Dairy facilities have unique needs when it comes to flooring. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream are all made from the same product but have very different handling needs. Pasteurization creates high temperatures while ice cream handling results in extremely low temperatures.
Dairy or milking barn floors may be constantly wet from water, milk, whey or other by-products. Multiple daily steam cleanings can subject the floor to thermal shock, which could create small cracks in a floor if it is not the right type to handle this type of hard use. As with any biological elements, harsh chemical degreasers will be used to ensure cleanliness, sometimes multiple times a day. The acidic nature of biological proteins means that the flooring is under attack from any spill.
The wetness of a dairy facility or spillage of fats and oils makes slip hazards a very real concern. Employees or animals that may be present must have a surface that is adhesive but not so strongly textured that it causes discomfort or wears away your cow’s or goat’s hooves. Your dairy plant floor must have anti-slip properties that are also easy to clean.
When the raw ingredients arrive, or the finished product leaves your facility, you don’t want the pallet trucks wearing grooves in your floor each time they circle away. Unprotected concrete is not able to withstand this type of daily damage. Resinous flooring systems are highly recommended in dairy and cheese processing plants.
Resin flooring systems like Urethane Concrete Flooring is particularly suited for use in wet food environments. The USDA has approved resinous flooring systems as food grade or food safe floor finishes. Waterborne polyurethane resins with cement and aggregates create a workable floor that can withstand this harsh environment. Anti-slip additives and protective topcoats provide fast cure, highly durable flooring systems with no strong odors.
Coupled with good drainage design, your urethane concrete floor will give you excellent structural strength to withstand heavy loads and traffic while maintaining a safe working environment in both wet and dry conditions. Your seamless resinous flooring system will not support to the growth of bacteria.
Resinous floors for dairy plants have demonstrated excellent performance in wet food processing environments where the work space experiences thermal cycling chemical cleanings and pressurized steam cleanings. These are aggressive floors made to stand up to these aggressive environments. Please contact us for more information about these systems or just request free samples.
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