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Posted by: Michelle Gunn | on January 30, 2014
So, you are looking at commercial flooring options for your restaurant kitchen or bar and wet area. Have you thought about the features and benefits you require for this area? Do you want a seamless, impervious flooring system that exhibits slip resistant qualities, is flexible to withstand substrate and wall movement, is easy to clean and highly durable?
If that is the case, and you are looking at epoxy, polyaspartic or polyurethane commercial flooring options, you will find that primarily the most critical aspect of any successful flooring application is the correct preparation of the concrete substrate.
Correct Flooring Preparation is Key!
All food fats and fatty acids MUST be removed from the substrate prior to any application as these floor areas are likely to have oils, grease and cleaning chemicals bedded within the surface layers.
The flooring surface should be prepared first with a diamond concrete grinder. Why you ask? The surface needs to be grinded back to a depth sufficient to remove the contaminated top layers and to expose clean concrete. A high-pressure water cleaner should then be used to clean the surface.
It is important to note that floors exposed to food fats from cooking and food preparation require a three step cleaning process this is to:
- Remove fats from the surface of the floor
- Dissolve calcium deposits which lock in fat
- Neutralise any residual acids and alkalies
Areas that attract heavy staining such as floors under stoves and cook tops will require additional attention.
Doing bar and kitchen floors usually involve high exposure areas that are often visible to the public and in addition are under scrutiny by local health departments. The Rhino Linings® coating system can provide a flooring surface that satisfies a range demands for you, the owner and the health authorities.
In most cases, due to long opening hours in the hospitality industry and with these types of flooring applications, you will only have a limited windows to have the work completed. Being aware of this allows you to successfully work in with your flooring applicator where they can map their preparation and application carefully, over two or three nights if necessary, ensuring a quality job upon completion.
It is imperative that corners are not cut in an attempt to have your flooring job completed due to unrealistic time constraints. After all, your disappointment that the job will take an extra night will be quickly forgotten when the completed floor more than meets your expectations and that of the health department.