Cleaning resilient flooring for hygienic environments


A new situation

Now, more than ever it’s worth knowing why resilient flooring can help maintain a clean and hygienic environment.

COVID-19 has had an immediate and potentially long-lasting effect on how we use buildings.

Our places of work, schools, healthcare settings and homes are under greater scrutiny.

Our habits have changed.

Buildings are not fully occupied; our interactions are online, or at a distance. Healthcare settings are reserved for the critically ill and emergencies. Schools and stores are being reconfigured for social distancing and homes have become multi-functional spaces.

Spatial planning will accommodate the necessary changes caused by this global pandemic. For now, we are learning how to mitigate its effects. Just as cleaning our hands regularly is vitally important, the frequency and manner our surfaces and floors are cleaned should be given attention. It’s obvious, but all our living and work environments need to be kept clean.

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Resilient flooring office interior

Disinfection, sanitisation and clean-ups are necessary procedures that resilient flooring can cope with, often multiple times in 24 hours.

What is it about resilient flooring that makes it easy-to-clean?

The resilient flooring industry in Europe produces some of the safest, most hygienic and easy-to-clean floor products, usable across commercial and residential environments.

What about the floor?

A resilient floor surface should be cleaned frequently and in line with the intensity of its use. What sort of environment is it, how many people does it accommodate, and with what needs? A cleaning regime should reflect all these attributes.

Naturally, it’s a good idea to review your regime when things change – in line with local health and safety requirements.

Whether a building is managed by a commercial service provider, or by its individuals, maintaining a resilient floor is straightforward:

Resilient floors are highly durable because of their intrinsically closed surfaces, meaning liquids aren’t absorbed, and dirt won’t be easily embedded.

These are added to strengthen performance, they reduce the impact of wear and hermetically seal the joins between tiles.

Stubborn marks can be treated and removed because resilient floors are, by construction, resistant to staining.

Resilient flooring in situ

An important note:

It’s important to note that performance and technical details vary across resilient flooring types and categories. Consult individual manufacturers product specifications for full data breakdowns, maintenance and cleaning guidance.

Safe for healthcare; safe for homes

A resilient floor is often found in healthcare spaces exactly because it meets the requirements of these high-risk spaces.

Given the nature of these environments, floors need to be very durable, easily cleaned and able to cope with intense use. Maintaining mandated hygiene standards is critical to healthcare spaces.

Disinfection, sanitisation and clean-ups are necessary procedures that resilient flooring can cope with, often multiple times in 24 hours. Resilient flooring is installed in both clinical and non-clinical areas because of the numerous options available.

How to clean resilient floors

As a general guide, resilient flooring can be cleaned in a few simple steps:

The four step process for cleaning a resilient floor
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Where can I find more information?

Each ERFMI member has individual advice for their products, cleaning product recommendations and guidance for adapting floor cleaning regimes as a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
Find contact details for our members here.

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Cleaning resilient flooring for hygienic environments2021-12-16T13:33:41+00:00

Two tenders on the topics of identification, sorting and recycling of PVC floor coverings

  1. Investigating recycling technologies that can be used for the recycling of PVC floor coverings.
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  2. Research identification and sorting technologies that can identify flooring containing legacy additives and sort it from flooring that does not contain legacy additives.
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Two tenders on the topics of identification, sorting and recycling of PVC floor coverings2021-12-16T13:33:41+00:00

ERFMI signs Circular Plastics Alliance declaration


The European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute (ERFMI) has signed the Circular Plastics Alliance declaration, joining more than 100 partners across the plastics value chain who have made voluntary pledges to use or produce more recycled plastics.

The Circular Plastics Alliance, a group of public bodies, businesses and trade organisations supported by the European Commission, has published a declaration committing to increasing the use of recycled plastic over the next six years

The declaration commits to using 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic in new products by 2025 through voluntary market-driven action.

“At ERFMI we are committed to working towards a circular economy for our products. We look forward to working with the other 100+ signatories from across the plastics value chain to reach the goals laid down in the Circular Plastics Alliance,” stated Jane Gardner, Managing Director of ERFMI, which represents the interests of the resilient flooring sector in Europe.

She continued: “Our members are very committed to working towards achieving a circular economy for our industry and that’s one of the cornerstones of our roadmap. Everyone at ERFMI feels the Circular Plastics Alliance really allows us to access and work with the plastics value chain to achieve our goals.”

Jane explained that the organisation is currently involved with several projects aligned with Circular Plastics Alliance principles, including the EU project Circular Flooring, a €5.4 million project funded by Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

As one of 11 project partners, ERFMI contributes expertise to the project, which is researching recycling end-of-life PVC floor coverings using the Fraunhofer CreaSolv® Process. This dissolution process involves the technically sophisticated separation of ‘legacy plasticisers’ to obtain a high-quality virgin like PVC material that is processed into granules. These are ready for re-use in new floor covering products which are compliant with current EU legislation and meet consumer expectations regarding a circular economy.

Co-ordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany, the project aims to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of this recycling process for PVC floor coverings at an industrial scale. The project runs until May 2023.

ERFMI represents the interests of 17 manufacturers and distributors of resilient floor coverings across Europe, who between them produce in excess of 360 million sq metres of flooring a year and employ 11,000 people.

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ERFMI’S members are:

  • The Altro Group Plc
  • Amorim Revestimentos, S.A.
  • Amtico International
  • Artigo Spa
    (Mondo Spa Artigo S.p.A. – Mondo Group)
  • BIG Floorcoverings NV
  • Designflooring
  • Dickson-Constant SAS
  • Endesign Limited
  • Forbo Flooring Systems
  • Gerflor SA
  • nora systems GmbH
  • Polyflor Ltd
  • Tarkett SA
  • Kährs Oy
  • Windmöller GmbH.
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Resilient floor coverings are an entire product family of flexible flooring solutions available in sheet, tiles and planks. Their wide range of different functionalities includes acoustic properties, static control, slip resistance and easy maintenance. Strong and durable, they are used in domestic, commercial and industrial applications and are available in a wide range of modern designs and colours.

Note to editors:

ERFMI aims to ensure the maintenance of high ethical standards within the industry through the following activities:

  • Representing the industry in negotiations with government departments, public bodies, trade associations, non-governmental organisations and similar bodies in the European market on matters relating to the resilient flooring industry
  • Promoting the preparation of international standards, specifications and classification systems and their adoption
  • Promoting any activities that further the interests of the resilient flooring industry, including researching and developing end of life options and working towards a circular economy

All media enquiries to Kathy Wilkinson, Wilkinson PR Ltd, tel: 01905 621575;

ERFMI signs Circular Plastics Alliance declaration2021-12-16T13:33:41+00:00

ERFMI publishes new EPDs and updated EPD calculator


The European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute (ERFMI) has published the latest Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) covering the full range of resilient floor coverings and updated the EPD calculator on its website (

Read more: ERFMI EPD press release July 2019

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ERFMI publishes new EPDs and updated EPD calculator2021-12-16T13:33:42+00:00

EU-Project CIRCULAR FLOORING enables environmentally friendly recycling of post-consumer PVC floor coverings


Freising, Germany – End-of-life flexible PVC floor coverings potentially contain ‘legacy plasticizers’ which may no longer be used today for reasons of consumer protection and which in the meantime have been replaced in the EU by safer alternatives. State-of-the-art recycling of such flooring with recovery of PVC in virgin-like quality therefore requires a technically sophisticated separation of these ‘legacy plasticizers’.

Read more: 2019-06-17 ERFMI Press Release

Freising – Alte Weich-PVC-Bodenbeläge können spezifische Weichmacher enthalten, die heute aus Gründen des Verbraucherschutzes nicht mehr verwendet werden und in der EU mittlerweile durch sicherere Alternativen ersetzt worden sind. Ein State-of-the-art-Recycling solcher PVC-Böden unter Rückgewinnung von PVC in Neuware-Qualität erfordert daher eine technisch anspruchsvolle Abtrennung dieser Weichmacher.

Mehr lessen: 2019-06-17 ERFMI Pressemeldung

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EU-Project CIRCULAR FLOORING enables environmentally friendly recycling of post-consumer PVC floor coverings2021-12-16T13:33:42+00:00

European Resilient Flooring association announces board and senior staff changes


It’s all change at the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute (ERFMI) with the announcement of several new senior management appointments, including Jane Gardner as its Managing Director.
ERFMI represents the interests of the resilient flooring sector in Europe. Its members produce floor coverings made of Vinyl, Rubber, Linoleum, Cork, Polyurethane or synthetic thermoplastic polymers.

Read more: 2019-01-30 ERFMI press release English

Mehr lesen: 2019-01-30 ERFMI press release German

Lire la suite: 2018-01-30 ERFMI press release French

Meer lezen: 2019-01-30 ERFMI press release Dutch

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European Resilient Flooring association announces board and senior staff changes2021-12-16T13:33:42+00:00


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