Health-care facilities increasingly use wall art to promote comfort and healing. Future wall art utilization will be influenced by HAI concerns, the preference for glass-free yet disinfectant-resistant surfaces, sustainability initiatives and custom-imagery trends.
HAIs are a rising concern. While experts debate HAI sources, an increased rigor and frequency of surface cleaning is part of any prevention plan.
Often supported by donors, many hospitals now have art initiatives that include wall art. Disinfectants can damage canvas prints and murals. While walls are not disinfected as frequently as high-touch surfaces, periodic cleaning is necessary. Headwall panels in patient rooms and displays in surgical/ICU rooms require more frequent cleaning. Glass-covered wall art facilitates cleaning, but is often not preferred because of added weight, cost and glare.
Health-care-facility owners increasingly employ eco-friendly materials given sustainability initiatives and economic incentives via building certifications like LEED. This favors bioplastics over petroleum-derived materials and non-toxic materials over harmful substances like formaldehyde and PVC/vinyl.
Most wall art is selected from existing collections. Designers prefer creative themes (teddy bears and stethoscopes in pediatric wings, local sport/artist photos in lobbies), though custom options are often unavailable or expensive.
Can you find eco-friendly, glassless wall art that can withstand cleaning, incorporate any custom image, and do so economically? BioSurf addresses these factors. BioSurf prints any custom-digital image onto a bio-based, eco-friendly film protected by a transparent topcoat. BioSurf is bonded directly to drywall, integrated within wall panels, or fabricated into alternatives to canvas prints and pictures. BioSurf is resistant to steel wool and cleaners like ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide and acetone, making it a promising new decorative surfacing solution for the health-care market.
Using BioSurf, the creative works of photographers, artists and designers can increasingly enhance the ambience of hospitals, pediatric facilities, doctors offices, nursing homes, dental practices, educational and multi-purpose facilities, nurseries, and more. BioSurf can also be used on high-touch surfaces like doors, over-bed tables, bed rails and furniture.