Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 8 6 V IEWPOINT Choosing floor coverings is challenging for cruise and passenger ferry operators. Different areas onboard vessels have their own unique demands, so they must consider factors such as International Maritime Organization (IMO) certification, aesthetics, comfort, durability, sound absorption, slip resistance, sustainability and maintenance. Flotex FR is a unique textile, flocked floor covering, which combines the cleaning and durability features of resilient flooring with the comfort, slip resistance and acoustic properties usually associated with textiles. It is IMO tested and approved in accordance with the Maritime Equipment Directive (MED). Unlike most textiles, Flotex FR can be easily maintained using standard cleaning equipment and its impervious backing also makes it suitable for wet cleaning. Flotex FR is durable due to its dense surface pile and can be cleaned down to its base due to its upright nylon fibres and impermeable PVC backing. Having been awarded the prestigious Allergy UK Seal of Approval, Flotex FR is also proven to reduce allergens, improving indoor air quality for passengers. A recent Cleaning Research International study compared the cleanability of a flocked pile floor covering with both a loop pile and a cut pile carpet. Identically sized samples of each type of floor covering were conditioned, weighed and then dirtied using 10 grams of standard soil. They were then reconditioned and reweighed before being vacuumed with an upright vacuum Why choose Flotex FR? Forbo Flooring Systems’ flocked floor covering is ideal for use on passenger vessels as it is durable, comfortable underfoot and easy to clean and maintain By Béatrice Balle Coureau, Forbo Flooring Systems Source: Cleaning Research International 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 PERCENTAGE OF SOIL REMOVED Cut Pile /100% bcf Nylon / 250g/m2 /2mmpile height Loop Pile /100%bcf Nylon / 700g/m2 /3.5mmpile height Flocked /100% Nylon / 250g/m2 /2mmpile height Cleanability of flocked pile compared with other construction of carpets AFTER VACUUMING AFTER SPRAY ACTION AFTER CONTRAROTATING BRUSH CLEANING