Floors in food preparation, production and processing environments must be impervious, hygienic and offer a low risk of slip. In addition to these basic requirements resistance to impact, abrasion, chemical resistance from organic acids and cleaning agents and temperature are all factors that should be considered when selecting a floor finish.
Heavy duty polyurethane resin flooring is the industry standard for any food production process meeting all of the above criteria and providing an economic, hard wearing floor finish with a long service life.
Key points to understand when installing food safe flooring:
- Hygienic – these floors are dense, impervious and non bio-degradable and will not support bacterial or fungal growth.
- Non-slip – a variety of grades of slip resistance from smooth to highly profiled to suit process in area and prevent losses from slips and injuries. They must provide a safe working surface in both wet and dry conditions for foot and wheeled traffic (where applicable).
- Heat resistant where applicable.
- Tough – polyurethane floors have low modulus of elasticity which give good impact resistance and wearing properties.
- Chemical Resistance – resistant to a wide range of organic acids and chemicals, as well as being capable of being thoroughly cleaned.
- Continuous wall to floor covering is important.
From abattoirs to distilleries to food packaging plants and distribution centres, IFT offers the full range of resin flooring for different types locations or operations within industrial buildings.