Why Hygienic Flooring Is Essential For Restaurant Kitchens
Every part of your restaurant should meet hygiene standards and as such, your restaurant kitchen floor is no exception.
Yet, despite this, many don’t realise that mopping alone isn’t enough to clean the area adequately.
Throughout this blog we will uncover the:
- Importance of hygiene in your kitchen
- Pitfalls of a PU floor in terms of hygiene
- And how to optimise your kitchen floors hygiene with Acrylicon
Importance Of Hygienic Flooring in Restaurant Kitchens
The floor area is one of the most commonly used surfaces of any kitchen environment and whilst food preparation areas are, of course, at the top of everyone’s mind when it comes to hygiene, your resin floor should not go unnoticed.
In fact, a poorly cleaned resin floor not only raises concerns from a hygiene perspective but from a maintenance perspective too, as the build-up of dirt and bacteria can (and will) lead to repairs and replacement over time.
It’s therefore in everyone’s best interest to think carefully about the hygiene of their floor.
Is it enough to just simply mop the surface with an industrial anti-bacterial cleaner?
In theory, yes. A high-functioning flooring area that is cleaned with an anti-bacterial, purpose-built cleaner should help to facilitate a safe, hygienic kitchen environment.
However, the characteristics of Polyurethane (PU) – which is the most common type of resin flooring in restaurant kitchens – makes cleaning the surface of your flooring largely ineffective.
Why Is PU Resin Coating Difficult to Clean?
The difficulty in cleaning a PU resin flooring lies in how it cures. As it cures, small gas bubbles pass through the curing resin, resulting in tiny ‘pin-hole’ like formations on the surface of the floor. These pinholes can be large enough for a toothpick to be pushed into them.
If anything were to penetrate these holes – which is likely in a busy kitchen environment – it can leave the floor vulnerable to bacteria and dirt, which can reside underneath the top layer of the floor. And that’s why your floor can still look dirty even after you’ve mopped it!
So, not only can this look visually unappealing – especially in kitchens – but it also increases the chances of severe (and costly) repairs having to be made.
How To Optimise Your Kitchen Floors Hygiene With Acrylicon
A hygienic restaurant kitchen floor goes beyond your traditional cleaning methods, and the first step in a hygienic floor is a correct specification.
As PU is an industry-recognised solution, people have come to accept the many shortcomings of this widely-used coating.
At Acylicon, we encourage our clients to think differently.
Unlike a PU floor, when cured, an Acrylicon floor doesn’t leave pinholes or have mechanical bonding between the layers. As part of its unique formulation, the layers chemically bond, creating a monolithic floor. It also has the highest compressive strength, meaning it is the most easily cleanable.
As a result, the floors are more hygienic as bacteria and moisture can’t get in between layers, as there are no mechanical joints.
An Acrylicon floor will also be tailored to your environment, meaning we will give you advice on the best way to clean and maintain your floor in order to get the most from it in terms of hygiene and performance.
What may appear to be a larger upfront investment, will pay off massively when you factor in repairs and replacements of your standard PU resin floors. We are confident that over the life of our floor, we are considerably cheaper than other options.
The Hygiene of your kitchen floor is very important to your restaurant and not maintaining it properly can have consequences, leaving you or your client out of pocket and potentially out of business.
If you’re involved in a restaurant kitchen flooring project, it’s up to you to choose the most sustainable, effective solution for your client’s needs
To arrange a free no-obligation floor survey from one of our local experts, get in touch today.