Healthcare Facilities and Maintenance Painting

 

hospital waiting room

Paint enamel and commercial vinyl by R&H Painting

Maintenance painting in Healthcare facilities

Having painted thousands of rooms throughout our history, R&H Painting is the perfect candidate to handle your clinics maintenance painting needs. Whether it’s remodeling an entire wing of your facility, or just a couple exam rooms or doorframes, trust Minnesota’s experts.

 

If you’re a small practitioner, you can hardly afford to let someone in your waiting room stare at walls that are dirty, smudged, or have nicks in them. If you run a bigger facility, you probably can afford it even less. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so don’t let your maintenance work get left by the wayside.

Services and Products

We understand the busy schedules in your facility, and can accommodate that. Worried about smell? No problem, there is a wide array of products available in Zero VOC (volatile organic compounds i.e. gases) that can help produce an almost odor free painting experience. For a very durable finish, that goes on with minimal odor, we have had great success with acrylic paints from reputable manufacturers such as Sherwin Williams and Hirshfields.

 

R & H even has you covered, no pun intended, for all of your commercial wall covering needs. Whether it be 54” commercial vinyl, woven textiles, or even mica, we have the resources to get your job done right. We have been a consistent supplier of M.D.C. wall coverings since the early 80’s.

 

One commonly overlooked aspect of maintenance work is the condition of door frames. Both metal and wood, but most of the time metal in commercial settings. Are your frames all scratched and nicked like this one?

door frame

Wheelchairs, gurneys, vacuums, cleaning and medical carts, can wreak havoc on metal door frames. Keep an eye open as you move around Minnesota, it seems that the vast majority of HMF’s (hollow metal door frames) have the paint gouged off right down to the bare metal below knee level. Best case scenario, most people may not notice. But what do YOU do when you’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting? You sit there and stare at.. stuff.

What Do Patients Look At, Care About?

First the posters hanging on the wall. It takes a few minutes to read all of them and memorize the cliff notes on the diabetes chart. Then you eyeball the magazine rack; but you don’t dare touch them because you know that the last ten people (who were sick, with a cold or worse) just got done touching them. So you commence to spending a few minutes eyeballing the various medical equipment, the exam table, the soap dispenser, the sink. About now, you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that the Dr. is never going to come! So, there ya sit, staring at the walls. But who just stares at the wall aimlessly? Nobody. The natural tendency is to find something within, or on, the walls. So your eyes slowly start scanning, in search of “something to look at”.

 

For me, this usually starts with a cursory scan of the three walls I can see without getting out of my chair. Then I start over, slowly this time. Eyes slowly, purposefully, roving the top of the baseboards. Now this is when the magic happens! The walls seemingly come alive! Like Sherlock Holmes, you can unravel the mysteries within. You can see a different texture in the paint where the soap dispenser used to be; while also reasonably deducting that it was repaired late on a Friday, because the repairman skipped the sanding portion of the wall repair. He may have been getting antsy to call it a week. As often happens, his/her boss may have told them to “Get both coats on in one shot”, which typically leaves telltale evidence in the DNA of the paint film. It can be revealed by the texture, the sheen and coverage of the paint; which will differ from the rest of the room.

 

After thoroughly investigating all of the  history within or on the walls, your eyes follow the baseboards and eventually wind up at the bottom of the door frame. Which is invariably a minefield of catastrophes. The outside corners will almost always have some nicks in them. Sometimes gouges, dents, scrapes. To tell what caused what though, will prove to be a little trickier. Is that particular dent from a wheelchair or a gurney? Who knows, it’s tough to tell. So here you sit pondering, wondering how all of this destruction could go unnoticed for so long.

 

Eventually the doctor or nurse will come, as they always do, and rescue you from your own thoughts. Check the blood pressure, look at your nose and ears, and whatever else seems applicable. Then, whoosh, they’re back out the door and you’re back to your own devices, or heading out the door yourself. Either way, you’ve usually had a least a full half-hour, to sit and stare at the walls. What kind of impression did that leave on you? If your hospital or clinic is staying on top of things, hopefully it left you with some warm fuzzies inside, and you’re starting to feel better by the time you head out the door. On the flip side, if the facility is anything short of 100% when it comes to aesthetics and overall physical condition, you may not be feeling any better, and may be contemplating switching to another medical office where you get the “warm fuzzies” as soon as you walk in the door.
To make sure that your on the right side of this coin, work with the Pro’s at R&H Painting! We’ll make sure you pass the sniff test, the stare test, the feel test, and every other imaginable test of paint, coatings, and wall coverings within your medical practice, on your schedule! Not even Sherlock Holmes himself will be making any deductions, other than, “Wow, nice paint job!” R&H Painting, if you want it right…!

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