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|  In PractIce  |  SportS and leiSure facilitieS Sports hall and gym floors Sure footing assured Sports hall and gym floors are generally more demanding than normal floors when it comes to care and maintenance. That is because the surface properties designed into the floor need to be preserved. The care and maintenance this requires on a regular basis must be adapted to the flooring. We look at various floor types and discuss the correct cleaning and care approaches for each. Sports hall and gym floors pose tough challenges in terms of Types and textures their cleaning and maintenance. They must meet a wide range of Sports halls usually have either a linoleum (in some cases with a requirements. PUR finish) or wooden parquet floor. Flooring type and properties are a function of the various sports to be practiced in the hall. Unlike fitness centre floors, those found in sports halls must meet specific criteria, which are stipulated in the international norms and standards. In fact, sports hall floors have to undergo testing to ensure they are up to standard and the results are recorded in inspection certificates. After the initial commissioning test, regular follow-up inspections are required for the purpose of quality assurance. The DIN 18032 standard (parts 1–6) regulates the construction of sports halls and multipurpose halls (the German standard is internationally considered to be the benchmark) along with requirements for physical education classes, competitive sports, club sports, and mass sports. It first describes the various types of sports floors and their main characteristics. Every type of floor intended for sports activities has functional, protective, and technical properties specified in DIN 18032 part 2, such as their shock absorption capacity or elasticity. Besides these required characteristics, cleaning staff are particularly interested in the type of coating used. The following types are the most common: 33Linoleum (3.2 millimeters or 4 millimeters), 33PVC (2 millimeters), 33PUR seal (3 millimeters, seamless), 33PUR coating (strips), 33Rubber (2–3 millimeters), 33 -Parquet (parquet wood beams or strips, mosaic slats, pre-fabri cated parquet floors). Properties One of the key aspects of a sports hall floor focuses on safety, which is mainly assured by its non-slip properties. As they Loose dirt is a common occurrence during the normal operation of a must not be compromised in any way, the cleaning and care sports hall. It can be removed with a dust-binding mopping procedure. Machines with a width of 160 centimeters and special microfiber products used must be certified in accordance with DIN 18365. covers are especially effective. Photo: rationell reinigen Non-slip properties can be tested on location using digital sensor equipment. 50 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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