Caution: Slippery Kitchen Conditions

chefA job in the restaurant industry isn’t your typical 9 to 5 desk job in an office occupation; more often than not, restaurant employees are constantly on their feet delivering food to tables, grabbing drinks at the bar or poking around the kitchen for extra bottles of ketchup. With this in mind, have you thought about the type of flooring that must be in restaurants? Imagine the times where a drink accidently spilled or a plate of food hit the ground. These incidents are common occurrences in any eatery and having a flooring surface that can handle that type of mess is important.

The safety of workers and customers is a main priority in restaurants because there’s always a chance of a slip and fall that could injury someone. Restaurants typically choose a floor that can withstand the abuse of falling food and drinks while also serving the main purpose of keeping you on your feet. Also, restaurants will often times have anti-slip flooring surfaces that combat slippery conditions at their source to keep employees and guests upright. While the dining room floor may be covered, owners must take into considered another area that takes on a heavy amount of foot traffic: the kitchen.

You can say the kitchen is the heart of a restaurant; after all, it’s where the food is made. Chefs cook all type of different food with numerous amounts of ingredients and some of those ingredients happen to be quite slippery, like vegetable oil, and if they make their way to the ground it could be a problem. Commercial kitchen floors need to handle these types of messes in terms of cleanliness and more importantly, safety. Imagine a floor that has a crack or crevice where dirt and grime could hide; this could lead to health risks because regular concrete floors can hold bacteria on their porous surfaces.

Did you know that, according to the CDC, 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness each year? With stats like those, it’s paramount to make kitchen floors not only anti-slip, but also easy to clean up and sanitize. A commercial kitchen floor featuring an epoxy coating protects concrete with a topcoat that creates a moisture-resistant barrier—perfect for an easy clean up in a messy kitchen. This type of coating helps maintain a healthy environment where bacteria can’t thrive. Taking an extra step (literally and figuratively) in changing commercial kitchen floors could help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses.