The coronavirus pandemic has made us reconsider many parts of our lives: how we interact, how we greet each other, how often we wash our hands, and how carefully we inspect the items we allow into our home, to name a few.
Until the virus, few if any ever thought we’d be wiping food containers with disinfectant before putting them away. And how often did we wipe door handles, refrigerator handles, and anything else we might have come into contact with before rushing to wash our hands?
Floors are one area that didn’t receive a lot of attention. As various video simulations and healthcare studies reveal, however, the floors we walk on are where the heaviest molecules of the virus landed after a cough or sneeze. Whether or not the virus is transmissible to others who come in contact with it on the floor, such as a crawling child or a pet, the pandemic has made us aware of multiple surfaces that we paid little attention to in terms of being landing spots for germs.
But the floor as a wasteland for germs is a no-brainer. When we walk in from outdoors or after a trip to the supermarket, who knows what we’re dragging in along with us and tracking through the house. Which begs the question: Are there flooring surfaces that are less inhabitable to germs and, perhaps, safer?
A clean floor is a safe floor
Really, any flooring surface is safe as long as it’s clean. With few exceptions, such as a heavy pile rug or a pocked tile surface, a floor can be easy to keep clean even by taking simple measures like removing your shoes before entering from outside.
In a commercial, industrial or multi-family setting, however, floor traffic is much greater as many people pass through. While there’s little chance that a responsible parent will allow their child to crawl on such a high-traffic surface, for building management future best practices should include a disinfecting regimen for floors as well as stairway railings, elevator key pads, door rails and elsewhere throughout the facility wherever many pass through, or where employees congregate or work. The CDC has posted guidelines to help property managers maintain clean facilities, which you can find here.
So what are the best flooring surfaces for easy cleaning?
Ceramic tile and hardwood floors are very good in a residential setting but not a great option in a commercial space. Hardwood floors, in particular, can show wear and tear and are not the best surface if your crews clean with a mop and a bucket of water due to the wood warping.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a better option than wood but for their tendency to crack over time or when something like a tool lands on them. Once tiles crack they can also become a hazard as pieces break loose and shoes get caught on the rough edges. Outside of the grout in between each tile, which is very porous and hard to keep clean, the tiles are an easy surface to disinfect.
Floor surfaces like vinyl and laminates are easy to mop and disinfect however not a durable choice for most commercial, industrial or multi-family installations. These surfaces have come a long way over the years but most will agree they’re not a good choice for high traffic installations.
Stone can make for a beautiful flooring installation if there’s a budget to cover the cost. It can be a great solution for a lobby of an office building. But beyond the initial cosmetics of a stone floor, building management needs a more economical flooring choice for the rest of the building that is easy to keep clean and will stand up to traffic—from the hallways throughout the building to the warehouse in back.
That’s where concrete comes in.
RenuKrete® Engineered Concrete Flooring (ECF) is Durable and Easy to Disinfect
In any building where there is a concrete floor, whether commercial, industrial or multi-family residential, RenuKrete® ECF gives building owners a flooring option that has all the durability of concrete, however, with the beautiful likeness of natural tile or stone. A sealed RenuKrete® concrete floor not only can stand up to around-the-clock traffic, but it is architecturally and aesthetically pleasing, so much so that it can become the flooring surface of a lobby or any other space within an office or commercial building.
RenuKrete® ECF is easy to clean with alcohol-based disinfectants, and it will never crack like ceramic or porcelain tiles. Just like any sealed concrete surface, a RenuKrete floor is not porous and will resist stains and spills with ease.
How is concrete made to look like tile or stone?
Through experienced craftsmanship, RenuKrete®’s patented, proprietary technology can transform existing concrete floors into designer quality floors in the style of natural slate and tile. No matter how unsightly an existing concrete floor may look, with cracks and other imperfections, RenuKrete® can restore and sculpt the concrete surface into a designer quality surface that’s pleasing to the eye and easy on the budget.
With a RenuKrete® floor there is no need for subfloor and costly floor coverings. In fact, in some cases, when it comes time for ownership to replace a worn floor covering, RenuKrete can transform the concrete surface underneath into the main surface, saving property owners significant money when compared to the cost of a new floor covering.
Contact RenuKrete® to learn more.
Floor coverings are expensive. When it comes to commercial flooring, RenuKrete® is an option worth exploring further for its durability, ease of care, and aesthetic beauty. If your project is in the New Jersey, Massachusetts, eastern Pennsylvania or Long Island areas, and you’d like to request a meeting to discuss an estimate for your current or future commercial building or flooring renovation project, call RenuKrete at (800) 406-5010.