The Architect’s Newspaper
Germ-Free Walls, Flooring, and Surfaces
The pandemic has set new standards for sanitation in homes. These wall, flooring, and surface offerings are engineered for easy cleaning. By Adrian Madlener
Square-Edged Fame Hardwood
Avoiding the bevels and wire-brushed grains of standard wooden floor planks that trap bacteria, Square-Edged by Fame Hardwood is a smooth surface with minimal gaps and height differences between pieces. Matched with the manufacturer’s signature Bona finish and Bona PowerPlus Antibacterial Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner, this flooring product is highly hygienic.
Specular is a range of high-performance interior metal surfaces produced by Pure+FreeForm that diffuse light in new and unusual ways. The collection of durable aluminum wall panels features a variety of textures and conforms to high antimicrobial standards.
Inspired by nature and the ongoing fight against COVID-19, the new Six-S collection by sintered-stone experts Neolith showcases the company’s decoration technology and finishing techniques. A portion of the product’s sales will go to a coronavirus-related charity.
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HD Laminate Wilsonart
Fresh Start FiberFloor Tarkett
Combining laminate-surface producer Wilsonart’s designs and textures with antimicrobial protection and scratch- and scuff-resistant AEON technology, the new HD Laminate collection comes with built-in hygienic protection. Wilsonart advertises the product as being three times more wear-resistant than the industry standard.
Certified as asthma- and allergy-resistant, Fresh Start FiberFloor by Tarkett exceeds all indoor air quality standards. Available in various designs, this luxury sheet flooring solution is warm, quiet, comfortable, durable, moisture resistant, and easy to clean. It’s suited to low-traffic areas like bathrooms and bedrooms.
Inspired by the amazonite gemstone, this product is part of Fiandre’s latest large-format-slab Marmi Maximum collection. Its teal shades are speckled with brown and peach tones with white and gray touches. Thanks to their ¼-inch (6-millimeter) thickness and flexibility, products in the Marmi Maximum range offer the possibility of broader unbroken surfaces free of discontinuities. granitifiandre.com