Staying on your feet: How to choose kitchen flooring

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A good kitchen needs solid foundations, so where better to start than the flooring. Nicola Pedrette, designer at Target Catering Equipment, reveals the four key rules to getting it right underfoot.

Of all the areas of your commercial kitchen, flooring is one of the most important. Any food or drink that gets spilled onto it can turn it into a death trap for your staff. Spillages can lead to people slipping over, and if they’re not cleaned up straight away they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Dirt and bacteria already make their way into your kitchen via the shoes on the feet of your staff, so it’s important to do everything you can to minimise this. When it comes to purchasing flooring for your kitchens there are several things you should take into account…

1) Slip resistance

Commercial kitchens get busy and chaotic at peak service times, with lots of staff trying to move around all at once. All of that hustle and bustle, accompanied by food, grease and water on the kitchen floor, can lead to it becoming a serious slip and trip hazard. Slip-resistant flooring is absolutely essential in any commercial kitchen in order to minimise and control the risk of your staff slipping and injuring themselves.

2) Practicality

Safety and practicality should be at the forefront when you’re thinking about what flooring to purchase. For example, a tiled floor can easily chip and crack with the constant heavy use associated with a commercial kitchen. This then opens up more nooks and crannies in which bacteria can hide and grow. Flooring that is durable, not prone to cracking and ideally in one piece without seams is ideal for your kitchen.

3) Maintenance

Easy-to-clean flooring is ideal in a commercial kitchen setting as spillages need to be dealt with as quickly as possible so as not to disrupt service too much. Slip-resistant epoxy or vinyl flooring is easy to clean and doesn’t provide cracks for food and other debris to get caught in. This means that from a maintenance point of view, it can be swept and mopped much more easily.

4) Durability

Changing the flooring in your commercial kitchen every two to three years is a real hassle so it’s important to look for flooring that offers excellent durability and will stay the course. A slip-resistant, easy-to-clean, durable floor might appear to cost more in terms of the initial capital outlay but it will save your organisation money, time and hassle in the long run.

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