Cleaning Vinyl Flooring – tips and tricks

Vinyl flooring

A guide to cleaning vinyl flooring

 

A key benefit of vinyl flooring is its ease of maintenance, but the benefits of this can only be felt if the floor is cleaned properly! Here are a few tips and tricks to cleaning vinyl flooring, so it looks fresh and as good as the day it was purchased.

1. Use entrance matting

If you can reduce the amount of dirt and dust that is being brought onto your vinyl floor, then you reduce the amount you have to clean later. Commercial entrance matting is an obvious solution, ensuring that any loose particles are removed from shoes before being tracked into the office. This ensures all stones and other materials are quickly removed, and that nothing will scratch or damage the vinyl surface.

2. Regular cleaning

If you remove dirt and dust that builds up on a daily basis, then you can ensure that it won’t get ground into the material through constant foot traffic. Daily dust mopping or using a soft broom to collect all the foreign materials will allow your vinyl to last longer, and presents an efficient way of keeping your vinyl flooring looking new for as long as possible.

3. Use low-impact techniques

Rather than automatically using heavy-duty cleaners which blast dirt away with force, it’s best to consider low-impact techniques to ensure the longevity of your vinyl floor.

Daily dust mopping is highly recommended to remove dirt. It may also be necessary to clean the tile by using a damp mop or auto scrubber. If cleaning with a damp mop, you should use a neutral pH cleaner. If using an auto scrubber, the Red 3M pad is recommended. 

4. Use protective feet on your office furniture

Heavy office furniture, including desks and chairs which have to hold weights such as computers and people, may damage or dent your vinyl flooring. This is especially true of furniture that stays in the same place. These dents can be prevented by fitting all of your office furniture with specially designed floor protectors. Often inexpensive, they can really help your vinyl flooring to last longer.

5. If discolouration occurs

It i s important to wipe immediately with a paper towel or cloth. If spots have already dried, they might be removed using a plastic scraper. The area should then be washed with diluted cleaning agent using a damp cloth or sponge. 

If obstinate spots remain remove with a firm nylon sponge. Should the spot still remain, moisten a cloth with clear odourless mineral spirits and rub with circular movements over the whole area. Always test in an inconspicuous area to check for compatibility of the mineral spirits and flooring 

6. General notes

Always clean your vinyl floor regularly, and ensure that the cleaning equipment you use is also clean. Clean up any spills immediately, and when using cleaning products, never mix products from different manufacturers, as they may not be compatible. One final tip for you – always follow the manufacturers’ recommendations!

For more details take a look at our cleaning and maintenance guides for LVT and Safety Flooring.

Why vinyl flooring for commercial spaces

Different pattern of vinyl tiles on floor advantages of vinyl for commercial spaces

The advantage of vinyl flooring in commercial spaces

 

This article looks at vinyl flooring, considers all of its advantages and shows how effective it could be when used as your commercial flooring solution.


When installed correctly, vinyl floors look amazing. Designed to replicate a large number of different styles, you can get the aesthetic appeal of something luxurious at a fraction of the price.

Vinyl flooring can be used to mimic wood, natural stone and tiles, all in a variety of colours and patterns, all while allowing durability and easy maintenance – something which appeals to a large number of commercial users. For more detail on different types of commercial flooring see our blog on the subject.

Some of the main benefits of vinyl flooring are:

1. Choice of design and type

Designs and manufacture have come a long way since vinyl first appeared on the scene. Vinyl flooring comes primarily in three sizes. Vinyl sheeting is a modern variation of old linoleum, and allows for texture in your flooring, with ease of installation. The fact sheet vinyl can be installed in just one or two solid unbroken pieces means it is a better barrier to moisture, which is why in areas where moisture is a regular occurrence it is often chosen over planks and tiles.

Vinyl tiles enable you to make a pattern on your floor area, or create a more natural look. Vinyl planks mimic hardwood planks and come in a range of lengths and widths – small herringbone pieces for example enable you to recreate a traditional floor style that is still very much on trend.

2. Durability and sustainability

Vinyl flooring is extremely durable. There are a number of coating options you can choose to help increase scuff and mark protection, but vinyl is usually resistant enough in areas of normal foot traffic. We recommend looking at the specification and ensuring that it is Class 33 for commercial use (EN649/33). We also recommend that it has a minimum R10 Slip Rating.

One extra advantage of vinyl tiles and planks is the ability to change certain areas of the floor without needing to replace the whole area, so is a great option for busy offices and a cost saving option in the long run. For even speedier installation and ability to change flooring, looselay (such as Axis) is the perfect solution. Another advantage is that vinyl has become a more sustainable option, usually containing a high proportion of recycled material.

4. Ease of maintenance and installation

One key advantage of vinyl over its fabric counterparts is its ease of cleaning. Vinyl resists liquid, so any spillages or drops can quickly be mopped up, and they won’t sink into the material and leave a stain. Dust and dirt can easily be cleaned from vinyl flooring too, which makes it ideal for areas which need to maintain high hygiene standards. For more details on how easy it is to maintain vinyl flooring read our article on the subject.

Carpet Tiles – back to black or shades of grey

Escarpment black carpet tile example

Black carpet tiles increasing in popularity and grey remains on trend

 

In this article, we consider why carpet tiles are perfect solutions for office flooring, and the advantages they offer. We also take a look at colour choices. We consider why black carpet tiles might be becoming increasingly prevalent on office floors and what makes grey still the most popular colour.


Carpet tiles were invented around 60 years ago and were initially created as a cheap and hard-wearing alternative to traditional carpets. Along with their longevity, they are also extremely easy to transport and install, making them the ideal commercial choice. Carpet tiles have no need for underlay, so they can be laid straight down and are perfect for raised access flooring. Standard sizing means reduced waste from cutting to size (making them also a more sustainable option), and the tiling structure means that worn-out areas can easily be replaced without removing the whole carpet.

So while many offices find choosing the type of flooring easy, with carpet tiles offering an almost perfect solution, one challenge is deciding what colour to use. Tiles come in a whole range of colours and patterns, and since your floor colour will define your office space, it’s important to get this right. Manufacturers are always introducing new colours and designs, yet there is and always will be strong favourites, and the reasons for this are evident.

It is probably no surprise that grey is acknowledged as very much on trend for 2019 and will no doubt be for some time, but black carpet tiles are also still proving a real winner over the many different colour options available. In fact Progression Black Ice is by far one of Duraflor’s most popular choices.

1. Hiding stains

If you work in an office with a large amount of foot traffic, or where things may be spilt, then black is a great colour to hide this. Obviously, we would still recommend getting your carpet tiles cleaned as often as needed, but a dark colour helps to hide stains in between cleaning. Offices that receive large amounts of external guests always appreciate this, as nothing puts a potential client off as much as a dirty office.

2. Colour versatility

Black is an excellent colour as it matches with many other colours. With black carpet tiles, you don’t need to worry about the colour of your walls, ceiling or even office furniture, as they will all look great with black flooring. For office spaces that are often changed, or if you are considering repainting the walls in the future, then black allows you the flexibility to do this without needing to change the carpet tiles too. The other advantage is that black carpet tiles can be used in conjunction with brighter colour, we especially find that customers look to choose their company brand colours for standout.

As with grey, there are also shades of black and often a subtle pattern with a black tile gives a high level of sophistication. We see that with our Natural Terrain Collection subtle designs in Escarpment, Plateau and Tundra Ranges being created to an even more dramatic effect when the summit is chosen as a colour option. We also know the combinations of black work especially well when using different shapes to create contrast, as seen with our Hexxtile range and Plank offer – especially Progression Plank.

3. Formality

As well as offering versatility, black flooring also lends your office a sense of professionalism and formality that more vibrant colours couldn’t offer. This does depend on the type of work you do, and the brand image you want to portray, but black will allow you to be formal where necessary – if you want to add colours you can always add splashes of colour to the floor with carefully chosen feature tiles.

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Making carpet tiles work harder

Making carpet tiles work harder colour as a path finder

Ideas on how to make carpet tiles work harder

 

We consider ways companies can make carpet tiles work harder and create additional benefits beyond those associated with a good floor covering.


 
Despite the potential for brilliant versatility and depth of impact, carpeting is an often tragically overlooked component of interior design. At most, it will be used as merely a complement to larger pieces, such as furniture or signage.

But the potential for achieving great designs with carpet tiles are nearly limitless, providing a little imagination is employed. From using carpet choices to reflect the themes of your company’s brand to using them to highlight the different uses of your office space, we consider how carpet tiles can be used to lift an office out of the mundane, and help it stand out from the competition.

1: Mapping out space
 
One of the simplest ways carpeting can be used to bring life into your office space is by incorporating it into the space’s layout and features. Most offices are built in a very similar way; reception areas featuring waiting rooms with tables and chairs, side doors or diverging paths that lead through into open areas for desks and workspaces, and far walls are occupied by individual offices or conference rooms.

Bring flair to this layout by placing carpet tiles as a means of floor definition; Hexxtile’s hexagonal flooring tiles, with its wide variety of distinctive colours, can be used to draw the eye to chairs at the centre of a waiting room. Brighter, more vividly coloured tiles, such as the 2529 Hexxtile Jet Engine, underneath and in the immediate area of focal furnishings, like a sofa, could be contrasted by darker tiles at the perimeter, like the 2524 Hexxtile Night Sky. Their geometric design, with its harsh angles, would serve to highlight this further.

Designated collaborative workspaces can be marked more clearly through the use of flooring effects which also allow their characteristics to be more clearly defined; the Freedom Bark pattern, with its delicate tweed aesthetic, could be used to great effect when highlighting an area designated for creative thinking, where co-workers can meet and brainstorm ideas.

Carpet tiles can used as a way-finding device in a business, naturally leading employees to different areas and making them more inviting.

Having different pile weights and structure of tiles helps create different environments within a single office environment, this can include a more ‘resimercial‘ area for relaxing or informal meetings.

 

2: Push the brand
 
Companies rise and fall based on the strength of their marketing campaigns. Customers need to have the brand firmly etched in their mind from the moment they walk through the door, so touches of it should be seen everywhere they look. The colour, size and shape of commercial carpet tiling can be chosen to suit key elements of a brand’s theme.

One approach, we have previously suggested to interior designers is that when designing flooring for a client, you imagine yourself as a client taking a visitor on a tour of the business. The brand cues should be strategically placed where they would impact the most on the tour.

4 ways carpet tiles can embrace the art deco revival

art deco design cubism

Art deco – making a come back

 

Popularised between the years of 1924 and 1940, art deco is an art movement that utilises bold colours and design. It features geometric patterns and draws influences from cubism. Room renovation and art often inspire each other, and as of late art deco has been making its way into many offices and commercial buildings. Here are some of the ways that the versatility of carpet tiles can be used to mimic art deco.


 

Geometric patterns

One of the most distinctive features of art deco is its vibrant geometric shapes. Although hexagon tiles have been coming into fashion lately for their unusual honeycomb tessellation, they’re also perfect for replicating the simplicity of art deco. Our Hexxtile range is the perfect combination of playfulness and simplicity. Try alternating bright colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel for a bright contrasting effect sure to grab the eyes of anyone that walks by. Check out the works of Sonia Delaunay, who pioneered the use of geometric shapes in fashion, for more inspiration.

Varying line thicknesses

Art deco was so popular in its heyday that it even inspired its own Gatsby-esque font. You’ll probably recognise it. Try replicating this font by varying the line thicknesses in linear carpet tiles. Unless you’re aiming for a very striking effect, we would recommend that you stick to same or similar shades of colour throughout laying. Alternatively, take a look at the new Magnitude range for more linear inspiration.

Colour choices

As we’ve previously mentioned, colour plays a large part in showing off that distinctive art deco style. One of the most famous art deco establishers is Jean Dunand, who was renowned for his use of black, red and yellow. This translates well into carpet design for bright casual spaces. If you’re wanting to design an office space that’s contemporary and promotes an upbeat mood, then vibrant colours are perfect Alternatively, try layering with cooler shades of blue and green when designing for more productivity-centred rooms. If you’re interested in more of how colours can change a room’s mood, check out this blog post by us.

Touch of glamour

Underpinning art deco is the fine nuance of glamour and modernisation. With the prominence of abstraction in interior design recently, it’s the perfect time to utilise the subtlety of decadent colours. These are usually more muted colours such as tan colours and creams; an excellent example of this is the 1930 cover of Vogue by Harriet Meserole. Like blues and greens, clean colours such as whites and creams elicit a feeling of calmness in office spaces, making them perfect colour combinations to unconsciously promote work rate. To bring such glamour to life on floors, we recommend a motif design of squares or other simple shapes in slightly varying tone differences for a truly luxurious touch of the 1930s. See the Freedom Pavement carpet tiles for a sample of how simplicity can be divine in interior design.

How to be more creative with carpet tiles

Carpet tiles used creatively

Ways to be creative

 

If you are looking for ways to be more creative with carpet tiles, look no further! From zoning areas to shape choices, we explore the best ways to use carpet tiles.


When designing an office space, particularly an office floor, it can be easy to become too focused on the practicality of the space and let creative elements of the design slip. Many designers favour carpet tiles for offices due to their flexibility and practicality but there is a creative side that is worth remembering. Below we explore some fun and practical ways to be more creative with carpet tiles…

1. Design flexibility

In many ways, carpet tiles offer a much larger degree of flexibility when compared to wall-to-wall carpet. Because the carpet is modular, it means that different colours and designs can be laid side by side. Advances in production levels result in an ever wider range of colours, shades and designs. Individual carpet tiles that can be used to create endless unique combinations. You can create a uniform design with a single product, or combining different collections, colourways or textures to add variety and diversity. With modular flooring you have the flexibility to bring a vision for a floor to life.

2. Innovative zoning

Open-plan offices are increasing in popularity as businesses are ditching their walls in favour of open-space collaborative areas. Carpet tiles can be creatively used in open-plan offices to separate certain areas without the use of walls. For example, carpet tiles in blue can be used in break areas and grey tiles used in collaborative work zones to signify certain office areas without affecting the open-plan design of an office.

3. Create different ambiences

Traditional carpet offers numerous ambient and aesthetic benefits; they are warm underfoot, they absorb sound – which can be incredibly handy in busy office environments. All of these benefits are also available with carpet tiles, but there are added advantages of choosing different pile weights and textures as even in an open plan office you can create a more resimercial area for staff to relax.

4. Vary your shape choices

When you think of carpet tiles, you will most likely think of square or plank tiles. While there are many benefits to using square tiles, such as the ideas of stability they inspire, many designers fail to consider hexagon tiles for a more creative flooring approach. Hexagons exist in nature, in beehives, for example, making them a dynamic and harmonious flooring option. Plus, hexagons can be cut to fit any room, making this ideal for offices of all sizes.

If you are looking for carpet tiles of exceptional quality, look no further than Duraflor. Interested to know more about how to use our carpet tiles creatively? Simply get in touch today and we can help you create innovative office flooring for your next design project.

Dark or light flooring?

Dark vinyl on a kitchen floor

Choosing between dark and light flooring

 

These days floors come in all kinds of colours, but the challenge always comes back to deciding on whether to choose something light or dark flooring. With mixed messages on which is easier to keep clean and which will match the decor better, here are a few tips that can help you make the right decision for your office:


Showing the dirt

Both carpet and vinyl are easy to maintain, so showing dirt isn’t so much of a problem, but it can be one of the considerations when determining the tone of the flooring.

If you’re opting for carpet tiles, then lighter colours will show stains more easily than darker ones. This is because most stains will be caused by mud from shoes or food and drink, which are dark such as coffee. However, if you’re opting for vinyl floors, the opposite is true. It’s easy to wipe up mud and spills from light floors, but darker vinyl will show things like dust very clearly, making it important to sweep or vacuum more regularly. The best way to avoid dirt and stains showing regardless of the material, however, is to choose a dark or light coloured floor that has multiple shades or patterns in it.

The illusion of space

Lighter flooring gives the illusion of more space in any room, especially when paired with white walls and plenty of natural light. However, darker flooring with light walls can create a more dramatic, modern look. It’s also easy to use carpet tiles to mark out certain zones of the office in a darker shade to really draw the eye. Darks overall create more drama in rooms with lots of light. Dark walls and floors will make a room seem smaller and that might actually be something you look to achieve, for example to create a more intimate environment to relax in, or not make an open plan office seem too vast.

Easier to scratch

Typically, darker floors are more prone to showing scratches, though this is much less of a concern with vinyl than it would be with hardwood floors. However, if you or your client does work in an industry where scratches are common, it may be a good idea to go for a lighter coloured floor.

Creating an appropriate look

Of course, you also have the option of going for a bold, distinctive colour like red or yellow. But, in addition to tone it is worth considering colour psychology and the importance of light to stimulate creativity, productivity and wellbeing.

It is also worth considering the ambience you want to create. Lighter hardwood effect floors for an example, can create a sunnier, more cheerful atmosphere. Dark floors exude classic elegance, and seem more aligned with nature and are perceived as warmer than lighter wood floors. Dark flooring can create the visual impression of the earth beneath your feet, which can encourage feelings of emotional security, and make a room feel more inviting.

Get in touch

Here at Duraflor, we have a whole range of commercial flooring solutions to suit you. Whether you’re looking for lighter or darker colours or just need a little help, we are more than happy to advise.

Cleaning carpet tiles – top tips

Carpet tile with coffee spill - cleaning carpet tiles top tips

Making the most of your investment

 

Cleaning carpet tiles will need to be part of your maintenance programme, if you want to make the most of your investment and preserve your work space’s clean and efficient look. Soiling and general wear adversely effect the appearance of carpet tiles. So here are just a few top tips on making sure your carpet tiles make the best impression possible on visitors and clients.


Never rub stains

If you notice someone spilling their coffee, make sure they don’t start rubbing at the stain furiously with a cloth. This will only push the stain deeper into the carpet and help it to set more quickly. By dabbing gently inward, the stain will be soaked up and won’t spread further or deeper.

For removal of paint, grease and even tar a carpet spotter can be used but it is essential to check colour fastness. Spray the spotter onto a clean, white cloth and press onto the carpet. Check in a hidden area for any colour transfer and if there isn’t a problem use sparingly to remove the stain. After any chemical treatment has worked, water can be used to flush the stain, this should then be dried. It will be important however to check with the manufacturer with regards different extraction methods, as they will vary with the type of tile.

Although it might be tempting to leave a stain until you can get the professional cleaners in, it’s best you do whatever you can to treat the mark before it sets. Whether this is using an approved cleaner for your carpet tiles or blotting gently at the stain, it’s important you don’t wait for months before cleaning carpet tiles with marks that can become ingrained. If it’s a big stain, call someone to take a look right away.

Take care about what you use

Some commercial carpet cleaners are harsh so it is important to choose carefully. Some general rules apply. Don’t use products that contain odorous or flammable solvents and avoid product with a pH level over 9.5. Also products that contain optical brightners can adversely affect the colouration of the carpet. Always patch test.

Vacuuming isn’t enough but needs to be done

Vacuuming is essential to remove particles of dust and larger pieces of dirt, helping staff to breathe easier and feel more comfortable. To really make your carpets more hygienic, they need to be deep cleaned professionally.

Focus on certain areas more than others

Not all your carpet tiles will become dirty at the same speed. Areas near doorways and corridors with lots of traffic will need more attention than rarely visited store cupboards. You will you need to clean these areas more.

Invest in entrance matting

Research proves that up to 90% of dirt in a building is ‘walked in’ or comes in via wheeled traffic. Reducing this dirt and moisture increases the life of floor coverings, increases the attractiveness of building and saves money. Having an entrance matting or barrier tiles significantly reduces the amount of walked-in dirt within the main building.

Download our Carpet Tile Cleaning and Maintenance Guide available on each of our Carpet Tile Range pages for additional support.

Advantages and disadvantages of carpet tiles

Workplace Neon used for wayfinding in office

Considerations for and against choosing carpet tiles

 

Carpet tiles are the perfect option for commercial premises due to their ease of maintenance, durability and versatility. We discuss all the benefits of installing carpet tiles in your premises. We also consider some of the pros and cons when it comes to considering alternatives.


Advantages of carpet tiles

 

Finding the right flooring options for high-traffic areas is always a challenge. Carpet tiles are often referenced as the ‘natural commercial flooring choice’ for demanding applications.

The key reasons being:

1. Versatility

One of the biggest advantages of carpet tiles is their versatility. You can find carpet tiles in every colour, and in a wide variety of sizes and textures. Carpet tiles are also great for odd-shaped spaces and spots that are hard to get to. That makes these tiles perfect for many office and industrial applications, where spaces are often tight.

2. Durability

The durability of a carpet tile installation is another popular selling point, and a major advantage. Quality tiles can last for 10-20 years before showing any real wear at all.

Just as importantly, carpet tiles are easy to replace when they do start to show their age. Unlike a traditional carpet installation, which must be replaced as one piece, a carpet tile installation means you can swap out individual tiles as needed.

3. Easy maintenance and easy access

Carpet tiles are also easy to maintain. Vacuuming is really the key. Regular maintenance is important, but those care needs are actually very simple. Plus, instigating them is a real cost benefit. Another maintenance advantage is that the tiles can be easily lifted, if access is needed to the floor beneath.

4. Cost and time

The other advantages are around cost savings. This is based on how easy they are to fit and also the fact there is less waste than with broadloom. It is also worth thinking about different quality and types of tiles (pile weight, structure, yarn type) for different room requirements. There is quite a wide selection of options. Additionally, cost savings also include energy costs when you consider the insulation properties of carpet.

5. Design Flexibility

Carpet tiles are no longer about ‘boxy” designs. There are different shapes, greater transition of colour from tile to tile, and an opportunity to be creative with laying patterns and zoning to create a unique space every time.

6. Wellbeing Advantages

There are many benefits here including warmth and acoustic benefits, which contribute to wellbeing. In fact their layered structure can absorb even more structure-borne sound than wall to wall carpeting. They also provide a better foothold than smooth floor materials and being comfortable under foot is beneficial to staff. Especially those that have to stand for long periods of time as part of their job.
 

How do they compare to other flooring?

 

There are advantages to other flooring (especially vinyl) but with carpet tiles there is usually more versatility in design compared hardwood and vinyl options. For large scale patterning and custom designs, wall to wall carpet could be a better solution, but from a cost, maintenance and ease of installation perspective carpet tiles are definitely the stronger choice.

We mentioned durability and if correctly specified, they can last for well over 20 years (meeting most requirements), however vinyl and hardwood are likely to be more durable.

A primary benefit of vinyl flooring is its moisture resistance. Having said that compared to broadloom carpets, carpet tiles have advantages there as well.

There is a debate around the level of hygiene versus alternatives, but they do improve the indoor climate by trapping particles and allergens. We certainly recommend a good maintenance regime for any type of flooring. We also found this report very interesting when it comes to dispelling myths around carpet tiles and how they might compare with vinyl alternatives.

Let us help

For details on the advantages of vinyl, read our blog on the subject, and if you need any specific advice on a project and what is the most suitable solution, don’t hesitate to contact us.

3 Office Design Features to Facilitate Deep Work

checking phone is a distraction to deep work

Deep work takes productivity to the next level

 

A look at how the design of your office space can influence what Cal Newport calls “deep work” – taking focus and productivity to the next level.


For every business owner and entrepreneur out there, the “Million Dollar Question” is always going to be how to ensure that your staff work as efficiently and harmoniously as possible, at any given moment.

The author and academic Cal Newport has an interesting thought on that subject. His idea is that the key to quality work isn’t so much the number of hours spent grinding away, as the amount of time doing what he calls “deep work.”

Here are a few ways in which the design features of your office itself can be set up to facilitate “deep work.”

Set up co-working common areas, alongside isolated “nodes”

Deep work is, according to Newport, something that can only really be done in the absence of all distractions – and he counts interactions with other people, checking email, and other such common office activities, as “distractions.”

In fact, Newport cites convincing research evidence that even just checking your phone or email for a few seconds can ruin your ability to really “focus” for as much as half an hour afterwards.

Clearly, the modern office trend of co-working spaces and shared offices may not be great for deep work, for this reason. And yet (and Newport admits this, too) there are certain benefits to co-working spaces. They seem to be good at generating raw ideas, specifically.

One suggestion for getting the best of both worlds, that comes straight from Newport’s book, is to have a working environment which features optional co-working common areas, but which also features isolated “node” office or cubicle spaces, where people can withdraw to really hammer out projects, solo.

Ensure that all furniture and fixtures are as simple, streamlined, and easy-to-clean as possible

There’s a reason why commercial flooring, of the type that is typically found in offices and restaurant kitchens, isn’t the same as the kind of luxurious flooring you’re likely to find in a plush up-market home.

Everything outside of actual “work” should barely register in your employee’s conscious awareness. It should all largely take care of itself.

Prioritise a naturally healthy working environment

Believe it or not, but there is research showing that patients in hospital rooms recover faster when they can see a tree from their window.

Engagement with the natural world seems to be incredibly important for overall health. But, a naturally healthy working environment doesn’t have to be a mini-forest. Such an environment can, in fact, be established simply by focusing on air-quality, good lighting, and so on.

Stale air can lead to Sick Building Syndrome, and a lack of sufficient lighting can cause mood and circadian rhythm disorders among your staff. Install a HEPA air filter, strong artificial lights, and plenty of windows, in order to provide the best possible environment for your employees to work “deeply” in.