High-volume food & beverage processing plants present a unique set of challenges when it comes to facility flooring. With constantly-wet settings, temperature extremes, and frequent high-pressure hosing, food & beverage processing facility flooring has to withstand serious punishment.
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Vegetable oils, animal fats, dairy products and sugars all contain acids that can eat away typical epoxy flooring. Other operations expose floors to high concentrations of salts and alkaline compounds. Additionally, some food processing chemicals, harsh cleaners and disinfectants contain industrial solvents. Food & beverage processing facility flooring also takes physical punishment from heavily loaded, steel-wheeled carts, dragged crates, forklifts and more. Ultimately, these facility floors must be capable of surviving some of the most extreme conditions around.
On top of the harsh chemicals and heavy wear to which these floors are subjected these finishes must also support safety and sanitation regulations administered by agencies like the USDA, FDA, OSHA, and others. Facilities need USDA-approved concrete coatings to help them pass rigorous inspections.
No plant can afford to shut down, or to replace its flooring on a regular basis. So what considerations should you take when choosing the best flooring for your food & beverage processing facility?
“We have had many different brands installed, but Florock Epoxy & Urethanes have held up to all the wear & tear of Hi-Traffic conditions better than all the rest. We have used Florock products for many years”Baldor Electric, Ft. Smith, AR