We stand on floors day in and day out. Yet we often forget that they play more than a supporting role.
And we make a mistake in doing so, since a well-chosen floor makes any indoor space more comfortable and pleasing to use. So, when selecting flooring, we need to be aware not only of its functionality, but also of the fact that it is a vital element of the décor.
A salt cave or halotherapy space is no different. The floor needs to be suitable for the activities carried out there and must be easy to keep clean. But, like every element of the interior fixtures, fittings and decorations, it also has an essential part to play in building an interior design concept. As much as the walls, the kind of flooring and its colour make a crucial contribution to the overall look, melding with the character of the building and forming an inherent part of the décor.
In any number of places going by the name of ‘salt caves’, the floor is sprinkled with a layer of salt, often several centimetres thick. Sprinkling salt on the floor is high impractical, since it makes it very difficult to keep the facility clean and tidy. In order to protect these salt-sprinkled floors, the clientele are either asked to use shoe covers or to enter the ‘cave’ in their socks. Both forms of protection meet with resistance from some clients. In addition, a floor sprinkled with a thick layer of salt is difficult to move around on, not to mention being an obstacle to running movement-based activities.
Sprinkling salt on the floor was originally dictated by the belief that this would generate salt aerosol. However, measurements have unequivocally demonstrated it to be ineffective. Dry salt aerosol can only be generated in an above-ground salt cave or any similar halotherapy facility by using a halogenerator.
There are numerous flooring solutions to be found in public spaces, meeting all the practical and functional requirements while simultaneously highlighting the nature of the building. Floors of wood, stone, tiles manufactured using a range of materials and any number of other solutions are widely used by the construction industry in finishing work. Many of those solutions can just as well be applied when creating a salt cave and are equally well-suited to any other kind of space where dry salt aerosol halotherapy is provided.