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3 ways to design floors for social distance

by Madelein
3 ways to design floors for social distance

With the arrival of COVID-19, new challenges lie ahead to create healthy spaces, but floor designers are great problem solvers. Current considerations when creating your floor include improving navigation, social distance and emotional well-being for floor users and to ensure floors are kept meticulously clean.

1. Move people in the space optimally
Using carpet tiles with different colours or patterns or regular tiles in different colours, patterns and finishes can create a progressive or blunt change in floors to point floor users in a specific direction. You can also mix carpet, wood and tile flooring for optimal wayfinding.

Companies are producing creative signage and vinyl sticker decals perfect as stick-and-go options that can be installed on a floor or in your space nearly instantly. Signage should be legible and placed at appropriate intervals to move people through areas – keeping them apart, but still connected to each other.

2. Use biophilic design to improve well-being
Emotional well-being is more important than ever and many designers are using biophilic design, in their projects by bringing elements of nature indoors to improve building occupant health. Research shows adding elements of nature in a building increases productivity, creativity and self-reported rates of well-being.

It also reduces stress, blood pressure, heart rate levels and absenteeism of building occupants. You can design your space to improve connection by including natural lighting, ventilation and good air quality, restorative spaces, thermal and sound comfort, views onto nature and items made of natural materials in natural colours, textures and patterns.

3. Keep your floors hygienically clean
It’s important to have proper floor cleaning procedures to keep your space hygienic and safe. Most carpet tiles need regular vacuuming, while vinyl tiles need to be cleaned with a hard floor vacuum to prevent scratches and a damp mop with water. A non-abrasive floor cleaner should be used a few times a week to pick up extra dirt.

You can remove stains from LVT using a cloth, soft-bristled brush or mop with warm water and neutral pH detergent, gently rubbing the stain to remove the dirt. Rubber floors can be cleaned by sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and conditioning, daily or weekly depending on how much foot traffic your space experiences.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Interface European Manufacturing for some of the information in this article.

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