Designing products for healthcare, transportation and aviation environments has unique challenges as the need for cleanliness, passenger and patient safety are heightened. Here are some material design choices that you can make so that you don’t have to compromise aesthetics for cleanability.
Light colors are often used in ‘clean-critical’ applications because they show off dirt and residue more clearly when it remains on the surface. Boltaron thermoplastics can be made to match to virtually any color, including hospital-inspired shades of white, gray and light blue.
Textured thermoplastics can be cleaned and sanitized effectively using EPA approved cleaning products, however, the perception in the medical field is that smoother surfaces are more clean. Boltaron thermoplastics are available in the industry’s widest range of pressed and extruded smooth textures, including woodgrains and leathers.
Worried about using textures on surfaces that require frequent cleaning? You can still benefit from the beauty of textures by applying the texture as an embedded image with a smooth surface, rather than embossing it. The entire Boltaron texture catalog is available as digital decorative images that can be embedded into the protected flat surface of the sheet.
CUSTOMIZE THE COLOR AND PERCENTAGE SIZE OF THE PRINTED TEXTURE PATTERN
Printing the texture pattern onto the flat sheet brings design freedom to a whole new level. You can change the base color, pattern color and pattern size depending on your application.
All of these design options are available in Boltaron 9815N, our top FSH material, specifically developed to meet the rigorous cleaning demands for aircraft interiors. 9815N has been tested to withstand frequent cleaning from aviation-grade cleaning products, UV-C and electrostatic fogging disinfection methods.