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Floor coatings are a priority concern in food industry facilities, which have more stringent safety and hygiene requirements than many other industry facilities. From compliance with USDA and FDA regulations to passing internal and third party audits and inspections, Painters USA has the experience and skill to help food and beverage companies meet these requirements and maintain operations as smoothly and continuously as possible.
What makes a floor “food grade”?
Food grade floors must form a dependable, impermeable barrier against contaminants that cause mold and bacterial growth. This contamination is hazardous to food purity and corrosive to concrete and other flooring substrates as it can lead to serious floor damage.
- Seamless, joint-free finish, as gaps and imperfections harbor dirt and debris that breed mold and bacteria growth.
- Coving at wall junction and sealing around floor drains, again to eliminate gaps where dirt and debris can gather.
- Impervious to water and able to withstand cleaning routines.
- Durable finish to avoid cracking and erosion.
- Special antimicrobial coatings to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.
Other flooring considerations in facilities where food is processed or handled include slip resistance for worker safety, chemical resistance, and abrasion resistance.
Commercial flooring for the food industry
Seamlessly-poured and sealed concrete is a common FDA-approved flooring for kitchens, food preparation areas, and food manufacturing facilities. Food-safe floor coatings are required to maintain long-lasting performance, preferably non-toxic materials.
You have a dizzying array of options for floor coatings, with each manufacturer extolling the virtues of their products over others. With our comprehensive coating and flooring system knowledge, Painters USA can recommend the best flooring systems for your food or beverage facility and operations, based on your priorities and specific requirements.
Extreme heat resistance, very long life and most durable, cleanable surface. Odorless and quick and easy installation if reducing downtime is a priority.
Light and bright, easy to clean, durable, can be slip and skid resistant, decorative options available. Quick-drying if reducing downtime is a priority.
Methyl Methacrylatate (MMA)
Able to withstand cold temperatures, virtually odorless. Good choice for beverage production facilities and bottling plants, along with cold-storage areas and walk-in freezers.
Impact-resistant, anti-bacterial, physically flexible and adaptable to wide temperature variations. Good choice for meat packaging and heavy-duty settings. No VOCs and very quick drying for reduced downtime.
Extreme temperature swings
Food and beverage industry facilities should also explore thermal shock resistant flooring, which prevent and mitigate damage caused by extreme temperature variations. Cold storage areas and heat generated by commercial ovens are factors, along with the extremely hot water and steam used in industrial cleaning processes.
Multiple sites? No problem.
We offer national account support for convenience, accountability, and consistent results for all your locations. No job is too big to handle. We’ll keep all your facilities in working order and restore high-traffic, high-use areas to make them good as new.
Plus we’re a certified woman-owned business for vendor diversity programs and goals.
OSHA safety standards
Every company, including our own, must follow OSHA regulations. Painters USA takes pride in staying abreast of the agency’s requirements and recommendations for workplace safety.
- Safety-enhancing painting and coating services like OSHA color-coding and slip-resistant floor coatings.
- Routine processes like Job Safety Assessment / Analysis (JSA).
- OSHA 30 training for supervisors and OSHA 10 training for crew members.
Flooring maintenance plan
Because of public health concerns, facilities in the food and beverage industry are held to a higher safety and production standards than many other industries. Painters USA is happy to offer a flooring maintenance plan that will help keep you on the right side of the compliance line. In addition, properly maintained commercial and industrial floors improve employee morale and productivity, safeguard your workplace from accidents, and protect the value of your investments.