Food Processing Flooring
By Painters USA Team
— Last updated December 04, 2022
Food Processing Flooring
A lot goes into producing the food and beverage items that the public consumes daily. Your plant operates around the clock, supporting heavy machinery, rigid cleaning procedures, and drastic changes in temperature. These industry demands create challenges that make floors susceptible to damage and grime and threaten product quality and safety.
Manufactory plants that choose food-grade flooring gain an added layer of protection that maintains health and sanitation needs throughout the production process. Ultimately, cutting repair costs and improving productivity.
What is Food Grade Flooring?
Food-grade flooring ensures that food and beverage plants are clean and safe while meeting FDA and/or USDA health regulations. Floors used in food production are durable and seamless, so surfaces are easy to sanitize, deterring product contamination. Additionally, food processing plants need flooring that can withstand general traffic, harsh chemicals, extreme weight, high pressures, and even a wide range of temperatures while meeting agency regulations.
Challenges of Food and Beverage Flooring
Food plants are exposed to extreme temperatures, products, chemicals, and acids that can ruin more common flooring, such as epoxy. Plants don't have the luxury of pausing production to repair or replace flooring without losing money, so companies must assess challenges to identify flooring that will maintain productivity while providing a protective finish that is safe, strong, and FDA compliant.
Forklifts, trailers, loaded palettes, and oversized shipping containments apply pressure to your plant's floor. Over time, the large equipment and heavy loads may cause the floor to crack and peel. Without the proper floor installation, you'll have to spend money on frequent repairs.
Food and beverage factors may have temperatures well into boiling or below zero due to processing or storage needs, such as ovens or freezers. The thermal shock makes the flooring expand and contract, impacting the foundation, and presenting a health and sanitation challenge.
Food processing plants manufacture many products in one day, making the need for a routine cleaning procedure necessary to maintain employee and consumer health.
Spills or stains must be quickly and easily cleaned in order to contain or prevent contamination exposure. If flooring doesn't dry fast, it can cause mold, bacteria, or other microbe growth, in addition to putting employees at risk of slips and falls.
Food processing plants, particularly assemblies that produce meat or product labs, may release odors that can get trapped in the flooring. Even with cleaning, it may seem impossible to get the scent out, allowing the lingering smell to impact product tastes.
With an excellent team of experienced field managers and foremen, Painters USA is ready to take on your company's project. Call us to get started (800) 999-8715, or use our online contact form.
Benefits of Food Industry Flooring
Replacing floors is an expensive task that can take days to complete. Food-grade flooring allows you to push your flooring demands out of your mind and be confident in knowing that your plant is safe and up to code. When you have the proper food industry flooring, you reduce the money and time spent on flooring repairs.
Easy to Clean
Spills and messes are commonplace in plants that handle meat, liquids, or even packaged foods. Floors designed for food plant processing are easy to clean and maintain, and they hinder bacteria and fungi growth. Surfaces can be thoroughly washed but don't hold moisture. They also don’t readily succumb to cracks or chips.
Accidental spills and leaks cause injuries, so most plants are cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Food industry floors are slip-resistant even when wet, which means you don't have to hinder plant production to clean up accidents. You can also use flooring additives that improve traction to reduce accidents further, specifically within high-risk areas such as stairways.
Resistant to Chemicals
Cleaning chemicals to keep food production plants sanitary and safe can be harsh on floors. The flooring needs to allow for stain removal and regular cleaning treatments without causing damage or shortening the life-span. A quality floor coating for food plants is formulated to help maintain cleanliness, keep abrasions to a minimum, and support healthy work conditions while adhering to agency regulations.
FDA- and USDA-Approved
Government agencies like USDA and FDA have strenuous rules and regulations for food processing plants. For example, floors must be anti-slip, non-absorbent, etc. The right types of floors and coatings aid your plant in meeting these guidelines and preserve the quality and safety of your food plant products.
Tough and Durable
Cracks, chips, or holes in flooring can sometimes feel like the gift that keeps giving as any blemishes to your floor can result in significant injuries, as well as violate FDA or USDA regulations for food processing plants. You can eliminate inherent hazards and form a barrier against daily abuse with food processing floors that are built to withstand constant exposure and fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
The versatility of food-grade flooring isn’t limited to the function. You can also customize your floor to be aesthetically pleasing. Paint the floor in your company’s brand colors or add eye-catching accents to the floor coating to contribute to the room’s look and feel. It’s common for manufacturers to choose traditional floor colors as it appears to be the safest and easiest route. However, the duality of floors designed for food production allow you to give your plant an enhanced appeal, without sacrificing safety and function.
Food and Beverage Floor Coating Services
When evaluating service and coating needs and benefits, it's essential to have a flooring partner who can provide the best solution for your current needs and also identify products that will solve future challenges.
Painters USA has decades of experience in the food industry, providing coating and concrete flooring services. We ensure that our clients pass USDA and FDA inspections, and are equipped to meet their production goals. With over 40 years of working with food and beverage plants, we've helped plants across the industry select food-grade flooring that meets their work demand, safety, and quality standards.
Grain and Feed Services
We offer a variety of concrete services, including crack repair, waterproofing, caulking, and more. Our procedures and products keep grain and feed services protected and looking new. Our approach ensures client and crew safety and is specific to the needs of food producers.
Food Safe Services
Failed inspections can result in people becoming sick and plant shutdowns, threatening hundreds of livelihoods. Our clients rest easy, knowing that their facility is protected and operating at maximum production.
Painters USA can prep and clean any agricultural space or equipment, as well as, provide the flooring service. Our team has access to a range of food-safe coating options, cleaning techniques, and training and certification programs. We focus on preparing your facility to pass inspection so you can direct your time and resources towards more revenue-driven business activities.
Get the Right Food Industry Flooring for Your Needs
Food plants that prioritize food-grade flooring can get ahead of potential hazards, and preserve long-term productivity. The floor is not only durable but will ensure that your plant meets quality standards to pass FDA and USDA inspections.
Painters USA understands the strict flooring guidelines and requirements of the food and agriculture industry. We work closely with our national network of vendors to identify the ideal product and services to suit your plant's food storage, processing, and packing needs.
To have our experts help you choose the best food-grade coating service for your plant's unique needs, contact us today!
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