If you think your job is tough, try working in a foodservice. All-day hustle, high traffic, constantly running water, and heat are only a few of the factors that routinely stretch the nerves of kitchen staff, but if all these stressors are coupled with low-quality flooring, the results can be literally painful. When choosing commercial kitchen flooring, safety always comes first, but maintenance needs to be covered as well to cut workflow delays and long-term update costs. Here are some basic guidelines on how to pick quality commercial kitchen flooring and keep it shipshape for peak service speed and staff safety.

Flooring that fits the job requirements – and your budget

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Pans dropping on the floor, commotion, food and liquid spills, and high temperatures can easily damage sensitive floors, so commercial kitchen flooring has to be strong enough to stand heavy doses of tough love on a daily basis. Accidental slip-and-falls should also be taken into account when selecting kitchen flooring. To pull out all the slips and stops, opt for one of the materials that can stand the test of time, temperature, and heavy foot traffic.

Vinyl flooring
Vinyl is the most common flooring type used in commercial kitchens. Strong, slip-safe, and cost-efficient, vinyl flooring requires little maintenance and doesn’t stain or discolor easily. Most vinyl sheets and tiles available today are water-resistant and built to withstand high temperatures. In terms of comfort, vinyl is considered highly ergonomic, but since it takes on the properties of the subfloors, it may be wise to install soft underlayment before coating concrete or brick base with vinyl.

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Quarry tiles
Low-absorption quarry tiles are durable, easy to install and maintain, and resistant to water and high temperatures. Although costlier, quarry tiles are aesthetically more pleasing than vinyl, so they are often used in foodservices where patrons can see kitchen staff bustling about their business.

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Stone tiles
Natural stone is hard-wearing and visually appealing, which makes it a viable flooring option for foodservice kitchens. Granite and slate tiles are heat- and water-resistant, and they are often pre-clefted for increased traction and slip resistance. Still, natural stone is expensive, so if you need kitchen flooring that fits your budget, you may want to look into more affordable options.

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Brick pavers
Brick pavers make a good flooring option for commercial kitchens where customers can see the food prep area. Brick pavers also boast a rustic, homely feel to go with longevity, sustainability, slip-safe surface, and heat resistance. Still, brick is water-sensitive, so coat the pavers with wax prior to installation to boost the flooring’s moisture resistance capacities.

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Foodservice hygiene is essential: Keep the floors food-grade
Commercial kitchen floors require everyday cleaning in order to meet sanitation and food safety regulations.

  1. Before cleaning kitchen floors, remove debris from drain strainers. In case water is pooling around the floor drain, hire a plumber to take care of blocked drains to prevent kitchen floods.
  2. Collect food, scraps and other large debris from the floor and sweep it clean before mopping. Scrub the floor before cleaning processing equipment and counters to prevent contamination.
  3. Use gentle solutions and clean mops when cleaning vinyl or kitchen tiles to prevent spreading contaminants across the floor.
  4. Rinse the floor with hot water after using a degreaser on hardened dirt. Push moisture into floor drains using a squeegee to speed up floor drying.
  5. Depending on the daily scope of work and kitchen flooring shape, a 175-rpm buffer should be used at least once a week to eliminate grease and dirt buildup from commercial kitchen tiles.

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Flooring is an important part of commercial kitchens, and it should be selected and maintained with due care to ensure sustainable foodservice operation and reduce risk of accidental injuries at work. After all, every business success story starts with the first step – so make sure you have the right floor for it.

 

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