Since opening in Fall 2007, the resident hall at one of the nation’s largest universities has been a lively hub of activity, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to approximately 5,000 students every day. Careful consideration of flooring products was given during the renovation of this high-traffic facility, which is also home to the school’s Arts & Humanities College.
Long-term durability, ease of maintenance, and superior resistance to spills and stains were key factors in the selection of Flotex flooring for the dining hall area and classrooms. Dirt and spills are cleaned daily with simple vacuuming and spot cleaning, while a weekly wet clean keeps the flooring looking new. No cleaners are used, only 03 water, which is made by running water though a special filter on campus. This process eliminates the need for chemical cleaning products and “costs pennies to clean,” according to the university’s facilities manager.
Since its opening, two floods in the facility put Flotex to the test. One event occurred in a classroom after a sprinkler head broke, allowing 2,000 gallons of water to spill on the Flotex tile within a span of two hours. Fortunately, Flotex is 100% waterproof, and the maintenance team was quickly able to extract the water and reopen the classroom with no down time. According to the facilities manager, the flooring was dry almost immediately after cleaning and the classroom “could have been used within minutes after the water extraction.”
A second flood occurred in the dining hall in 2009 when a six-inch condensation pipe drain backed up pouring 200 gallons of water onto the Flotex sitting for two hours until the water was extracted. During this time, the dining hall was never shut down and only required a small area to be zoned off while the water was cleaned up.
The resident hall maintenance team have found Flotex to be a durable, easy to clean solution for their facility, noting “if we had used carpet in the dining hall, it would have already been ripped up and replaced by now.” Traditional carpet installed in other areas of the campus require staff to continually clean stains from the floor that resurface only a few days after cleaning. However, when it comes to Flotex, the maintenance team agrees that they “haven’t come across a stain that they could not remove”
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