Choosing The Best Flooring For Your Commercial Kitchen
Of all the areas of your commercial kitchen, your flooring is one of the most important. Any food or drink that gets spilled onto it can turn it into a death trap for your staff. Spillages can lead to people slipping over, and if they’re not cleaned up straight away they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Dirt and bacteria already make their way into your kitchen via the shoes on the feet of your staff, so it’s important to do everything you can to minimise this. When it comes to purchasing the flooring for your commercial kitchen there are several things that you should take into account:
Slip resistance: Commercial kitchens get quite busy and chaotic at peak service times, with lots of staff trying to move around all at once. All of that hustle and bustle, accompanied by food, grease and water on the kitchen floor can lead to it becoming a serious slip and trip hazard. Slip resistant flooring is absolutely essential in any commercial kitchen in order to minimise and control the risk of your staff slipping and injuring themselves.
Practicality: Safety and practicality should be at the forefront when you’re thinking about what flooring to purchase. For example a tiled floor can easily chip and crack with the constant heavy use associated with a commercial kitchen. This then opens up more nooks and crannies in which bacteria can hide and grow. Flooring that is durable, not prone to cracking, and ideally in one piece without seams is ideal for your kitchen.
Maintenance: Easy to clean flooring is ideal in a commercial kitchen setting as spillages need to be dealt with as quickly as possible so as not to disrupt service too much. Slip resistant epoxy or vinyl flooring is easy to clean and doesn’t provide cracks etc for food to get caught in, meaning that it can be swept and mopped much more easily.
Durability: Changing the flooring in your commercial kitchen every two to three years is a real hassle so it’s important to look for flooring that offers excellent durability. A slip-resistant, easy-to-clean, durable floor might appear to cost more in terms of initial outlay but it will save you money, time and hassle in the long run.