After 2020, Your Healthcare Facility Might Need a Refresh. Here Are Some Tips
After a year like 2020, we could all use a fresh start. If you work in the healthcare sector, you’re in need of a new beginning more than most. While many of the challenges of last year will carry over into 2021 and beyond, we can hope that the worst is behind us. Over the past several months, most healthcare facilities found themselves scrambling to care for a greater influx of patients. As a result, your facility might require a refresh, both in spirit and in substance. A fresh coat of paint won’t solve all your problems, but it can help you turn the page and even improve the attitudes and lives of your patients. Plus, if it’s been a while since your healthcare facility received a new coat of paint, you might be required by local or federal law to make this investment.
How to Improve Your Healthcare Facility with a Paint Job
Apply Compliant Paint Inside Your Facility
Painting a healthcare facility’s interior involves more oversight than most other types of commercial interior painting projects. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, these institutions are designed to promote the health and well-being of everyone inside -- any products that violate this purpose cannot be abided. When it comes to refreshing the interior of your healthcare facility, then, you must follow the various laws and guidelines related to the types of paint you’re allowed to implement. These rules may vary depending on the type of facility and its location. Generally speaking, though, paint deemed compliant for healthcare facilities contains zero (or few) volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Zero- and low-VOC paint products will reduce any negative air quality effects and minimize odors often associated with paint so as to not interfere with the health of patients, staff, or guests. Many health institutions will also require the use of non-toxic and eco-friendly paints to cultivate a more sustainable and healthy interior environment.
Most major paint manufacturers have useful resources regarding interior and exterior painting for healthcare facilities. See this guide by Sherwin-Williams, for instance, which outlines specifications for interior and exterior systems based on the area (i.e. kitchens, patient rooms, restrooms, etc.), surface material, and more. It’s also important to hire commercial painting services that have a thorough understanding of these matters.
Invest in the Latest Paint Technology for Healthcare Settings
Healthcare painting is such a crucial subject that many new paint technologies have arisen to ensure the health and safety of those inside. Today, interior painting services can implement microbicidal paint in these facilities, EPA-registered products that can kill a wide range of bacteria and germs such as Staph, MRSA, E. coli, and more within a couple hours of exposure. Best of all, these microbicidal paints can remain active for as long as four years when properly maintained. By introducing these powerful paint products in your healthcare facility, you reduce the likelihood of patients contracting diseases during their stay and can save thousands in associated costs. Other specialty coatings can provide further protection, preventing the growth of mold and mildew and improving air quality.
Brighten Your Atmosphere with the Right Colors and Finishes
The practical aspects of painting your healthcare facility mentioned above are not the only considerations to make, however. Paint is, after all, just as much about aesthetics as it is protecting surfaces and people. In fact, the colors and finishes you choose for your healthcare facility’s interior painting project can have a real impact on the moods of your patients and staff. While color psychology is a hotly debated field, evidence suggests that our mindset is affected by the colors that surround us. Moreover, our mental state is linked to our physical state -- negative emotions such as stress, fear, and sadness can weaken our immune system, making us more susceptible to disease and exacerbating existing conditions. Ideally, then, your healthcare facility should be filled with colors that reduce these negative feelings and promote positive emotions. Implementing light, soft, muted pastel paint colors can help patients relax and in turn help them get better faster.
Approach Your Project Methodically
Any major commercial painting project can be a logistical nightmare -- this is even more the case for healthcare facilities, especially those that are open 24/7. There must be proper coordination between the painting contractor, staff, patients, and guests at all times to mitigate interference between any of these parties. In order to repaint your healthcare facility, you may need to break up the project in chunks. You might focus on one wing or one room at a time depending on your hours, influx of patients, and so on. Prioritization is key when creating a painting strategy and schedule. Start with the areas that need the most attention and go from there. Most facilities must also adhere to a strict budget, so it’s important to iron out the details with your contractor prior to sealing the deal and getting started. Ultimately, your painting project may take several months to complete. Understanding this from the outset will help you manage expectations and act accordingly.
Don’t Forget About Your Exterior
Your healthcare facility’s interior might not be the only area that needs refreshing after 2020. Your building’s exterior deserves attention, too. The outside of your facility is the first thing that staff, patients, and guests see before coming inside, and you want it to make a strong positive impression. Even if your exterior doesn’t need a new coat of paint just yet, you should invest in professional exterior power washing twice a year to remove any dirt, dust, debris, mold, mildew, and so on (pressure washing your exterior is also an essential step for preparing to paint, of course). As is the case with painting your interiors, you’ll want to carefully schedule your exterior renovation services to minimize interference and maximize safety.
Refresh Your Healthcare Facility for the New Year
No one can say what 2021 will bring, but at least we can say that 2020 is now behind us. Investing in a new coat of paint for your facility is an excellent way to hit the reset button, improving your facility and the lives of your employees and patients. If it’s time to update your location, work with experienced local painters you can trust. Nash Painting has been serving Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN for nearly two decades, tackling residential and commercial projects of just about every size and type. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!