Health & Safety

To fall on soft
is to fall for soft.

Hard flooring

Hard floors can be responsible for the most disabling injuries. Providing greater slip resistance, Interface carpet tiles reduce peak surface impact by 15%. Hard can also be tiring. Standing up and moving around are important but doing so on unrelenting hard surfaces for prolonged periods of just 30 minutes can lead to the kind of fatigue soft Interface carpet tiles help to mitigate.

Hard flooring
Soft flooring clears the air

Soft Interface carpet tile has a natural advantage over hard flooring when it comes to improving indoor air quality. The benefit of soft carpet tile is that it grabs onto dust, which is a mixture of human cells, hair and soil, and traps it at ground level, making the breathable air fresher, keeping the dust in one place until it can be easily and safely removed with a vacuum cleaner. In contrast, hard flooring is unable to contain dust, so every time a door or window is opened, the dust moves off the hard, slippery surface and contaminates the breathable air.

Finally, many ‘natural’ hardwood floors contain formaldehydes. Their finishes may also contain VOC nasties like decloflounide or permetrine. Ceramics don’t but VOCs are created during waxing or cleaning. Interface carpet tiles have low VOCs. All carpet tile manufactured by Interface meet the highest standards for indoor air quality as designated by the CRI Green Label Plus™ criteria and CHPS Section 01350.

Soft flooring
  • Design Space
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis Article
  • Infographic
  • Human Spaces
Referenced material: HumanSpaces.com, #InterfaceAcoustics on YouTube, Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices - The Next Chapter for Green Building (World Green Building Council), Highlights of Simon Fraser University Study of SmartCells Cushioned Flooring (Smart Cell USA), Healthcare Acoustics Ergonomics White Paper, Interface Maintenance Guide, A life-cycle cost analysis for flooring materials for healthcare facilities, Mission Zero®, Net-Works.com.