A hygienic flooring that is easy to clean is one of our client’s biggest wish list items. Epoxy resin flooring systems are widely chosen for their hardwearing nature and aesthetically pleasing finish. Many industries use the hygienic floor, including the Pharmaceutical, Food & Drink, Automotive, Engineering, and Warehousing and Electronics Industries.
If you have been investing in a new resin floor system it is key to choose the correct cleaning system to ensure your investment stays looking good. As a rule, the smoother and less porous a floor surface, the easier it is to keep clean. It is possible to formulate a resin-based flooring to produce smooth, non-porous surfaces with excellent slip resistance under dry conditions. However, the surface may have to be textured if it is to have adequate slip resistance under contaminated conditions.
Cleaning Hygienic Flooring
You can use a mop and bucket to easily clean smaller areas of Epoxy flooring. However, depending on the surface area, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a specific scrubber dryer. Manual mopping results in employee downtime and it is not always effective. In fact, it is often capable of leaving floors slippery and dangerous unless done properly.
Surfaces that are larger or have a more coarse texture are more difficult to clean. As a result, they are likely to require a mechanical scrubber dyer to achieve a clean finish. A scrubber dryer which is sometimes referred to as a floor scrubber, is a mechanical machine. It works by using one or more rotating brushes to move water and cleaning solution across the floor whilst the brush head rotates. Put simply, it replicates the action of hand scrubbing with a stiff hand brush. As the machine moves across the floor it scrubs and dries the floor in one movement. You will often see scrubber dryers in commercial circumstances such as hotels and hospitals. Companies choose them for their efficiency and deep cleaning action. There are many different types of brushes and cleaning pads available. With this in mind, you should always seek advice on which should be used.
Food Grade Flooring
Not all resin floor systems are possible to steam clean. However, polyurethane resin floors are one of the floor types that you can steam clean. We recommend a 6mm polyurethane screed for commercial kitchens. This will provide a seamless surface and a built-in anti-slip. There are many benefits of using polyurethane screed in the food industry. For example, the floors are hygienic, seamless, impervious, and do not support microbial growth. The heavy-duty industrial flooring offers maximum chemical protection is easy to clean. At the same time, it provides a seamless “box” finish for high sterile processes in the food industry. A polyurethane 6mm screed can be washed down every day, a 9mm screed will allow for a steam clean daily.
Pressure washing as the name suggests pumps water at high speed (under pressure). Due to the high impact of pressure washing, it is not recommended for coating systems.
If it is particularly important to maintain hygienic surfaces within your business, then choosing the proper cleaning technique is essential.
Choosing The Appropriate Cleaning Solution
In all cases choosing the appropriate chemical to clean your resin floor is paramount. It is always important to test a small spot in an inconspicuous area as a precaution before applying any new cleaning product across the whole floor. Using special-purpose cleaning materials in accordance with the Chemical Cleaning Manufacturers’ instructions is usually particularly effective. This is as long as the floor is rinsed properly with clean water.
Cleaning Resin Flooring
You are likely to be aware that following the manufacturer’s guidelines is imperative and none more so than when using cleaning solutions. The cleaning regime is determined by a number of factors. This includes the type of resin flooring installed, type and frequency of traffic, degree and type of soiling, and specific hygiene requirements.
Floors that you keep clean will always last longer. Fine particles of dust, dirt, debris, act as abrasives with traffic unless you clean the floor regularly. For example, in engineering works, metal swarf is particularly abrasive. If you do not remove it from the floor, it can cause damage in a short space of time. If the correct cleaning and maintenance schedule is used, the appearance of your floor can be easily maintained.
Industrial Flooring Contractors
PSC is one of the country’s leading industrial flooring contractors. We have decades of experience under our belts when it comes to hygienic flooring. As a result, we can talk you through all of our resin flooring options to help you determine the best solution for you.
If you would like to find out more about our industry-specific resin floor systems, then please do not hesitate to contact our sales team on 01562 702047 or make a web enquiry.
If you have found this blog helpful, then you may wish to read our previous blog on Industrial Flooring Ideas For The Motor Industry.