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Commercial Flooring Options for Kitchens, Bars and Wet Areas

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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:

  1.  Remove fats from the surface of the floor
  2.  Dissolve calcium deposits which lock in fat
  3.  Neutralise any residual acids and alkalies

Commercial Kitchen, Bar and Wet Area flooring preparation

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.

 

Avoid Disappointment

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.

Food Grade Epoxy Coatings

Food grade epoxy coatings are an essential requirement for all food manufacturers. Food manufacturing is the kind of industry that is regulated heavily by strict regulations regarding health and safety. It is for good reason to as if it doesn’t then it can result in many safety problems for workers and in worst cases, outbreaks of food poisoning.
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Epoxy Coatings For Food Manufacturers

Food manufacturing is an area that must adhere to strict industry regulations. This is an important requirement because of the many health risks that are involved if they don’t. Food is something that is at high risk of bacteria developing, it doesn’t take much, and can even result from something like a minor spill. Not only is there the need to protect food from any bacteria growth but there is also a requirement to protect the workers at a food manufacturing plant.
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Food Grade Epoxy Flooring: The Durable Foundation of Hygienic Food Preparation

When it comes to the type of flooring you choose for your commercial food preparation and serving areas there is a significant difference between standard flooring and food grade epoxy flooring. Standard surfaces, such as concrete, do not offer the same level of hygiene and durability that an epoxy floor coating provides. Let’s look at the differences more closely, and you will see that the investment in a food grade epoxy floor covering is well worth it.

Hygiene

A top concern when choosing what type of flooring to use for your food preparation and service facility is, of course, hygiene. Concrete surfaces are magnets for dirt, dust, debris, and mites because the material is, by nature, porous. Also, as it is used over time, and heavy equipment is driven and moved across it, not to mention heavy objects being dropped onto it, concrete also develops cracks. All of this adds up to endless hiding places for dangers that you can’t even see. Sweeping and mopping will never adequately eliminate the problem, since the pores and cracks will always exist.

When you cover the concrete with food grade epoxy flooring, however, you eliminate the hiding places because the coating seals every pore and crack, leaving the entire floor surface exponentially more hygienic for food preparation.

Durability

A concrete floor will withstand some abuse, but over time it will develop cracks and holes. This is due to chemical spills and acidic food spills that are not properly and quickly cleaned up, and heavy equipment being dropped and driven on the floor. When you add the durability of a food grade epoxy, flooring becomes more stable and durable. Cracks and holes are eliminated and your flooring is protected against future episodes since the epoxy combats chemical and food spills, and resistant to damage caused by heavy equipment.

Food grade epoxy flooring is a logical investment. It adds life and durability to the floor, and, more importantly, for commercial food preparation and service areas, the epoxy adds a level of hygiene that concrete simply can’t touch.

Protecting Your Commercial Kitchen Flooring with Kitchen Coatings

When it comes to running a high quality restaurant, safety should be your first priority.  This is why most restaurant owners look for ways that they can improve the safety of their restaurant.  It is not only important that the customers are safe, but it is also important that the staff is safe!  One thing to consider is kitchen coatings for your commercial kitchen flooring.  The kitchen is prone to spills and other messes, which makes it a hazardous area.  This is why you should get slip resistant coating for your kitchen floor.
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Best Practice Tips for the Auto Mechanic

Flooring - mechanical workshop or automotive workshopWhether you are a seasoned auto mechanic or are just opening your first shop it never hurts to take a look around at your safety for yourself, staff and customers. Here are a few tips to keep your garage accident free and keep the cars in your care safe.
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