Unlike many other parts of the restaurant establishment, the floor is subject to many factors of abuse, and it is only a matter of time before your floor wears down and needs relaying. Thankfully, there is a variety of coatings at your disposal to help you protect your restaurant's floor, prolonging its life. Here are some of the abuse factors that you should keep in mind to help you work with a floor coating service and choose the right protection for your restaurant's concrete floor.
Exposure to Chemicals
Cleaning chemical agents mixed with food preparation additives and drinks can find their way to your restaurant's concrete floor. Steam and moisture emanating from the host of activities in the kitchen actively break down or combine these chemicals to create corrosive compounds that wear down your floor. If your floor has ordinary paint, tiles or red oxide, you can notice signs of fading, scaling and staining. When choosing a protective coating for your concrete floor, you should keep this in mind by selecting one that can stand up to the aggressive chemicals. Coatings treated with urethane resins can adequately stand up to many chemicals like vinegar, citric acid and ammonia, making them ideal for your restaurant's floor.
Floors in a restaurant facility are exposed to severe thermal shock because of extensive wash down and cleaning processes. Some of these processes require steam or hot water that impose thermal stress on your floor. This can lead to cracking and scaling. To avoid this, you can go for self-levelling epoxy floors, built with lots of flexibility to expand and contract on the same scale with the floor as the temperatures vary.
Restaurants require high standards of hygiene. This not only touches on the way your workers handle food but also includes the areas where the food is prepared. Joints, seams, cracks and fissures on your concrete floor provide a suitable habitat for harmful microorganisms like bacteria, moulds, fungi and other pests to live and grow. This can lead to an outbreak of diseases for your customers and adversely affect your business. For this reason, you should choose coatings treated with antimicrobial additives to discourage the infestation of these organisms on your facility's floor. Ask your vendor if the additives are evenly distributed throughout the coating and capable of remaining in place in spite of the aggressive washing and scrubbing that usually occurs in restaurants.