Chronically ill people with weakened resistance to infections
are treated in dialysis centres. The requirements
for good hygiene management are correspondingly
high, and these requirements should also include
building materials and flooring. It is essential that the
flooring can be easily, efficiently cleaned and completely
disinfected. However, wherever there is increased use
of disinfectants and medical media, there is a risk that
the residues might leave unsightly marks or stains on
the flooring. To meet these challenges, the interior
designers Ahrendt + John, who specialise in practice
design, suggested noracare® seneo flooring as a solution
to the owners of the dialysis centre. The new floor
covering has innovative surface technology and was
specially developed for areas with the most stringent
hygiene requirements and above-average use of
disinfectants. It stands for optimal cleaning results.
noracare® seneo is stain-resistant and can be completely
disinfected. Its impeccable appearance makes
a positive contribution to the ambience of the practice.
The flooring requires no maintenance or coating
throughout its life. This is very advantageous from
an organisational point of view and also saves considerable
Patients with chronic kidney disease are cared for at
the centre according to the very highest quality
standards. Dialysis treatment mechanically cleanses
the blood of toxic substances when the kidneys have
failed. The doctors moved their practice to the new
premises on the Prinzenallee at the beginning of
2021. They wanted to offer both the best possible
medical care and pleasantly designed treatment
rooms. noracare® seneo flooring’s light grey colour
and silk matt look adds to the inviting ambience. Like
all nora® flooring, noracare® seneo is also low-emission
and free of phthalate plasticizers, so it also contributes
to good indoor air quality. It is Blue Angel (the ecolabel
of the German Federal Government) and Indoor Air Comfort Gold certified.
“Wherever medical media and hand disinfectants
containing alcohol get onto the floor in daily operations,
this can lead to a negative appearance, especially for
floorings with temporary surface finishes”, explains
Martina Hoock, Market Segment Manager Healthcare
at nora. High workloads in day-to-day operations
mean it is not always possible to wipe substances
away immediately and so they can easily leave stains
or marks and leave the floor looking unkempt. The
surface coating must then be stripped and reapplied.
This refurbishment is time-consuming and costly.
noracare® seneo, in contrast, is stain-resistant.
practices work with calcareous salts and concentrates,
such as bicarbonate for the production of haemodialysis
solutions. There are occasional drips onto the floor
when they are used”, explains interior designer Jette
John. “noracare® seneo is completely resistant to
these bicarbonate haemodialysis solutions and there
are no unsightly white edges”.
Proven in practice
The interior designer found it important that there
were a large selection of colours (24 shades) and an
extensive selection of nora® prefabricated coving
strips as well as prefabricated exterior and interior
corners for hygienic wall connections available in the
same design as the rubber floorings. “To ensure the
highest level of hygiene, we used nora® cushioned-edge profiles in all clean areas at the practice”, says John.
These prefabricated floor-wall connections ensure a
smooth transition between wall and flooring: unsightly,
unhygienic joints are avoided, and the rounded profiles
are easy to clean. “After one year in the practice, the
users are extremely satisfied with the performance of
noracare® seneo”, says John.