In modern health care contexts, the floor provides the basis for a sterile environment. Fixtures and fittings, including the flooring are selected for their hygienic properties first and foremost, with durable and easily cleaned products.

The one flooring system that particularly lends itself to healthcare projects is linoleum. Favoured by specifiers all over, linoleum celebrates 150 years in 2013 as the world’s most original and sustainable flooring solution.

Linoleum has long been a popular specification choice within the healthcare sector. Non-allergic and easy to clean, linoleum has a number of qualities that make it ideal for this type of setting. Perhaps the most significant advantage linoleum has over other types of floor coverings, however, is the fact that it has been proven in independent tests to be naturally bacteriostatic, thereby preventing dangerous bacteria such as MRSA, and E Coli from multiplying – a major benefit when it comes to infection control.

Now in Sri Lanka, Forbo has partnered with Premium International and launched its entire collection of flooring products partnering including their own brand of linoleum, Marmoleum. It is a product approved by Allergy UK for reducing exposure to indoor allergens, therefore, contributing to a healthier indoor environment. Marmoleum’s Total Volatile Organic Compounds are 30 times below the European norm as it is a particularly low-emission product.

With such an enormous variety of inspirational colours – more than 400, designs and formats available in sheet, tile and acoustic versions, the entire Marmoleum collection will undoubtedly provide a solution to suit. Application of Marmoelum is diverse where it is commonly used in education, retail, corporate offices, airports, residential facilities other than healthcare.