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Facing our mental health crisis

No one currently knows what will be the lasting effects of the pandemic on the nation’s mental health. Before March 2020 resources for those most in need of help and support were already stretched and with recent research into the UK’s mental wellbeing showing a radical decline in mental health, future funding is going to…

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Sustainable Flooring isn’t a luxury it’s a necessity

At Danfloor we understand the impact of manufacturing on the environment and recognise our social responsibility to the surrounding area, its people and the resources we draw upon, which is why we aim to deliver sustainable flooring solutions. It is our philosophy to provide a sustainable business for future generations, which is why we closely…

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Importance of Carpets in Reception Areas of Care Homes

First impressions are extremely important, especially when it comes to selecting a care home, and the Reception Area Carpet can play a key role in creating that WOW Factor. In 2019 LaingBuisson reported that 45% of care home residents were fully self-funded meaning the expectations of residents and their families for the standards of accommodation…

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The Benefits of Carpets on Stairways and within Corridors

Stairways and corridors in residential care settings can be busy and often noisy places. Excess noise can cause confusion and discomfort for those that are living with dementia, which can lead to feelings of disorientation and isolation. Sound Absorption Keeping corridors as peaceful as possible, both during the day and night, is essential for staff…

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The Benefits of Carpet within Bedrooms

Bedrooms are an area of tranquillity, an intimate and private space for those that occupy that room. It’s a cosy sanctuary where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the world around you so comfort, warmth and luxury underfoot are essential design considerations. Therefore there’s no doubt in my mind that carpet within…

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5 Things you should know about Impervious Carpet

You may have heard the term “Impervious Carpet” and wondered what this means. A very thin impermeable layer, which sits underneath the carpet substrate and above the carpet backing, will create an impervious carpet and provides some very positive benefits. Here are just 5 important points you should know: 1.Stops liquid reaching the subfloor The…

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Can sustainability be luxurious?

The simple answer is yes sustainability can be luxurious; quality and luxury don’t have to be compromised when opting for a sustainable product. Sustainability, in short, is all about meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In order to have healthy communities now and in the…

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Dementia and Hallucinations

There’s known to be a link between living with dementia and hallucinations and for those that experience such episodes, it can sometimes be scary and unsettling. Hallucinations are usually suffered in the middle or later stages of dementia, and can be more common in Lewy Body and Parkinson’s dementia, but can also happen in Alzheimer’s…

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Understanding the benefits of Carpet

Have you ever wondered “What are the benefits of carpet compared to other flooring options?” Well, carpets provide many therapeutic and money-saving benefits for a built environment, which makes them an important element of any design scheme. Here are just five benefits of carpets and reasons why you should consider the installation of a danfloor…

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Autism Design Principles

Architecture and Interior design is not just about what looks good, it’s about how an interior space makes someone feel, which is why autism design principles are so important. According to the National Autistic Society, there are around 700,000 people on the autistic spectrum in the UK, that’s more than 1 in 100, which means…

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The Importance of Acoustic Design within Healthcare

Unwanted sounds and noise can have a negative effect on someone who is living with hearing, cognitive and physiological conditions. Therefore acoustic design principals are a key consideration within healthcare design. Residential homes and mental health facilities can be busy places, both during the day and night, and when an environment is noisy it can…

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A Closer Look at the Healthcare Carpet Collections

We have been manufacturing healthcare carpet for over 40 years and due to our detailed research and development, we’ve engineered our carpets so they are compatible with all the demands of a care environment. So, let’s take a look a 3 of the healthcare carpet collections and their key features: The Equinox Collection This is…

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The Benefits of Sustainable Carpets

At danfloor we understand the benefits of designing and manufacturing sustainable carpets with high-performance characteristics. Sustainable carpets are essential, not just so that you can successfully work towards buildings which comply with the necessary green standards, but also so we can be confident in the fact that the production of our carpet collections has a…

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5 Things to consider when specifying carpet

Carpets bring many therapeutic benefits to a care environment, whether that be a residential care or nursing home or a mental health facility. However, not all carpets are the same and yes there are some on the market which may not perform well in such demanding environments so here are my top 5 things to…

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COVID – 19 AND CARPETS

CARPETS SHOULD NOT CAUSE ANY CONCERN Viral and bacterial infections have always been present within a care environment, but should never lead to the pulling out or replacement of carpets. Carpets provide many therapeutic benefits for residents and staff and when combined with an antimicrobial coating they provide the first line of defence against the…

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The importance of acoustic design for cognitive development

Considered design principles within school environments; including boarding facilities and classrooms, can positively affect student learning and teacher satisfaction as well as enhancing the mental wellbeing of all its occupants. There are many ways in which carpet can benefit an education facility and one of those is creating an acoustically sound environment which is conducive…

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Dementia Flooring – 5 Things to consider

Dementia-friendly design can make a real difference in improving the quality of life for thousands of residents in care settings living with dementia. At danfloor we keep abreast of the recommendations when it comes to colour and design, especially in relation to dementia flooring, and we have created a selection of carpets that have been…

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Which is less expensive and quicker to clean properly; Carpet or Hard Flooring?

When considering carpets for a non-clinical healthcare environment you can take confidence in the fact that both the Health Building Notes and the Care Quality Commission state that carpet is acceptable as long as a pre-planned cleaning and maintenance schedule is in place and that the carpets are correctly maintained. Any floor covering within a…

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Blog – Carpets can help to reduce the severity of fall injuries

People over the age of 65 are more prone to falling, with around a third of people aged 65 and over, and around half of the people aged 80 and over experiencing a fall at least once a year. Many factors can increase the risk of falling: Acute infections like pneumonia Dehydration Rapid changes in…

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Blog – The Co-existence of viral and bacterial infections

Medical journals note that with outbreaks of viral respiratory infections, such as COVID 19, there can be an increase in bacterial co-infections, which are normally relatively harmless, but when combined with a viral infection can, unfortunately, become fatal. There are a number of reasons as to why this happens; one of which is because respiratory…

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Blog – How carpet can achieve a healthy and clean learning environment

With this week marking the return of some children back into schools across the country, there is great concern from all parties about the ability of schools to limit the potential spread of the virus. There will be many restrictions imposed on the children and the removal of resources that could be seen as a…

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