Epoxy Floor System Replaces Carpeting in Hurley High School, Reduces Allergy-Related Issues

The Herculan IG 400 Epoxy system replaces carpeting in the Hurley High School, reducing allergens and maintenance costs.

The Herculan IG 400 Epoxy system replaces carpeting in the Hurley High School, reducing allergens and maintenance costs.

The 25-year-old classroom carpeting at Hurley High School in Hurley, Wis., contributed to allergy-related issues for students and was difficult for the maintenance team to keep clean.

The Process

District Administrator, Chris Patritto says outdated flooring located in classrooms as well as places like the school library was starting to become a concern.

“As carpeting gets older, it’s tough to get stuff out of it,” he explains. “Now, with all of these kids dealing with allergies, the older that carpeting gets the more irritating it is for those kids. It can be a kind of breeding ground for allergens.”

Patritto got in touch with Cory Corullo, an expert on synthetic flooring, including the Action Herculan brand from Action Floors. He suggested the Herculan IG 400 Epoxy system as a replacement for the school’s carpeted floors, because sometimes things get messy inside a school.

“This solves the problem of the carpet holding dust and germs,” Corullo says. “The floor system can be cleaned in the event of body oils, vomit or blood. This is very important in educational facilities.”

Student allergies weren’t the only challenge. The school’s maintenance team had to work hard to keep the carpeting as clean as possible. It was a losing battle, but our synthetic floors provided a win, saving the school the expense of repeated carpet cleaning.

“Now, rather than spending two or three days cleaning the library carpeting, we go over it with a scrubber and it’s done,” Patritto says.

The Results

The Hurley School District replaced carpeting in a few classrooms at a time over several years. For the 2016 school year, the entire building is completely free of all carpeting. Patritto expects kids will be able to focus on learning instead of allergy symptoms.

The Action Herculan IG Series is a seamless surface that is also environmentally friendly. It is an option for many commercial, retail, and institutional applications.

Patritto is satisfied with the updated floors in his school.

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