When you hear the words flocked flooring, do you conjure up images of dated, bland interiors or your gran’s kitchen from the 1960s? If you do, then you could be missing a trick, as the new generation of flocked floor coverings offer a world of creative opportunities – along with some very significant performance benefits.
With a combination of performance attributes that is hard to beat, flocked floor coverings have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years, thanks to advances in technology that are challenging traditional perspectives. Flocked flooring combines durability and importantly, cleanability, with the comfort, warmth and sound absorbing properties of a carpet.
In addition to their performance properties, flocked floor coverings also now offer exceptional design opportunities, thanks to the latest digital printing technologies, colourways and formats, making them the ideal solution for both contemporary and classic interiors.
For example, the versatile plank format of flocked flooring provides a more modern aesthetic compared to traditional square tiles. Ranging from colourful and complex layouts to minimal, understated elegance, planks can be used to create stimulating and inspiring environments. Designers can mix and match colours and designs, and create patterns easily, such as chevron or herringbone.
In fact, Forbo Flooring Systems has recently refreshed its Flotex Planks range. Comprising 96 colourways across 11 designs and split into two distinct design families: Surfaces and Textures, designers will have the world at their feet when it comes to design possibilities.
The Surface designs are inspired by natural materials and include Wood, Concrete, Seagrass, Marble, Ombre and Montage; the latter three of which are new for 2021. Textures is influenced by graphic, geometric and textile patterns, and consist of the all-new Converge, Frameweave and Refract designs, as well as established favourites Triad and Box-Cross.
Design flexibility aside, flocked floor coverings are truly different to any other type of flooring on the market in terms of performance. The easy cleaning and durability are unsurpassed which, along with the allergy benefits, makes them particularly suited to high-volume public spaces. Indeed, Forbo’s Flotex is the only textile floor covering to be awarded the prestigious Allergy UK Seal of Approval™, as with the correct cleaning and maintenance regime it will not harbour dust mites – contributing to a better indoor environment for all.
Finally, in the current climate, careful thought needs to be placed on the cleanability of all fixtures and finishes. As flocked flooring has a highly dense surface pile, which is a result of over 70 million fibres per square metre, it means that the upright fibres can be cleaned right down to the impermeable PVC base of the product, and dry soiling is easily removed using an upright vacuum cleaner. Tougher stains and dirt can be removed with standard carpet wet cleaning machinery too.
With such a range of benefits, it’s easy to see why modern flocked flooring solutions have seen such a sharp rise in popularity. For more information on how Forbo’s new Flotex Planks can help you to create the ‘wow’ factor on your next project please visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/flotexplanks