COMMON ISSUES WITH COMMERCIAL FLOORING
Floors are designed to be tough – we all know that. But being tough is not always enough, and further, they are often not quite tough enough for the circumstances they are put in.
As a result, the floor which should be safe underfoot for staff and customers alike, often becomes hazardous and/or unhygienic.
Whilst every workplace is different some of the common issues we see include:
- Tiles or vinyl surfaces have cracked due to dropped objects or worn through creating pockets beneath the surface
- Unpleasant smells in food preparation areas. This is due to the incidence of worn or broken tiles allowing water and food stuffs to seep below the surface where they allow bacteria to thrive.
- Concrete surfaces have become pock marked and uneven due to the ongoing use of cleaning chemicals, the caustic effects of blood, sugars and oils, or the use of heavy foot traffic or machinery.
- Slippery working environments due to the presence of oils and fats, or water being tracked through from outside.
Whether you work in a hair salon (oils and liquids), café (oils, detergents, heavy objects and foot traffic), retail store (rain from outside, foot traffic), food preparation area (food stuffs, cleaning chemicals, blood and oils)or even have toilets which are available to the public (foot traffic, harsh cleaning chemicals, urine), making sure you have a safe working surface underfoot is essential.
Not only do you want a floor which is not slippery underfoot, but you need to ensure that there are no cracks (in the surface or even the grout between tiles) or uneven joins which will allow bacteria to thrive.
Learn more about your commercial flooring options or give us a call today.
WHY INDUSTRIAL FLOORS FAIL
Industrial workplaces are designed to be places where heavy, dirty and routine work occurs day in, day out. As a result the floor is subject to ongoing battering from machine and chemical alike. At Remedial we have rectified the floors of hundreds of industrial workplaces, from warehouses to factories through to beer and wine distilleries.
What is evident in most cases of failed flooring surfaces is:
- Acids and other caustic products inclusive of food stuffs, cleaning chemicals, petrol’s and oils are left to soak into the surface, eating away at the membrane and then concrete below causing the surface to crumble and become uneven
- Heavy machinery such as forklifts, trucks and pallets cause structural wear and tear which causes the surface to break up. This accelerates the process and makes the surface uneven underfoot. In food preparation facilities this is a health hazard as bacteria can thrive in these hard to clean areas
- Heavy machines and regular cleaning create smooth areas which become slippery underfoot. Similarly, machines can rub painted lines which are there for safety reasons, off the surface.
Whether you have a slippery surface, need one which is more resilient to heavy traffic and chemicals or need to rectify a health issue, we have solutions which are right for your circumstances. Contact us or learn more about our range of options epoxy and composite flooring solutions.