09 Oct High tech textiles for bionic performance
Flotex is a unique textile floor covering that combines the hard wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient floor with the quality, warmth and comfort of a carpet. The product connects key performance indicators into a single solution for specialised flooring projects.
Besides being strong and hygienic, it is also completely washable and waterproof. Thanks to the anti-microbial Sanitized* treatment, Flotex offers constant protection against bacteria, including MRSA, E-coli and the development of dust mites and the product’s toughness is the result of the 80 million nylon 6.6 fibres/m². The quietness and comfort which is normally reserved for carpet installations can also be experienced with this flocked flooring solution thanks to the impervious cushioned backing.
Precision printing technologies used to manufacture this textile flooring mimic the rich colour palette found in nature to the smallest detail. The product lifetime also surpasses that of ordinary textiles by a factor of six.
Flotex is slip resistant in wet and dry conditions (comparable to R13), imitating the functions of a gecko‘s feet. The product is also suitable for allergy sufferers. As a honey bee collects and distributes pollen on the stems by hovering between flowers, the flooring’s surface captures fine dust and allergens from the air and releases them completely during a simple basic cleaning action – removing twice as many allergens when compared to the cleaning of conventional carpets. With more harmful allergens being removed, a more comfortable environment is created for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Combining biological methods and systems
Bionic technology combines biological methods and systems that are found in nature with manmade products and processes. This transfer of technology from living fauna and flora helps to create optimised and highly efficient products.
A classic example of bionic technology is the development of water and dirt repellent surfaces that can also be observed on the leaves of the lotus flower. Flotex is neither a true textile, nor a resilient floor covering. Its unique construction succeeds in combining the best of both worlds and this smart flooring solution is suitable for use in commercial environments, however demanding the conditions.
Learn more about combining the best of both worlds with Flotex by watching this YouTube video:
For more information, contact FloorworX on Tel: +27 (11) 406 4024 or via www.floorworx.co.za.
*Sanitized is a registered trademark.