American Biltrite: New Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines – Making informed flooring decisions based on science
American Biltrite Releases New White Paper about Response of Rubber Floor Coverings to Disinfectants Registered on the EPA List-N
American Biltrite releases a new White Paper sharing laboratory test results that evaluated the response of resilient flooring products to increased disinfection protocols. Findings revealed that across all products studied, American Biltrite’s ABPURE® Nfuse® provided the most positive response to active ingredients present in over 350 EPA List-N healthcare disinfecting agents, implying that it is the easiest flooring to clean and disinfect.
More than ever, institutions rely on rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols to limit the spread of community-acquired infections using disinfectants registered on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List-N, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Choosing hygienic, durable, and easy-to-clean flooring becomes essential and can further strengthen existing cleaning and pathogen control efforts.
“Our rubber floors have been used in healthcare applications for over half a century. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all commercial and institutional environments are evaluating the implementation of CDC guidelines.”, said Stephan Freiberg, R&D Project Leader. “With that in mind, we performed tests using a methodology based on ASTM F 925 to observe the behaviour of resilient floorings exposed to an increased level and frequency of disinfection, preferably using disinfectants from EPA List-N.”
The response of rubber floor coverings to disinfectants was evaluated according to three criteria: attack (surface cracking, deformation, or significant degradation), color change and tarnish (finish change). Compared to the other rubber floorings, ABPURE Nfuse was the surface with the greatest tendency to remain unchanged when exposed to disinfectants, showing superior color, stain, and tarnish resistance.
“At American Biltrite, we place a great deal of importance on continuous product development, research and innovations. For the current pandemic and beyond, environmental factors such as the choice of flooring material and required performance characteristics are key in supporting public health and safety. We wanted to share the results of evidence-based examinations about rubber floor cleaning and disinfection with the design community in order to help them make informed flooring decisions based on science”, said Victor Caldas, Vice-President of Research & Development.
The White Paper about rubber floor coverings’ response to EPA List-N recommended disinfectants can be download here: https://flooring.american-biltrite.com/whitepaper/
It is also possible to order free samples of ABPURE Nfuse on the American Biltrite website: https://www.american-biltrite.com/flooring/products/rubber-flooring/ab-pure/.
About ABPURE Nfuse
ABPURE Nfuse is the only rubber flooring that is occupancy ready, which means no initial set-up, no need to strip, seal or wax the floor after installation and beyond. It is also the only rubber flooring that passes the ASTM F 1515 test for colorfastness. It is proven to provide the best response to EPA list-N disinfectants compared to other rubber floors while being the least prone to tarnishing after repeated disinfection. This PVC/chlorine-free rubber flooring is EPD Type III, FloorScore® certified, Declare & Red List Free. Available in tile and sheet.
About American Biltrite
American Biltrite develops, manufactures, and brings to market a wide range of commercial flooring and performance sheet rubber products. With over 100 years of product design and manufacturing excellence, American Biltrite is renowned for its technical expertise, product innovation and exceptional customer service, with an extensive network of distribution centres in nearly every region of the Americas.