How to Select a Flooring System to Meet Your Business Sanitation Requirements

Think of your flooring system as both the frontline and last resort – any present chemical, microbe, acid or bacteria will quickly or eventually find its way to the ground level.

Sanitation needs are as unique as business operations. A restaurant or hotel will have far different demands than a warehouse or automotive shop. Yet no matter the operation, flooring plays a critical role in the cleanliness and sanitation of that space. Think of your flooring system as both the frontline and last resort – any present chemical, microbe, acid or bacteria will quickly or eventually find its way to the ground level.

Carpet, wood and rubber are examples of flooring materials that can actually trap and foster the growth of bacteria, mold or pollen, posing a health risk for all who come in contact. Alternatively, resinous coatings and polished concrete can enhance cleanliness and sanitation efforts (not to mention they last longer and stand up to more environmental conditions).

It’s important to ask: What will my floor come into contact with? How can I quickly and easily mitigate any health hazards? That answer lies in your flooring system selection. Options may include:

Epoxy Coatings & Slurries

With a wide range of smooth and textured options, epoxies are standbys in residential, commercial and some industrial environments. Highly durable and versatile, these floors are also seamless, which means contaminants won’t build up in the cracks and seams. Various systems have been formulated to meet specific FDA, USDA, military and other governmental regulations.

Polished Concrete

Sleek and modern, the benefits of polished concrete extend beyond aesthetics. An ideal choice for homes, retail spaces and office buildings, these floors can reduce dusting, further protect the concrete and minimize wear and tear. Maintenance is minimal, as there is no need to aggressively scrub, wax or shine the floor.

Urethane Mortars

Designed for industrial environments, such as food and beverage processing areas and pharmaceutical labs, urethane mortar is used in areas where a harsh resistance to chemicals, thermal shock, impact and abrasion is required. They are moisture tolerant and may include an anti-microbial additive, further inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.

Secondary Containment Coatings

Used in mines, plating facilities and biomedical plants, secondary containment coatings help contain any chemical leaks and spills from polluting the surrounding environment and groundwater. They also ensure any potentially hazardous chemicals can be cleaned and disposed of quickly. Such coatings can help secondary containment structures achieve compliance with the EPA and OSHA, among other regulatory bodies.

Contact us to discuss your sanitation needs, and we will recommend the appropriate flooring system.