How To Create A Safe, Durable, and Sanitary Commercial Kitchen Floor
For commercial restaurants, one of the most important things to successfully operations is making sure things flow properly within the food distribution of the restaurant or cafeteria. This includes making sure that the safety of all servers and workers is adhered to with proper safety protocols. Before designing a restaurant or commercial kitchen most businesses look at all the things they need to purchase to run an efficient and safe food preparation and food delivery environment.
When designing a restaurant or commercial kitchen, it is essential to protect employees against one of the more common safety concerns in a restaurant which is slips and falls. Of all the safety hazards that restaurant employees encounter, slips and falls are the top concerns.
Because of this, the material of the kitchen flooring is an important consideration for all restaurants no matter what size they are. Since food and grime build up on commercial kitchen floors, having a slip resistant material is important. While there are a variety of different types of flooring materials, one of the better choices for safety and easy care of the flooring is an application similar to garage cement floor with an epoxy sealant. This type of flooring is made from a non-porous surface which makes cleaning any spills easy. Additionally, because it is also non- porous, it is also much more sanitary. Porous materials can have a buildup of bacteria and mold in their grooves and pores even after they have been wiped down. This can be a serious potential health hazard in any restaurant environment.
For those commercial restaurants that are concerned about creating a flooring that is more slip resistant because of the types of food they make, an epoxy floor that has some texture in it is usually the best choice. Floors from companies that carry products like epoxy flooring coatings, are usually a very good choice because the epoxy floor is layered in textured marble chips. This is very important because it leaves the final finish of the flooring more coarse than traditional floors because it is ribbed and pebbled with marble. This extra texture offers more safety than a more traditional linoleum or vinyl floor would offer. Linoleum and vinyl floors do not usually have any texture and are usually smooth with no coarseness in the final coating.
In addition to epoxy floors being a good addition to restaurant safety because their materials and the final finish of the flooring is coarse and more slip resistant, there are other safeguards that can be added. Epoxy floors also have the ability to be coated with an extra slip resistant coating to make them even more slip resistant than the standard epoxy floor and far more than traditional flooring. This special epoxy kitchen non-slip additive will make most epoxy floors slip resistant in most situations. This additive should be able to cut down slip risk by a substantial amount.
Another great benefit to epoxy flooring is that epoxy floors are very durable and less prone to damage. Because they are made from a durable mixture of materials they are designed to last for years in almost all restaurant situations. They are very easy to keep clean and can readily be washed down without the need for extensive scrubbing between tiles like more traditional vinyl, linoleum or tile floors.
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