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 In the food industry, following proper hygiene standards is essential for the safety of the people served. Businesses must take steps to prevent contamination and bacteria growth in their buildings and workspaces. Floors are an important part of this. These can easily accumulate dirt, spills and microbes if not properly maintained. Investing in the right flooring solutions will help maintain hygienic environments for better food and employee safety.

Benefits of seamless floor coatings

Unlike tile or concrete floors, seamless floor coatings leave nowhere for moisture, cleaning agents or food particles to enter and create microbial growth. With traditional flooring materials, there is always a risk of moisture getting trapped and in food industries; it is easy to get spilled food particles in the seams. Over time, these spills and particles get stuck in cracks, creating bacteria and mold growth. The porous nature of concrete also allows moisture to seep in, further promoting unhealthy microbial environments. But seamless floor coatings provide complete surface protection across the entire floor area. With seamless epoxy floor coatings, there are zero seams or cracks for debris, moisture or contaminants to hide. Food and liquids simply puddle on top of the surface rather than reaching underneath. This prevents any growth from forming out of sight. Seamless floor coatings provide complete protection across the entire floor.

Antimicrobial protection

Antimicrobial floor coatings reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi. These flooring systems are ideal for food and beverage facilities because they create a seamless surface that eliminates cracks and crevices where microbes can hide. The antimicrobial properties also actively fight against dangerous pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella. The antimicrobial component is integrated directly into the floor coating, providing constant and lasting protection over the lifespan of the flooring. While cleaning is still required, the antimicrobial floor coating provides 24/7 resistance against bacteria growth. Facility managers can feel confident knowing bacterial growth is being stopped day and night.

The antimicrobial component also gives an added layer of defense against pathogens. Antimicrobial options include concrete pretreatment, epoxy coatings, high clarity clear coatings, water-reducible epoxy, flexible epoxy, UV protective, low odor, polyaspartic and more. Floors coated with antimicrobial technology have been proven to show significant bacteria reduction compared to floors lacking similar protection. These materials’ antimicrobial qualities will stay effective even after numerous washings, sanitizations and decontaminations.

Don’t stop at antimicrobial coatings

There are many other coatings helpful to food industries. Food needs to be held in different places in food processing plants, and the flooring is subjected to a wide variety of temperatures. For example, the storage rooms are kept at cold temperatures, yet the cooking facilities produce heat. To handle these circumstances, temperature-resistant flooring materials should be used. In addition, food processing plants have heavy machinery. Another flooring solution that would be helpful is those with enhanced impact resistance to lower the likelihood of accidents and to reduce damage.


The right flooring system is critical for upholding proper food safety protocols. Concrete or tile floors are prone to damage and can harbor bacteria over time. Coatings not only provide superior durability, but also enhance resistance to microbes through built-in antimicrobial technology. Seamless, impermeable coatings leave no place for bacteria to hide, and antimicrobial protection reduces bacterial growth and spread. Together, these properties enable food facilities to maintain the highest hygiene standards for their customers.

Sean Walsh