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Infection Control: Flooring Solutions for Long-Term Protection


Sanitary flooring is imperative in mission critical facilities that require high levels of cleanliness. For the health and safety of us all, essential operations from food production to hospitals must adhere to strict sanitation protocols set by the USDA, FDA and local health inspection agencies. Other commercial, institutional and industrial operations are also learning the importance of infection control in the workplace. Floors, like other commonly used surfaces, must be frequently and regularly disinfected to help minimize the spread of pathogens. Having the right hygienic flooring system in place can amplify existing cleaning and pathogen control efforts, making them more efficient and effective.

Well selected and properly installed hygienic flooring can augment infection control regimes intended to curtail the spread of harmful microbes. Here we’ll discuss the features of optimal sanitary flooring that can support infection control.

Why Sanitary Flooring?

It’s easy to underestimate how quickly microorganisms can enter and spread on facility floors. Yet typical daily foot traffic can carry harmful bacteria and other microbes into and out of your facility, compromising the safety of staff, occupants and visitors. Pathogens can even be blown in from outdoors and become attached to furnishings and inventory. Once inside, microbes can find a comfortable home in porous or cracked tile grout, floor seams, hard to reach corners, crevices and angles.

Fluid-applied, virtually seamless flooring systems are an ideal option to help reduce the spread of harmful bacteria and other pathogens throughout your facility. Their virtually seamless surfaces help mitigate the spread of pathogens by making disinfecting easier. Having no grout lines or crack-prone, heat-welded seams, and offering integral cove bases that eliminate sharp corners and angles, fluid-applied resinous floors give pathogens almost nowhere to hide.

Which Facilities Can Utilize Hygienic Flooring Systems?

All facilities can benefit from having the right sanitary flooring in place. And while certain vulnerable industries, such as food processing and healthcare are required by governmental health and safety agencies to have appropriately hygienic floors in place, many other industries can also benefit from the microbe-mitigating features of resinous flooring solutions.

In our current global environment, nearly every custodial team is being asked to up their game. This can mean more frequent and thorough cleanings, using a wider array of harsh chemical sanitizers. Not all commercial floor coverings can withstand such stringent hygiene regiments. Thankfully, industrial-grade fluid-applied flooring is designed for the tough environments found in hygiene-minded facilities, such as:

  • Grocery Stores/ Supermarkets
  • Life Science and Research Facilities
  • K-12 and University Campuses
  • Communal Housing and Nursing Homes
  • Prisons, Correctional and Public Safety Facilities
  • Data Centers, Electronics Assembly, Clean Rooms
  • Animal Care and Veterinary Offices
  • Food Service and Hospitality
  • Industrial and Hospital Laundry Operations
  • Municipal, Governmental and Public Buildings

These are just a few of the many facility types that continue to adopt and reap the benefits of hygienic resinous flooring. With their exceptional versatility, seamless epoxy and urethane floor systems can fulfill operational needs across a broad range of hard-working industries. From pharmaceutical to correctional facilities, a growing number of informed managers are choosing sanitary fluid-applied flooring systems.

Resinous Flooring for Optimal Pathogen Control

No single flooring system can be an optimal solution for every facility. Each operation is unique and has their own set of floor performance and hygiene requirements. Tennant Coatings manufactures one of the most complete lines of decorative, high-performance floor toppings and treatments on the market. Our team of local specialists can advise you on the best durable flooring options to support your in-house pathogen control schedule, given your preferences and budget.

Below are two overriding categories of resinous flooring used to help improve the efficacy of facility cleaning and disinfection programs:

Sanitary, Virtually Seamless Epoxy Flooring

Fluid-applied epoxy flooring is a concrete coating solution frequently used in institutional, commercial and industrial facilities to help improve the efficacy of routine cleaning, thereby helping to reduce the spread of pathogens. By installing a monolithic surface in place of grouted tile, planks or sheet goods, facilities gain an exceptionally long-lived, easy to clean and sanitize floor. Aesthetically pleasing, with nearly unlimited design options, professional-grade epoxy floors can be topped with thin-film urethanes for added chemical and abrasion resistance.

The virtually seamless nature of our epoxy flooring solutions, along with their integral cove base options, enable facilities to successfully limit the nooks and crannies in which germs like to hide, making proper clean up and sanitation easier and more effective.

Hygienic, Virtually Seamless Urethane Mortar Flooring

Our Tennant Eco-Crete™ Urethane Mortar Systems provide high-value infection control support in environments where high levels of acids or alkalis may be present, as well as in ongoing moist conditions. Food and beverage processing facilities are among the locations that take advantage of this product’s unique properties. The system can be used to build cove bases and correct the floor’s slope for better cleaning and drainage. These heavy-duty systems are especially tough and can hold up under the strenuous conditions of thermal shock and temperature cycling, which can cause cracks and hygiene issues in other floor surfaces.

With a variety of attractive decorative finishes available, our Eco-Crete Systems are proving themselves strong contenders for hygiene support in many other facilities, as well.

Benefits of Seamless, Sanitary Flooring

Sanitary flooring systems offer many additional benefits beyond the all-important support for pathogen mitigation. Our resinous, fluid-applied floors can make for a healthier, safer and more pleasant indoor environment for staff, employees, and building occupants with the following options:

  • High Compressive Strength
  • Excellent Abrasion Resistance
  • Low Odor Installation & Low/No VOCs
  • Fast Turnaround Installation
  • Outstanding Chemical Resistance
  • Stability Under Thermal Shock Conditions
  • Ease of Cleaning, Using a Power Washer, Steam Sprayer or a Tennant Auto Scrubber
  • Slip-Resistance per ADA Recommendations and/or Facility Preference
  • Moisture Vapor Transmission Mitigation
  • Wide Array of Decorative Colors & Blends
  • Potential Contribution to LEED Green Building Credits

The right facility flooring not only assists with proper infection control and provides a well-rounded choice of options -- it should also furnish a comprehensive solution to aftercare. As part of the world-renown Tennant floor cleaning machine company, we offer a level of flooring expertise not found anywhere else.

Tennant Coatings offers a wide variety of cementitious urethane flooring systems. To view all of our system options and detailed information, click on the photo below.


For an optimal flooring solution to support your facility infection control efforts, reach out to the experts at Tennant Coatings today!

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