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Commercial Kitchen Flooring

A commercial kitchen must be inspected and licensed. This means that every aspect of it should be designed to meet regulations and contribute both to production as well as the safe handling of food. Having USDA-compliant flooring plays a major role, especially when it comes to hygiene and sanitation.

The Challenges to Flooring in Commercial Kitchens

The flooring in a commercial kitchen must withstand the onslaught of a wide variety of “attackers,” depending on the area. These can include the following:

  • Heat from ovens and hot water from dishwashing areas

  • Chemicals used in sanitizing and cleaning the area, such as industrial cleaners, de-greasers and disinfectants

  • Thermal shock from steam cleaning

  • Various substances that drip, spatter or are spilled on the floor throughout the day, such as grease, oils, animal fats, blood, and many acids and alkalis

  • The constant scraping and scratching of powders and granules, such as salt, sugar and spices

  • Gouging and punctures from pots, pans and utensils being dropped on the floor

  • Compressive stress, scratches and gashes from carts and crates being pulled along the floor

  • Constant foot traffic

It must also be skid and slip resistant to minimize slip-and-fall accidents as workers quickly move throughout the commercial kitchen space safely.

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How the Right Flooring Helps Maintain a Hygienic Environment

Having the right, high-performance flooring will help limit the potential for cracking, peeling, bubbling and spalling of the concrete substrate. This is vital for helping to ensure perhaps the most important, overall demand on flooring in commercial kitchens: inhibiting the growth of bacteria and pathogens.

Concrete substrates and grout lines are porous and easily absorbs spilled liquids and debris. Because of this, their open capillaries, cracks and divots, provide an excellent breeding ground for microbes and other contaminants, which also make it difficult to keep clean.

There are several ways that the flooring can mitigate this problem:

  • The flooring should be seamless and bond well to the substrate

  • The surface should slope well toward drains, so there’s no puddling or pooling of water and cleaning solutions

  • A wall-to-floor cove base virtually eliminates the crevices where pathogens can breed

Options for Commercial & Industrial Kitchen Flooring

With a variety of options, from epoxy mortars, to urethane mortars, to decorative options and more, systems can be created to withstand all the chemicals, compression, traffic, moisture vapor and a range of other stresses, as well as provide various textures for slip resistance, all in a wide range of beautiful colors.

Contact our team of professionals​​​ at Tennant Coatings for a consultation to assist you to select the optimal commercial kitchen flooring system.