Caring Carpet

In Blog by Andy Potts

Healthcare represents a particularly demanding sector of the market for manufacturers as carpets suitable for care homes, hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and sheltered housing must be resilient and easy to clean. The cleaning aspect is critical in care homes and sheltered housing settings, where elderly or infirm residents are particularly vulnerable to infections. But can care home carpets really be hard-wearing, low-maintenance and attractive? We think they can.

Safety first

The very first word when it comes to flooring in a care environment must be ‘safety’. Our go to ranges for the healthcare sector are our Pure Care and Total Care carpets, which are manufactured to meet all relevant flammability tests and offer antistatic properties, making them a great choice for residential care homes and sheltered housing.

Some floor coverings can become slippery when moisture enters a building on people’s shoes or via wheelchairs or other walking aids. It is important to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls by selecting the right entrance product; our entrance and transition area carpets and carpet tile products like Vanquisher and Hippo are extremely robust and ideally suited to high usage areas.

Hard-wearing

Longevity is undeniably an important consideration when it comes to any carpet, but especially so in a busy care facility, where it must be able to withstand heavy footfall and the inevitable wear and tear that comes with the demands of the environment.

The answer is the Pure Care and Total Care ranges from Heckmondwike FB. Both types of carpet are ideally suited to care environments, whether that be in communal areas, corridors or bedrooms. Their impervious backing makes them highly resistant to staining and bleach and they are extremely durable and super hard-wearing.

Low-maintenance

It’s important to remember that if not properly maintained, all carpets, no matter how hard-wearing, can quickly become damaged and lose both their performance and aesthetic qualities. It’s particularly important from a maintenance perspective to choose the right carpet product for entrance areas. Vanquisher, with its alternative rib and velour surface pattern, is an ideal entrance and transitional area carpet that also offers thermal and acoustic properties, is low maintenance and protects internal carpets from outside soiling and moisture.

Our range of specialist entrance tiles and mats are extremely versatile and robust, they act as interceptors for dirt and grit and protect internal flooring from wear and tear and ultimately, from damage. Our mats can also feature bespoke logos and designs for care homes and healthcare environments that are DDA approved. Available in 20 different colour options and in bespoke sizes, our versatile entrance tiles and mats look the part and help to maintain the aesthetic appeal of your interior carpets for longer.

Attractive

 An aesthetically pleasing, well-designed and maintained environment can have a positive impact on the mental well-being of both residents and staff. With a comprehensive choice of eight colours in the Pure Care and Total Care ranges, there’s something to suit every healthcare and sheltered housing requirement.

Aesthetics also has an important role to play in caring for people with dementia who may have difficulty with everyday tasks and activities. Dementia presents the designers of care homes with many challenges and floor design is particularly important in creating zoning and colour coding to provide visual prompts to assist those experiencing cognitive decline.

All our carpets are made to the quality standards our customers have come to expect from Heckmondwike FB over the last 50 years. The Pure Care and Total Care ranges also come in four metre widths, making these carpets very easy to fit with low installation costs.