Vinyl Flooring provides safety in operating rooms.

Press Release Summary:

Safe-T Sheet(TM) flooring has slip-retardant component that helps prevent slips and falls without sacrificing critical needs of hospital operating rooms. Ceramic technology is embedded into PUR-reinforced wearlayer of floor, which changes cleaning characteristics by minimizing need for wet cleaning methods and eliminating need for polish and wax. Product also features heat-welded seams for germ-free environment and stain- and indentation-resistance.

Original Press Release:

Tarkett Sommer Introduces Safe-T Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Safe-T Sheet's Innovative Technology Provides Safety In Operating Rooms

HOUSTON (October 31, 2002) - New from Tarkett Sommer, Safe-T Sheet vinyl flooring has an innovative slip-retardant component that helps prevent slips and falls without sacrificing the other critical needs in hospital operating rooms.

Safe-T Sheet incorporates a revolutionary ceramic technology that is embedded into the PUR-reinforced wearlayer of the floor. The PUR wearlayer changes the cleaning characteristics by minimizing the need for wet cleaning methods and eliminating the need for polish and wax. Safe-T Sheet is the first sheet vinyl that provides a slip-retardant quality without compromising the cleaning and environmental characteristics that hospitals and healthcare facilities require.

"Surgical booties worn by doctors and surgeons have been the cause of many accidents in operating rooms during crucial times when there is no room for error or accidents," says Jeff Katz, Tarkett Sommer's homogeneous product manager. "Safe-T Sheet reduces this risk, ultimately providing a safer environment for doctors and patients."

In addition to its innovative slip-retardant component, Safe-T Sheet features:

o Heat-welded seams for germ-free environments
o Stain-resistant to blood, Betadine and other staining elements
o Resistant to indentation from gurneys, dropped equipment or dragged furniture
o Low-contrasting visuals for reduced eye strain

"Combining a slip-retardant quality with low maintenance and stain and indentation-resistance is a breakthrough for resilient flooring. Safe-T Sheet is a real achievement - it meets all of the requirements of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Additionally, it is a natural fit for any facility that needs these qualities," adds Katz.

The homogeneous construction, with slip retardant embedded throughout the product, ensures reduced slips and falls throughout the life of the product. This Thru-chip technology, combined with Tarkett Sommer's PUR reinforced technology, makes Safe-T Sheet the ideal product for other areas, such as hallways, cafeterias, and patient rooms. Safe-T Sheet possesses all the qualities of Tarkett Sommer's other homogeneous products, with the added advantage of reduced slips and falls.

Safe-T Sheet is installed at approximately $4 - $5 per square foot. For more information, see or locate a distributor by calling 1-800-225-6500.

Domco Tarkett Commercial is a division of Domco Tarkett, Inc., a leading resilient flooring manufacturer with 10 manufacturing facilities and extensive distribution in Canada and the United States. Domco Tarkett Commercial offers Better Flooring Solutions under the Azrock, Tarkett and Tarkett Sommer commercial brands and the Nafco residential brand. For more information, visit or call 1-800-USS-TILE.

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