Use of carpets in a rest-home
Carpets in a rest-home are subject to differing performance criteria than the usual carpets used for domestic or house-hold purposes. Many of the occupants of the rest-home will have infirmities that need to be taken into consideration in designing a retirement home and its components. This includes the carpeting. They need to be more durable than the usual ones for home use and general purpose carpets. Here are some points that would help in the choice of carpets for a retirement home.
The cost of the carpet
Most retirement homes are either short of cash or if they are part of a large group, then the profit margin is a major issue. This means that the operators have to keep expenditure as low as possible and hence cost of carpeting is very important in making a decision. Whatever grade of carpet you choose, it is going to be a significant outlay. There will also be fitting costs to take into account too. If the floor is old then that may need some remedial preparation of the floor before being laid to give an even surface and also to prolong the life of the carpet once is laid on the floor underneath. You will also need to budget underlay and the fixing costs as well.
Once laid, the carpet in the rest home, in fact any floor covering, will have some cleaning and maintenance costs to keep it in prime condition. Nylon carpets tend to take a lot of punishment before they are worn out so give a long-term cost advantage however they are not as resistant to sunlight as other materials.
Given the frequency of cleaning required it is important that the cleaning be easy to keep the janitorial costs as low as possible.
The construction of the carpet
How the carpet is made also determines the life of the carpet. It also determines the usage to which the carpet is put. For example, a nylon carpet would be good near areas of food consumption but not so good in a bright living room. This is important as the retirement homes usually work on very thin margins. As noted before, nylon carpets are durable, but the colouring method used can result in the colour running or fading. To retain the brightness of the colours calls for more expensive methods to be used in the colouring process to achieve the colourfastness of the material. It would be wise to consult specialist commercial carpet company to come to a decision on this matter.
The construction and material is also important as the rest-homes residents will frequently accidentally spill things on to the carpet from time to time. This means the carpet will also be subject to chemical cleaning a lot more often than other carpets. Further, due to the pillages, that cleaning is likely to need the use of quite strong cleansers and detergents. So you want to make sure that you buy a carpet that can withstand heavy duty cleaning materials and high frequency of cleaning to maintain the health of the residents.
Another consideration for rest-home carpets in NZ is that the carpet should not fray or rip easily. This can result in risks of tripping or injury to the elderly residents many of whom are infirm on their feet.
An important aspect of carpet laying is the location of the carpet. High traffic areas like entrance ways or communal eating areas must use a highly resilient type of material else there worn out holes and patches will appear. Equally important is to see if the area concerned has sunlight falling on them. This then calls for a light resistant material to be used. The individual bedrooms may encounter more spills than the hallway, but the hallway would have more people walking over it. This then calls for a totally different set of carpets to be used in each area.
Patterns and colour choices
In contemporary rest homes, it is more common to see brightly coloured and eye catching designs used in the carpets. This gives a lively and cheerful ambiance to the whole place rather than the older dull outlook that was once the colour scheme of old people’s homes.
Another consideration with regard to colour is how it can have a positive effect on people, especially those who have some diseases. Alzheimer’s for example is a disease where some people can get a positive stimulation from seeing brighter colours.
You can also use colour coding with carpet so that people can easily recognise which area they are in. You could have green for eating areas, yellow for living rooms and blue for resting areas.
Here we have discussed in brief the various points to be kept in mind when choosing carpets in a rest-home. But there is far more than this to the subject . It is advisable to consult commercial carpet or specialist rest-home carpet wholesaler to get to know the various options available in the market. You would try Carlisle Carpeting to find a solution to fit in with all sorts of budgets.