Importance and issues of floor care in the catering industry.

When working with food, hygiene is paramount in terms of perception as well as actual performance. No matter the floor type, cleanliness is of vital importance and it’s not always easy in areas of high footfall.

“Head of Specialist Stone Care, Kevin Hooper comments, “Successful floor care relies on a comprehensive programme of maintenance and protection and can be a costly but essential investment. This is true even more so in the food industry, where minimising natural wear and tear can be incredibly cost-effective in the long term.

In areas where food consumption is high, a hard wearing surface is a good start. Carpets and man-made floors can tire quickly and are not really the easiest to maintain when coffee, food and even oil spillages can be daily occurrences.

However, porous materials such as marble, travertine, granite and limestone can actually act like hard sponges and will readily absorb damaging agents such as water and oil-based stains – not ideal in a catering environment. This can reduce the suitability of this type of stone flooring unless you invest in quality protection and seal it effectively.

Either a surface seal or impregnating seal can be used on natural stone, depending on the requirement or needs of the client. A surface seal creates an impervious barrier which literally stops any spillage touching the substrate; but it can affect the appearance, which isn’t always ideal.

An impregnating seal on the other hand – favoured by most architects – will not affect the stone’s appearance.  This type of sealant will soak through the stone, changing its absorption properties and making it highly effective for stain resistance – perfect for ongoing maintenance in the catering industry, both front of house and the kitchen.

Do be aware in this industry, however, if the stone is not on the floor but located anywhere near to where food may be prepared, it is absolutely essential that sealant is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. Professionals, like those at Specialist Stone Care, will be very aware of these issues and will always advise accordingly… (more)

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