1. Slip Resistance Testing
It’s important to choose products that have been independently tested to industry safety standards. Those approved under UL 410 will achieve this goal to help ensure the safety of patrons.
The level of traffic expected as well as the cleaning protocols in place may affect purchasing decisions. Products with high tear strength, and product systems that utilize thicker overlaminates, will stand up better in heavy traffic areas.
The type and profile of the floor surface on which the graphics will be placed may be a deciding factor as well. For example, the choice for a smooth tile floor will be very different than one for rough textured open concrete.
Duration of the campaign is also a factor. If the plan is to leave the graphics in place for six months or more, selection of a more durable product will be required.
Finally, cleaning protocols will come into play. The CDC is recommending a solution of 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water or a cleaning solution containing 70% alcohol for disinfecting purposes. Products that utilize a solvent-based adhesive will stand up better to such solutions than ones that use a water-based adhesive. Frequency of cleaning is also a consideration - will the floor be cleaned daily, weekly, less often?
The condition of the floor can impact the appearance of graphics. A fully opaque film will cover dark colors and stains that could detract from the graphic. On the other hand, a clear film on a pristine floor can achieve a “no-label-look,” similar to clear labels on glass beverage containers, providing an enhanced appearance where the floor becomes part of the design. Other times, depending on overhead lighting, use of a matte or lustre overlaminate will help reduce glare.
For customers who wish to achieve something distinctive to match the look and feel of a brand, there are metalized options such as silver and brushed silver.