Commercial kitchens endure rigorous abuse on a daily basis, whether it be from high heat from ovens, extreme cold from walk-in coolers and freezers, fryer grease and other food residues, or even just the constant general high foot and cart traffic. Different areas of our commercial kitchen may need different types of commercial flooring to better protect it from the harsh environment of a commercial kitchen. All floors, if not proactively protected, can be quickly and irreparably damaged. That’s why we have created a guide to aid in choosing the best flooring solutions for the different stations of a standard commercial kitchen.
In most commercial kitchens you can find multiple wet stations, whether it is a dishwashing station or a sink for washing food, that are slippery and almost always constantly wet. These flooring surfaces are never truly dry and can corrode from the salts and acids in food ingredients. Standard floor finishes can break down quickly in the constantly moist, extreme pH of these areas. However, with the right protective flooring solution, wet station floors can hold up beautifully over time. Vinyl flooring is water resistant, anti-microbial, and very durable- a great option for your wet stations. Additionally, vinyl flooring can be specifically made to be slip resistant, making it an even safer choice. Vinyl flooring is fairly flexible so it stands up to wear well.
Areas such as grill, sauté and fry stations are home to cook stoves, ovens, broilers and other equipment that emit high heat and can splatter greasy and slippery hot oil. These hot stations in commercial kitchens can cause many types of standard flooring to deteriorate rapidly. Choosing an extremely durable flooring, that is also easily cleaned is crucial for the success of any commercial kitchen. Rubber flooring is a great option for a multitude of reasons. Rubber flooring reduces fatigue in your legs and back that comes from standing a great deal. It also helps reduce slips on wet or greasy floors, is grease resistant, and is easy to clean. Rubber mats are very commonly used in restaurant kitchens, but if you install an entirely rubber kitchen flooring, you eliminate the tripping hazard of having rubber mats laying in areas throughout the kitchen. Rubber floors are also fire resistant, impervious to water damage, and significantly help to reduce sound echoing throughout the restaurant. If the budget allows for it and the overall look of the flooring is not as important as the functionality, rubber flooring tiles may be the best option for commercial kitchen flooring.
Health inspectors are notoriously picky about surfaces in walk-in coolers and freezers, because of the moisture and mold growth possibilities. Cleaning floors in refrigerated and freezing temperatures often involves washing with boiling water or steam cleaning. Concrete flooring is inexpensive as well as durable, and most importantly seamless. Where other tile flooring may crack along grout lines when exposed to thermal shock when cleaned, concrete is considered a thermal shock resistant flooring option. As long as it is sealed well and then regularly resealed, a concrete commercial kitchen flooring will hold up well to high traffic and other wear and tear.
Choosing a flooring for any commercial kitchen is always a complicated task, as you need to take into consideration style, comfort, durability and the ability for the flooring to stand up to spills of all sorts. When you are choosing a flooring for your commercial kitchen, let the professionals at The Floor Care Company help aid you in making the right choice.