PVC in hospital interiors
Hospital interiors require materials that provide excellent durability, chemical resistance, low maintenance costs and affordability. PVC, also known as vinyl, meets these demands and more. For instance, PVC interiors offer the lowest total cost of ownership and endless design options. As a result, hospital vinyl flooring and other PVC hospital interiors are popular throughout the world.
State-of-the-art healthcare facilities with vinyl
Watch this short video to learn more about the many ways in which hospital vinyl flooring and other types of PVC covering help to create state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.
Hospital PVC flooring
PVC flooring is found in hospitals worldwide. The smooth, tough surface of the upper wear layer of hospital vinyl flooring prevents dust and dirt from building up and stops microbes from breeding, thereby playing a crucial role in preventing infections.
Hygenic and durable
The robust, hygienic surface of vinyl flooring reduces the need for cleaning and the use of polish. Lasting for up to 20 years of intensive use, PVC flooring is thus a natural choice in hospitals and clinics where durability and low maintenance are vital.
A more welcoming hospital
It is possible to integrate signage, zone boundaries and even art into vinyl flooring. This makes the hospital more welcoming and accessible for patients, visitors and staff.
Safe and shock-absorbent
PVC flooring for hospitals are safe, shock-absorbent, and comfortable to walk on. On top of that, hospital vinyl flooring is very affordable, which is crucial in times with rising healthcare costs.
PVC wall covering
PVC wall covering is a favourite in many hospitals thanks to its aesthetic, hygienic and cost-effective qualities. Vinyl wall covering is attractive — available in grades of thickness, suited to heavy traffic — and will stand up to many years of heavy use.
Long service life with minimum maintenance
Vinyl wall covering is not only easy to clean. It is also easily repaired should damage occur. PVC wall covering is fire-retardant, which is a definite advantage in healthcare settings. Importantly, the in-service life of these products can easily reach 20 years or more with minimum maintenance.
As with PVC flooring, PVC wall covering can be made shock-absorbent and thereby withstand collisions with beds and other types of hospital equipment.
PVC interiors also include hospital stretch ceilings. Vinyl stretch ceilings provide good acoustics, especially when combined with vinyl flooring. They are colourful, easy to install and have the same flame-retardant properties as PVC flooring and wall covering.
Wet rooms and laboratories
PVC is one of the best materials available to seal wet rooms and a popular choice for laboratories.
Read more in the colourful booklet Vinyl in Hospitals, which is also available in print. To acquire a copy, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
Other examples of PVC applications in hospitals
PVC is not only used in hospital interiors. The plastic is found throughout hospitals, namely in:
- Water and drainage pipes – these can last up to 100 years
- PVC coated mattress covers – hygienic and easy to clean
- Fire-resistant cabling in electrical and telecommunications equipment