Hospital Finds the Cure for Dirt & Germs

When Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO, was planning a remodel, one primary concern was the amount of abuse leveled at the floors.

Constant foot traffic tracked in dirt; the rubber-backed carpet needed ongoing maintenance. After deep cleanings, the carpet didn’t have time to dry out before folks were back on it again, making it a magnet for mold and dirt.

Environmental services struggled to keep the floors presentable. Even for the best quality carpet had to be replaced every three years, a major disruption in service, reported Lonnie Breaux, Vice President of Facilities Management.

As part of the 6,000-square-foot remodel, the hospital brought in terrazzo to replace the carpet, for improved durability and ease of maintenance. Its non-porous surface resists moisture and microbial growth, contributing to a clean, mold-free environment.

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