The use of a wall protection system goes beyond protecting the surface from damage. It also provides a hygienic solution, minimising repair and maintenance costs and improving building aesthetics, accessibility and usability.

There are six key elements to consider when specifying the right wall protection:

  • Wall cladding.
  • Wall guards, wall strips and healthcare facility bed head protectors.
  • Handrails, dual rails and combination rails.
  • Corner guards.
  • Door protection.
  • Rubber wall protectors.

1. Wall cladding

Wall cladding is recommended for corridors, circulation areas, kitchens, canteens etc. that are subject to high levels of pedestrian traffic. It provides an easy-to-clean surface with no grout lines to harbour bacteria, while reducing the repair and repainting of wall surfaces and enhancing the long-term appearance of the building interior.

Gradus SureProtect Pure is specifically developed for areas with strict hygiene standards, creating an impervious barrier to moisture, dirt and bacteria.

2. Wall guards, wall strips and bed head protectors

Here the adage of penny wise, pound foolish, is a core concern. The interruption to the smooth functioning of a busy healthcare facility, together with the costs of removal and subsequent replacement of less durable options that have failed, offset the short-term cost-saving. Specifying a premium wall protection system ensures a quality solution that lasts.

Gradus offers an extensive range of wall guards, also referred to as bumper bars or crash rails, wall strips and bedhead protectors. These offer impact protection against wheeled traffic such as trolleys, beds and other mobile equipment, and damage caused by chairs and tables.

3. Handrails, dual rails and combination rails

Gradus handrails, dual rails and combination rails are available in various styles and are designed to offer pedestrian guidance and support, in addition to a degree of surface protection against damage caused by wheeled traffic.

4. Corner guards

Corners are particularly vulnerable to damage from wheeled traffic. The installation of corner guards can hide existing damage and limit the need for further repairs to damaged walls, reducing maintenance and lifecycle costs for the facility.

Gradus PVC-u corner guards are available in a selection of colours and designs and have been developed to complement wall cladding, wall guards etc. to offer a complete wall protection solution.

5. Door protection

Door faces, edges and frames are vulnerable to damage due to the constant flow of pedestrian and wheeled traffic. A variety of door protection products are available to help prevent damage, conceal existing damage and highlight the door and door furniture, to assist the visually impaired.

6. Rubber wall protectors

Back-of-house areas are subject to heavy-duty wear and tear. Rubber wall protectors are designed to absorb and deflect impact, providing instant protection from damage.

The R-Range rubber wall protectors are locally manufactured from recycled rubber tyres and are an effective retrofit solution. The product is ideal for use in healthcare, hospitality and retail back-of-house areas, as well as in manufacturing, logistics and warehousing.

These six key elements of wall protection together form the basis of specifying a solution that is fit for purpose. The correct combination of products assists in providing a hygienic solution for healthcare facilities, managing everyday damage to building interiors and minimising ongoing repair and maintenance costs.

Be sure to ask for this premium range by name.

Contact Polyflor SA for expert advice on hygienic wall protection:
Tel: +27 (11) 609 3500 (speak to Blythe or Wendy)

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