FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why don't mosses need light, water or maintenance?
Our mosses are stabilized, which means that they have been treated with a sugar solution (glycerine). This process ensures that all the natural juices are replaced by this sugar solution. As a result, we no longer need to give the plants water or maintenance. All germs, spores or bacteria are removed, leaving the plant sterile. This sterile property is particularly important in germ-free environments, such as hospitals, care institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and the food industry.
In addition to the fact that the plant remains sterile, a stabilized plant has other advantages: it does not need water, sunlight or pruning. This means that a moss wall can hang safely in a dark space, such as a gloomy entrance hall or meeting room. They are ideal for giving a gloomy corner a little more colour and life!
And that’s not all! Mosses are a good indicator of humidity. As soon as the humidity drops below 40%, the mosses will harden. But don’t panic, because as soon as the humidity rises above 40% again, the mosses will regain their natural softness.
Why are moss walls a good acoustic dampener?
Acoustics means the reflection of sound in a certain room. For example, in a room with a large window area, the reflection will be greater. This causes noise pollution, and will negatively affect productivity on the work floor. Everyone is familiar with this annoying reverberation.
Moss panels are a good acoustic dampener because of their structure. Mosses consist of several small branches, which makes the sound less reflective and weakens the reverberation. Therefore, we recommend placing moss panels opposite a window if possible, to absorb the reflection as much as possible.
If you would like more information about the acoustic dampening properties of our mosses, be sure to consult our technical datasheet.
What raw materials do we use to make a moss wall?
We use 3 types of moss to create our moss walls:
Flat moss or sheet moss
This type of moss has a thickness of 10mm to 30mm. This is a big advantage where short depth is desired. It is the best option if a fire-retardant effect is important, for example in healthcare institutions and hospitals.
Ball moss or spherical moss
With this type of moss, the thickness varies between 20mm and 70mm. This moss is available in different thicknesses and sizes.
Moss walls made of spherical moss have a lot of relief and slopes, with different shades of green. This gives the effect of a green hilly landscape in 3D. Together with our client we determine the desired effect and work out a proposal.
Lichen or reindeer moss
Lichen or reindeer moss (cladina stellaris) is actually not moss, but a symbiosis between algae and fungus. This type of moss is originally white in colour but can be coloured in a wide variety of colours through a natural process. Lichen has a branched structure and feels incredibly soft to the touch.
How does the placement of a moss wall happen?
All moss walls are prepared in our workshop. The moss panels are made to measure, this means that an accurate measurement of the location is absolutely necessary. As soon as the moss panels are ready for installation, a delivery date is agreed upon in consultation with our customer. If necessary, Mosco will install the panels outside working hours and even during the weekend, so that your customers will not be inconvenienced by the installation!
During the installation, we attach the moss panels to the wall. Our moss panels are maximum 1m2 and weigh +/- 8kg. The fixing is done mechanically, by means of screws and plugs. Drilling is therefore required. Don’t worry, we have professional tools to carry out this work. As soon as the installation is done, we do a quality check and if necessary, repairs are carried out.
Reindeer lichen is fire resistant and retards the ignition of the underlying material used. It fulfills the fire classification B s2 d0 – testing requirement DIN EN 13501-1:2010:01 for construction materials. On demand, Mosco can use fireproof panels (PVC 3mm / MDF 6mm) as underlay material.
Cladonia Stellaris. 100% natural lichen from Scandinavia and Finland. Lichen is a symbiosis of fungus and algae. It absorbs moisture from the humid air and takes its nutrients directly from the air.
Reindeer moss is a natural humidity indicator. It dries when the relative humidity of the air drops below 40% and becomes soft again when the humidity of the air rises above 40%. It can dry out and soften again several times without any harm to the product.
- 100% biodegradable
- Doesn’t attract insects
- Non allergen
Pigments used for coloring are compliant with European Resolution AP(89)1, and packings with EU Directive 94/62/EC, and TPCH.
Reindeer Moss keeps its form, texture, and colour for many years. It is not recommended to expose products to long-term direct sunlight, weathering or heat sources.
Reindeer Moss is hand-picked. Respectful towards the environment. Reindeer moss cannot be cultivated in any form. It is very important for us that Reindeer moss areas are treated in a sustainable manner to make sure the Reindeer moss fields continue growing in the forests.
All Mosco products are maintenance-free. Our products do not need sunlight. We do not recommend items to be installed into places where they can be exposed to direct sunlight. Our products do not need watering or pruning. Indoor use only.
Lichen is originally white in colour but can be coloured through a natural process in a wide variety of colours.
Reindeer moss itself softens sounds, so it is an excellent material for sound-absorbing purposes. The sound-absorbance is at its best in the frequencies at which speech occurs. This research is conducted by CARE CEDIA in accordance with ISO standard 11654:1997.