When it comes to painting a medical facility, special care is required. Commercial painters who specialize in these types of offices and environments know that it is not like painting any other business type. The patient’s health should always be the main concern, which is partly why the paint used is important.
The preparation that is required in these facilities for painting is unlike other jobs. Proper ventilation, the type of facility, and the air quality are only a few factors that the painting specialists must take into consideration. Working cooperatively with the facility’s management and staff can help medical facility painting specialists face minimal obstacles during the painting job.
Different Types of Medical Facilities
The description of medical facilities is not just limited to doctor’s offices and hospital settings. There are other medical environments where painting can be required, but just as much care and preparation must be taken.
ProGroup works with major medical facilities to communicate expectations and requirements to ensure a job that meets the facility’s standards. The most common types of medical facilities we see in the medical facility painting industry are:
- Doctor’s Offices
- Assisted Living Care Facilities
- Diagnostic Facilities
- Medical Offices
- Dental Offices
- Nursing Homes
- Residential Health Facilities
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Urgent Care Centers
Just because these facilities are being painted doesn’t mean that they can cease all operations. Hospitals will still function as normal despite the current interior or exterior painting project. That is why working around schedules and taking special care is required with these types of projects.
Special Care Required
It doesn’t matter where the facility is located. Special care has to be taken when handling a painting job within a medical facility. Factors that must be taken into consideration by painting specialists are the flexibility in the schedule, ventilation, air quality, coatings for the walls, paint quality, and other paint specific properties.
Medical facility painting specialists know what is required when taking on a job of this size. When ProGroup handles medical facility painting, we keep an open line of communication with the facility’s operators and management staff. We have found that cooperation sets the stage for a quick and expedited medical facility painting job that is done right.
Flexibility in Scheduling
Many medical facilities offer their services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which can prove difficult in getting a painting job done quickly. In these types of settings, the painting crew will need to be flexible with the work schedule. The goal is to minimize patient exposure to paint fumes that may be harmful to their health.
The facility’s management should be able to provide optimal hours where patient levels are next to none. These are often evenings, weekends, and holidays. For facilities that are not open every day, using the days it is closed for painting is preferred.
Although it takes longer to finish, it may be optimal for painting specialists to work one room at a time. This will help alleviate any disruptions that might occur and helps keep these environments safer.
Ventilation and Air Quality
One of the first safety precautions that should be addressed when a medical facility painting specialist provides an estimate for a job is the ventilation. Paint fumes and odors can be dangerous to patients and the staff of the facility. As experienced professionals in the medical facility painting industry, ProGroup knows how to address these situations and offer guidance to the management and staff.
Coming up with a plan for preserving the air quality and ventilation before the project starts is the best way to limit or eliminate potential fume exposure.
Why Paint Selection Matters
You may not realize it, but not all paints are created equal. Many paints contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs for short. These VOCs are photo-chemical, and they react when they are exposed to room temperature air. Exposure to VOCs (long- or short-term) can have adverse health effects.
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat
- Respiratory-related issues that worsen
- Difficulty breathing
Some paints are low-to-no VOC and are the most suitable choice for painting a medical facility.
Floor and Wall Coatings
Medical facilities are also likely to require non-slip and epoxy coatings that combat the daily wear and withstand the constant cleaning and scrubbing required. You will most often find these types of coatings in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and surgical suites due to the sterile environment required to safeguard the health of these patients.
Specialty Paint Selections
Understanding the necessity of a sterile space in medical facilities, some paint manufacturers have developed paint products that kill certain types of drug-resistant bacteria, like E. coli, staph, and VRE. Advancements in paint technology have also made it easier to stop bacterial growth and germs from spreading through facilities.
As medical facility painting specialists, it is our duty to be knowledgeable about paints that are designed to be unharmful and eliminate risks within medical environments. For medical facilities, we only use paints that are low-to-no VOC, antimicrobial, and microbicidal.
Antimicrobial paints are additives added to the paint during the manufacturing process, making it resistant to microbes. Microbicidal paints are used to kill infection-causing bacteria.
Color Selections in Medical Facility Settings
Many researchers are convinced that choosing the right colors for a room can affect health and the human body. Colors can be used to express a range of emotions, both positive and negative in connotation. Choosing colors that facilitate happier and more hopeful feelings care betting in medical settings.
So, how should these colors be chosen? Medical providers want their patients to be healthy and happy. You might be surprised what choosing the right color in a room can do for the emotions of those who enter. Careful planning is often done between medical facilities and medical facility painting specialists to create the perfect color scheme.
Room Purpose Indicates Room Color
Have you ever been in a medical facility and noticed that many color schemes are the same? The facilities can be completely unrelated yet have a common feel to them. Here is how many of the color schemes are chosen:
- Waiting Rooms – more vibrant color or use of an accent wall for hopefulness and cheerfulness
- Pediatric Offices – color choices are often cohesive with toys, art, and other accessories
- Surgical Suites – blues and greens are often chosen because they give an overall feeling of calmness
- Treatment Rooms – softer pastel yellows or greens are used to instill calmness
- Consultation Rooms – these paint colors can vary. Using something to instill calm yet provide hopefulness is helpful
- Elderly or Nursing Home Facilities – warm colors like beige or a creamy white facilitate a hominess
Another focus when painting a room is the ceiling. Many patients will spend a lot of time looking at the walls and the ceiling. A fresh coat of paint can make the room seem even more comforting, which is why we always recommend painting the ceiling when painting the walls.
Why You Need Medical Facility Painting Specialists
Patients go to doctors because they need expert medical advice. Medical facilities turn to medical facility painting specialists because they require experts in this particular industry. With in-depth knowledge of the medical painting industry, the right specialist uses communication and commitment to providing only the best services.
What you should expect from a medical facility painting specialist:
- Experience painting hospital interiors and exteriors
- Flexibility in providing services during off-hours
- Knowledge of the paints and coatings required for medical facilities
- Impeccable clean up when the day is over
- Follow and adhere to all safety standards for medical facility painting
- Fully licensed with worker’s compensation and liability insurance – promoting a 100% safe workspace with the protection to back it up
ProGroup’s motto is “every day until it is finished.” We pride ourselves on our project management team’s excellence and offer our full support during every project. When you need a medical facility painting specialist team that is knowledgeable and efficient, you need ProGroup. To start your project estimate, click here.