It’s common sense that sanitation is imperative in industries such as restaurants and hospitals, but it’s becoming more and more clear that sanitation is important everywhere—and nowhere gets dirtier than the floor.
Hospitals and restaurants already know that keeping pathogens from a workspace floor takes more than just disinfectant. That’s why they augment their cleaning process with hygienic flooring systems.
Why Sanitary Flooring?
Microorganisms spread at a rapid pace on facility floors. Bacteria and microbes easily hitch rides on the shoes of anyone traversing your facility, and weather elements can blow pathogens inside. Before you know they’re everywhere—attached to equipment and inventory and nestled in porous or cracked tile grout, floor seams, and other hard-to-reach crevices. Simple disinfectants often will miss these places.
However, a flooring material called “fluid-applied, virtually seamless flooring” can help mitigate this problem by making the disinfectant process easier. These floors are resinous, made with epoxy and urethane. Because the surfaces have nearly no seams or grout lines, are crack resistant, and have no crevices or sharp angles, pathogens have almost nowhere to hide.
Which Facilities Can Utilize Hygienic Flooring Systems?
Government regulations mandate that vulnerable industries like hospitals, food processing facilities and restaurants use sanitary flooring. However, in our new global environment, all industries are being asked to step up and take new precautions such as more frequent and thorough cleanings using a wider array of harsh chemical sanitizers, which can damage weaker flooring systems.
Fortunately, industrial grade, fluid-applied resinous flooring is designed for tough environments and to withstand harsh disinfectant chemicals. It now is often used to protect the cleanliness of facilities such as:
- Grocery stores.
- Research facilities.
- K-12 schools.
- Communal housing.
- Nursing homes.
- Prisons, correctional and public safety facilities.
- Data centers, electronics assembly and clean rooms.
- Animal care and veterinary offices.
- Food service and hospitality.
- Industrial and hospital laundry operations.
- Municipal buildings.
These are just some of the many facility types that continually are adopting hygienic resinous flooring. Because they’re so durable, this flooring is optimal for almost any location no matter the level of foot traffic or abuse it may take.
Resinous Flooring for Optimal Pathogen Control
It’s important to pick the right flooring for the particular performance requirements at hand. The complete line of Ucrete flooring systems can meet both aesthetic and functional requirements. Our specialists can help you select the right flooring for your aesthetic and pathogen control needs. Below are the two categories of flooring used to improve sanitary conditions.
Sanitary, Virtually Seamless Epoxy Flooring
Most commercial and industrial operations choose fluid-applied epoxy flooring—a concrete coating solution. Because this singular surface replaces grouted tile, planks and sheets, it expands the lifespan of the flooring and makes cleaning easier. This flooring is also aesthetically flexible with almost unlimited design and color options. There are thickness and topcoat options to epoxies tailored for your facilities needs.
Hygienic, Virtually Seamless Urethane Concrete Flooring
Ucrete urethane concrete systems are useful for industries that use lots of acids and alkalis as well as those with continually wet conditions (such as food and beverage processing facilities). Ucrete RG may be applied as a cove base to aide in sanitation. They were invented to resist impact, chemical attack, be slip resistant as well as having a much better adhesion than epoxies. These systems come with an assortment of decorative finishes for aesthetic purposes.
Benefits of Seamless, Sanitary Flooring
There are additional benefits to Ucrete sanitary flooring beyond pathogen resistance and mitigation. These include:
- Compressive strength.
- Abrasion resistance.
- Fast installation.
- Chemical resistance.
- Thermal shock resistance.
- Ease of cleaning.
- Slip resistance.
- Moisture vapor transmission mitigation.
- Decorative aesthetics.
- Contribution to LEED green building credits.
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Surface Solutions is a Master Contractor of Ucrete flooring solutions, providing expert consultation and installation, and a full line of Ucrete products in addition to other industrial flooring systems. We are committed to 100% customer satisfaction on every project. To find the right Ucrete protective flooring system for your facility, reach out to us, and our specialists can help.