Flooring in factories that undertake food production will present a challenge to all flooring contractors. This type of floor will need to be anti-slip but will also need to be hygienic.
Aggressive cleaning chemicals often need to be used to clean the floor to make sure that the hygiene levels are up to standard. In some instances, steam cleaning is also another technique that may be used.
In addition to this, there is also a danger that hot fat or oil may be spilled on the floor and these will need to be cleaned up straightaway, and this may happen several times a day.
All of this means that the floor will need to be tough and durable in order to stand up to this level of cleaning and any spillages that may occur. The floor will also need to have anti-slip properties, which means that even when it is wet or greasy, the surface of the floor will still grip the footwear that is being worn by employees.
Installing this type of flooring is not a job that the factory owner will want to carry out more often than is necessary and it is therefore important to ensure that the correct floor is laid first time round. There are a couple of options for the type of flooring that can be used in this environment. Let’s take a look.
Polyurethane Resin Floors
This type of flooring system has a number of features that make it ideal for use in food production areas. There are no flammability issues and when the floor is installed it will not leave behind a strong odour which may interfere with the food that is being produced and also means that employees can return to work quicker after the job has been completed.
Resin flooring is also able to stand up to changes in temperature that sometimes occur in the food preparation environment. It provides a high level of resistance to moisture and to chemicals which means that it is easily able to withstand common chemicals that are used for cleaning and also steam cleaning.
Aggregates can be added to the resin to give the floor a non-slip texture. The durability of this type of floor means that it can withstand abrasions and impact from a number of sources. It can also stand up to the amount of pedestrian and wheeled traffic that are common in food production factories.
Polyurethane Floor Paint
This paint can be applied to an existing resin or concrete floor to give it the properties that are required to make it safe for food preparation. This floor paint will give the floor all the properties of a polyurethane flooring system but has a number of advantages in terms of installation.
The whole process is a lot less time consuming than installing a brand new floor which means that it may be able to be carried out at a time when the factory would normally be closed, such as over the weekend, and this means that no disruption is caused to the business.
It can also be a lot cheaper than installing a new floor but the existing floor that is to be painted does need to be in a good condition. This type of paint is non-toxic and usually contains abrasion resistant fillers which help keep the finish of the flooring protected and will ensure that it remains durable for a significant period of time.