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How to fit hygienic wall cladding

Here at BioClad, we pride ourselves on providing the best hygienic wall cladding solutions for businesses around the world in a wide range of sectors. This would not be possible, however, without a precise and measured approach to the preparation and installation of our wall cladding panels.

Our highly qualified installers follow a stringent process when preparing, measuring and installing our antimicrobial panels. We are one of the leading providers of wall cladding products in the world, but it could only take one sub-standard installation to harm our excellent reputation. It is for this reason why we provide all of our installers with a specific guide to uphold our unparalleled standards.

From specific measurement to our preferred installation techniques, we have been able to construct a guide that helps us maintain our reputation of creating hygienic spaces globally, which we are delighted to share below.

How to fit hygienic wall cladding

BioClad’s three essential elements

Firstly, when it comes to the installation of all BioClad products, there are three elements that are at the forefront of everything we do. These are:

  • Quality – BioClad is a first-class product, complying with exact European standards for PVC manufacture, and then independently tested and verified for its performance in hygienic wall cladding installations.
  • Team – BioClad has a dedicated professional team, and we select our international selling partners very carefully according to how they will interact with our working methods and within the spirit of the BioClad family.
  • Installation – As previously mentioned, BioClad is one of the leading hygienic wall cladding products in the world, when installed properly. Our network of installers are critical to our continued success.

How to fit hygienic wall cladding: our guide

While our hygienic wall cladding installation process is comprised of several elements, the procedure can be split into four sections. These are:

  • Preparation
  • Measuring
  • Cutting
  • Installation

Preparation

Before undertaking any hygienic wall cladding job, it is critical to prepare both the walls and our antimicrobial panels to ensure a tight, sealed finish. Due to the thickness of BioClad (2.5mm), it is essential that our panels are installed on flat, plumb walls that are smooth, clean and dry with squared corners.

Our panels are covered in protective film before installation, as this protects the panel in transit and until installation is completed. This film is not removed until all other trades have completed their works to offer maximum protection throughout the entire installation process.

Measuring

Accurate and precise measurement forms the basis of any hygienic wall cladding job here at BioClad. Our installers point a laser level to the wall and mark a datum line along the laser from which to match wall measurements with the measurements on the BioClad panel.

The same datum line is then used to calculate the position of the cuts that may be needed to accommodate utilities such as pipes, light switches, electrical sockets and other wall-mounted equipment.

Cutting

We understand that no two installation jobs are the same. Whether it’s our hygienic wall cladding panels, wallpaper, or any other wall covering, there will always be a need to fit around doors and windows, and to accommodate odd angles, especially when renovating an older building.

Most of our installers will use powered shears for a quick and accurate cut along or across a panel, an electric jigsaw for cutting slots for utilities and a pair of snips or aviation shears to cut edges and trims.

Installation

Once all of the measurements have been made, our installers are able to begin the installation process. Firstly, our 2-part polyurethane is applied to each panel, ensuring a uniform thickness and coverage across the whole panel, with the exception of a suitable gap around the edge for ease of handling.

The blade of the notched trowel with which the installers apply the adhesive has two edges, one smooth and the second to create texture. This will help to spread the adhesive behind the panel as it is pressed to the wall. Our panels are lightweight, but their weight is significantly increased after a full coverage of adhesive has been applied.

While there are several ways to apply a hygienic wall cladding panel, heat welding is undoubtedly the recommended method of installation for hygienic areas, as it enables a seamless surface with no ligature points, something that is particularly beneficial for healthcare and penal facilities.

BioClad weld is supplied in rolls and applied between two installed panels using a heat welding gun. The weld is passed through the nozzle of the pre-heated gun and applied from top to bottom of the installed panels. BioClad’s weld rod is also impregnated with an antimicrobial additive to ensure maximum hygienic protection.

Other methods of installation

As well as heat welding, we can install our hygienic wall cladding solutions using a number of different methods:

Thermoforming

Corners have always posed a problem for installers, especially in older buildings where edges are rarely straight. Thermoforming allows a BioClad panel to be bent over a heat strip to the precise angle of a corner.

The panels are heated and then shaped into the required angles. This gives a smooth, easy to clean, seamless finishing detail between sheet and corner. Thermoforming has no detrimental effect on the structure of the BioClad panel and does not affect its antimicrobial integrity.

Fitting a two-part ‘H’ trim

A two-part ‘H’ trim is comprised of a PVC rear connecting strip that fixes to the wall between two BioClad panels, and a PVC cover trim that clicks into the rear connecting strip once the panels are installed. This covers the joint to create a smooth aesthetic appearance. The rear connecting strip should be bonded.

Our carefully designed and proven method of installing hygienic wall cladding panels is a testament to our commitment to providing businesses around the world with long term solutions for hygienic spaces.

BioClad® products can only be installed by our certified Elite Installers to ensure the fitting and finishing mirrors the high quality of our products and upholds our quality level of service. We offer training courses for those who want to expand their skills to become a certified Elite Installer. For more information, please click here.

Our hygienic wall cladding solutions help to maintain a clean environment without compromising on design aesthetics. For more information on how we can help your business, contact us today!

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