When creating a hygienic area, or preparing a space which requires repeated cleaning, the choice of material used for wall coverings is an important one to make. Where traditional choices for wall cladding such as tiles or glass may be reliable and most commonly used, the installation and maintenance of these materials makes them far inferior for hygienic applications.
A far more modern and straightforward choice for wall cladding in many hygienic environments is plastic, particularly polypropylene thanks to its low cost and high performance qualities. It is available to buy online in cut to size sheets, though it is suitable for cutting, drilling and machining with handheld tools to suit any space. Easy to install, it creates a seamless wall covering with a professional looking and very low maintenance surface finish.
The qualities of polypropylene which make it a perfect choice for wall cladding include its resistance to chemicals, inherent hinge property and its resistance to water vapour. The inherent hinge property of polypropylene is a high resistance to fatigue caused by movement, including the movement caused by fluctuations in temperature. Where other plastic materials may weaken over time with the expansion and contraction of the material, polypropylene sheeting remains strong and its surface retains its integrity.
The fact that polypropylene is impermeable to water and water vapour is very important when considering it for use in hygienic environments. This not only means that it is food safe, but also that it can be steam cleaned. Thanks to the fatigue resistance of polypropylene sheet, it can be repeatedly steam cleaned with no adverse effects on the surface of the sheet. Furthermore, polypropylene displays fantastic resistant to chemicals and corrosive substances, which only increases its suitability for use in hygienic spaces.
The environments where polypropylene is perfect for use as a low maintenance and reliable wall cladding include:
- Commercial food preparation areas
- Milk parlours
- Schools and care facilities
- Showers and changing rooms
- and many more
Polypropylene is preferred by many as a cost-effective alternative to tiled wall coverings, which although long lasting are not resistant to mould growth or impact, or other more expensive plastic wall cladding such as Stericlad which is treated with silver ion technology to actively prohibit the growth of bacteria. Where Stericlad sheeting is perfect for demanding hygienic environments such as operating theatres, polypropylene sheeting is a reliable and high performance material for more general purpose applications.