If you are running a busy restaurant, butchers, brewery, deli, food storages or any other place that prepares and handles food, having a suitable flooring can determine whether you stay in business or not.
Not having suitable flooring, not only can be a health hazard for your staff, but can also be the reason for food-borne diseases, hefty fines and potential closures.
Your commercial food flooring needs to address several safety issues such as slip resistance, chemical resistance, and abrasion resistance. Eliminating the opportunities for mold and mildew to grow is also a critical factor in food-safe flooring.
Your commercial kitchen floor should also be easy to clean and easy to maintain requiring minimal maintenance to prevent closing down your facility for extended periods of time.
Being easy to clean will reduce the time your staff spends cleaning the floors and give them more time to focus on more important tasks.
Inspected facilities require USDA and FDA approved floor coatings, for any food processing or storing facilities. These floors need to be sanitary and hygienic.
For your commercial kitchen floor to be considered an FDA-approved floor coating, the floor must meet these requirements:
A joint-free seamless finish
Coved at all junctions
Crack and erosion resistance durability standards
Along with the FDA, USDA-approved floor coatings are required to have a crack-free seamless smooth finish.
When your floor has cracks, exposed joints, worn grout lines or gaps, it makes it easy for bacteria, mold, and other contaminants to get trapped and develop a breeding ground for food born diseases and unpleasant smell in your commercial kitchen.
Food safe floor coatings must also have minimal odor to prevent contaminating products with off-putting smells or tastes.
There are a wide variety of FDA-approved floor coatings available, but two options stand out as the best solutions when choosing industrial food-grade flooring.
Urethane coatings hold up to heavy foot traffic, are chemical and abrasion-resistant, and are non-toxic. This combination of durability and safety makes it the ideal solution for food and beverage facilities. These coatings are long lasting, slip resistant, and easy to clean.
They provide a non-porous barrier, that ensures your floor will not absorb harmful bacteria.
Urethane coatings require minimal downtime for installation.
Most food businesses experience less than one day of lost production time and most of the time the floors are installed after hours to minimize even more the down time.
When it comes to solid color epoxy floors, 100% solids epoxy is a great option. These epoxy floors are ideal for high-traffic areas, garages, warehouse floors, and other areas where health and safety requirements are necessary.
If you want a long-lasting, hard-wearing, and solid-color floor, 100% Solids Epoxy Flooring is worth the investment. Epoxy flooring can be blended with different materials to address specific commercial and industrial food-grade flooring issues. Problematic acids and alkalis are not an issue for 100% solids epoxy. Epoxy food-safe flooring stands up to abrasive cleaning products and chemicals as well.
What exactly is coving? The half-round that runs around the perimeter of the floor-to-wall junction is known as coving. Normally, the distance between the wall and the floor is 100mm. Epoxy coving is used around the perimeter to make cleaning easier and prevent fluids from collecting in the corners, where bacteria can thrive.
In most cases, you have two choices. Epoxy coving or aluminum prefabricated coving are best options. The reason we recommend epoxy coving is that it is produced on the spot and hardens up to the wall/floor junction meaning its solid and wont allow liquid to get in behind. When aluminum coving is bonded on after the floor has been laid, there is a gap in between the aluminum coving and the floor to wall junction. This space will trap water and other dirty liquids over time, causing bacteria to proliferate and a stench to develop.
Choosing the correct food safe flooring can be a daunting experience. There are a few important things to consider when choosing the most suitable flooring for your food facility.
1. Does the flooring meet the minimum requirements for food safety in your state?
2. Does the flooring has anti-microbial properties?
3. Is the flooring moisture tolerant?
4. Can it withstand chemicals, animal fats, acids, thermal cycles and alkali?
5. Does the flooring provides a seamless finish?