Commercial kitchens endure daily abuse from ongoing foot and cart traffic, high heat from ovens, extreme cold from walk-in coolers and freezers, fryer grease and other food residues. Floors, if not proactively protected, can be quickly and irreparably damaged. Managers of professional kitchens must consider specific areas when choosing flooring for their facilities. Follow our guide to learn about the best flooring solutions for the different stations of a standard commercial kitchen.
Flooring areas surrounding commercial kitchens’ dishwashing stations are slippery and constantly wet; food can fall onto the floor as it gets scraped off plates, contributing to the risk of slip-and-fall events. Additional wet sinks can be found at certain food preparation areas, such as the salad station, where spilled ingredients can mix with water puddles on the floor to create a hazardous mess. These flooring surfaces are never truly dry and can corrode from the salts and acids in food ingredients. Standard floor finishes can break down quickly in the constantly moist, extreme pH of these areas. However, with the right protective flooring solution, wet station floors can hold up beautifully over time.
In cooking areas, such as at grill, sauté and fry stations, culinary professionals prepare delectable dishes at lightning speed— and even the surest hands occasionally drop food items on the floor. Hot stations are home to cook stoves, ovens, broilers and other equipment that emit high heat and can splatter greasy and slippery hot oil. The high boiling point of the oil, combined with other acidic and alkaline ingredients that can find their way to the floor, can cause many types of standard flooring to deteriorate rapidly. The best commercial kitchen flooring can withstand the day-to-day abuse of culinary environments.
The various foods and powders—including sugar, spices, flour and more—stored in kitchens can be a great attraction to pests. Commercial floor coatings with cove bases make it harder for pests to hide and therefore help improve sanitation.
Health inspectors are notoriously picky about surfaces in walk-in coolers and freezers, because of the moisture and mold growth possibilities. Cleaning floors in refrigerated and freezing temperatures often involves washing with boiling water or steam cleaning. This severe thermal shock can lead to standard tile floors cracking along grout lines. Seamless thermal-shock resistant flooring is the better solution for cold storage rooms in commercial kitchens.
Custodial storage spaces are home to wet mops, buckets and various liquids that can create a slippery environment. To minimize puddling, janitorial areas of the kitchen can benefit from commercial flooring with proper slope-to-drain.
For all these areas, there is only one optimal answer—a high-quality cementitious urethane floor, such as FloroCrete SLX or FloroCrete RT. These hard-working floor finishes are unsurpassed in their performance properties for commercial kitchens, such as:
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