits. While you may realize the main benefit of this type of flooring, there are other benefits you should be aware of:
- Rugs and carpet will not have musty odors
- The flooring choices are not only lovely, but they are durable too
- This type of flooring also helps prevent discoloration and stains
- The backing and base of the carpet fibers and kept protected and cleaner
Treatments for Existing Floors
Keep it clean folks! Regular cleaning and sanitizing is a great way to prevent the growth of microbes on the floors surface. Over time, any flooring will begin to wear from constant use. For luxury vinyl floors for example, there are antimicrobial or antibacterial protective coatings that are used on these more porous choices.
For carpet, there are chemical guards in the adhesive that slows material breakdown and helps prevent attacks from microbes and bacteria.
Schedule a free in-home estimate with Express Flooring to learn more about what we have to offer in antimicrobial and antibacterial flooring options. Whether it’s carpet for your children’s rooms or flooring for the kitchen – we provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on what is best for your family.