Care home floors: key tips for cleaner, safer care homes

How often do you think about the floors in your care home? The floor is one of the largest surface areas of any interior space and yet it is rarely at the forefront of our minds. Care home floors are prone to spillages as well as being subject to heavy footfall and wheeled traffic, so considering how to keep your floors clean and safe is important to running a care home.

Floor conditions can impact your care home in unexpected ways. From the psychological impact of living and working in a dirty environment, to the simple health and safety risk that a messy floor poses, your care home’s floor has a massive impact on the lives of your residents and staff.

This short blog should give you an idea of how important the flooring of your care home is, and how Acticare can help you maximise it’s potential for improving the lives of your residents and your staff.

Why do care home floors matter?

Flooring can sometimes be an afterthought. But in reality, it can be one of the first things that residents, family members and inspectors notice when visiting your home. It is vital that they get a great first impression and a clean and tidy floor is a big part of that.

Put simply, a dirty floor can be an eyesore, as well as being a risk to the safety of your residents and staff with spillages, accidents or general debris offering significant challenges to the day to day running of your home.

What are the benefits of clean floors in your care home?

There are a range of advantages to looking after your care home’s floors, but here’s a selection of the key benefits to you, your residents and your staff:

  1. Psychology of pristine floors

It’s easy to think of flooring as a mere practicality, but it goes beyond that. Pristine floors can subtly influence a resident’s mood and sense of well-being.

Clean, well-maintained floors create an environment that feels welcoming, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. In essence, flooring can impact the emotional and psychological aspects of residents’ lives.

  1. Cognitive stimulation for dementia products

For dementia patients, the choice of flooring materials and textures can have a profound impact on their cognitive stimulation. The right flooring can contribute to a better quality of life, enhancing spatial perception and providing a sense of comfort and familiarity.

  1. Resident health and reduced medical costs

There’s a clear correlation between floor maintenance and resident health. Well-kept floors can reduce the risk of trips and falls, resulting in fewer medical costs and improved quality of life for residents.

  1. Long-Term structural repairs and neglect costs

Consistent floor upkeep is an investment that pays off in the long run. Neglecting floor maintenance can lead to more significant structural issues, with the compound cost of repairs far exceeding the cost of regular upkeep.

  1. Influence on CQC rating

Specific cases highlight how floor conditions can influence CQC ratings. Understanding the implicit criteria that assessors consider during their visits related to flooring is crucial for care homes aiming for outstanding ratings.

What types of flooring are there for care homes?

Care homes use a variety of different flooring options due to the individual benefits that they bring. Not every room needs the same type of floor and that is the case throughout a care home. Below is a list of different areas in a care home and the preferred flooring type for each, with the benefits that it can add to your care home.

  1. Entrance areas

Round the clock staff shifts, deliveries and the constant flow of visitors mean that entrance and circulation areas can take quite a pounding. Unfortunately, many people do not stop to effectively wipe their feet properly before entering a building, so wet and dirty soiling can be trailed into the reception area and beyond.

This can have a detrimental effect on the aesthetics of interior floor finishes, not to mention create potential slip hazards on hard floors for all those that use the building. You can mitigate this by using a rigid textile floor, but regular cleaning is still a must.

  1. Social areas

In communal spaces, where residents often spend a lot of time throughout the day, not only do these areas need to provide comforting and stimulating social areas for residents, they also need to be able to withstand the wear and tear of daily life.

For these areas, durable, stain and soil resistant design vinyl sheet products can help transform community spaces by offering a homely aesthetic, while being a highly practical and easy to clean and maintain surface.

  1. Dining rooms

A popular option for social areas would be to choose a vinyl safety flooring, which has a guaranteed sustainable lifetime slip resistance. Safety floors don’t need to be dull either, thanks to an array of technologically advanced, design-led options now available on the market, including modern wood and stone designs.

Indeed, our Step safety floors with the inclusion of Step Crystals can ensure clean, fresh designs and easier cleaning, ideal for areas where water or food spillages are likely to occur within a care home, such as in dining areas and bathrooms.

  1. Living spaces

Flocked flooring is perfect for areas where a warmer, more tactile solution is preferred, such as in living rooms and bedrooms. This is because it offers the same warmth, comfort underfoot and tactile appeal as carpet but with the durability and easy maintenance of a resilient floor covering.

Should accidental spillages happen, flocked flooring is incredibly quick and easy to clean, thanks to its upright fibres that can be cleaned right down to the base. These floor coverings also have excellent slip resistance and acoustic properties delivering up to 22 dB impact sound reduction.

  1. High traffic areas

Linoleum is the perfect solution for busy corridors. A natural floor associated with sustainability, versatility and innovative design. Choosing a linoleum brand that uses a water-based polymer surface finish will enable easy to clean beautiful floors with a lasting appearance retention, lowering the cost of ownership.

5 tips for clean floors in your care home

We’ve put together a guide on the benefits of taking a moment to consider your flooring, as well as highlighting the ways in which we at Acticare can help you solve any problems that you have.

  1. Regular checks

Make sure that you are regularly keeping an eye on the floors of your care home and create a dedicated rota for your staff. This will help to ensure that any messes or untidiness is sorted out quickly and doesn’t linger, reducing the amount of time that it may offer a hazard.

  1. Using the best products and equipment

Whilst ensuring that your care home floor is regularly cleaned will go a long way to protecting and improving your residents’ quality of life, buying the best products and equipment for the job will ensure a higher quality and longer lasting result.

  1. View everything as a hazard

Never become complacent and always think like an inspector. If you assume that everything could end up being a hazard, your care home will always be a safe and welcoming place to live and work. These aren’t scare tactics, it’s simply a best practice to protect your residents and staff from harm.

  1. See mess, clean mess

Creating a rota as above is great, but if you and your staff can get in the habit of cleaning a mess as soon as they see it rather than waiting for the next scheduled clean, it will reduce the potential for an accident even further.

  1. Prioritise, prepare, practice

Finally, prioritising your floor’s cleanliness rather than treating it as an afterthought will have a range of benefits for your care home. Preparing your staff with the right training and the best quality equipment will make sure that they are always ready to deal with a flooring emergency and have the tools for the job. Making sure that you put the above steps into practice will result in your care home being a better, safer place for your staff, residents, and visitors.

How Acticare can help you achieve cleaner floors

At Acticare, we are committed to making your life simpler, safer, and better. We offer you an unmatched level of customer support, with regular check-ins from our reps and friendly staff in the office ready to answer all of your questions and help with any issue that you have.

Whether you are looking for a new product, or simply need help with the one you currently buy, we are happy to help and can offer you everything your care home needs to flourish.

What’s the Acticare approach?

We take a proactive approach to floor care. Our data-driven insights inform floor product selections, ensuring maximum longevity and safety.

We offer consultative services that can forecast potential flooring issues before they become glaring problems.

Acticare understands that no two care homes are the same: we support you through your journey, offering advice and guidance throughout to make sure that you get the service and products that your care home needs.

Acticare is not just a supplier; we’re your partner in creating a care home environment that ensures the highest quality of life for your residents.

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