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October 31, 2022

Concrete Flooring Protection in the Food Industry

Category: Cement

Flooring needs in the food production industry have many unique requirements. From stringent hygiene standards through to the constant stresses caused by equipment use and fine particle abrasion, a tough environment requires robust protection.

Concrete is widely used within the industry. This is down to multiple reasons, including ease of preparation and value for money. However, its permeability means that it’s necessary to use a quality protective layer over the top to conform to health and hygiene legislation and ensure longevity.

Epoxy coating is one of the most superior products widely used in the industry. Food Standards Australia sets the standards that all food production and serving facilities must adhere to. Over and above the construction and design needs, the flooring at food premises must be:

  • Able to be easily and effectively cleaned
  • Be able to repel grease, food particles or water
  • Not provide an environment that can harbour pests
  • Be laid so there is no ponding of water

forklift on concrete flooring

Food Industry Flooring: The Challenges

A concrete floor must be protected by a substance that’s easy to clean. This must withstand the daily use of harsh cleaning materials/chemicals – including both acids and alkaline. Due to equipment constantly scattering debris, fine particle abrasion is common within the industry. Add in the high traffic that these areas typically receive and other damaging substances, such as oils and fats, and it becomes clear that any protection must be highly resilient.

Food Industry Flooring: The Protective Solution

flour bags on concrete flooring

One of the hardest-wearing solutions on the market today is an epoxy. Combined with ceramic reinforcement, this provides a value-for-money, long-lived protective coating that greatly protects against dry and wet abrasive materials.

It also offers the following advantages:

  • Non-porous and easy to clean
  • Robust enough to stand up against the harshest of cleaning materials
  • Protects against UV rays
  • Protects against stains
  • Extends the longevity of the flooring surface
  • Repels contaminants and bacteria

One of the most advanced products on the market today is the ARC MX FG coating from Chesterton. This tough, ceramic-reinforced epoxy coating is easily applied by trowel and complies with legislation 21 CFR 175.300 for direct food contact:

  • Type II – Acidic (pH 5.0 or below), aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar, or both, including oil-in-water emulsions of low or high-fat food.
  • Type III – Aqueous, acid or non-acid products containing free oil or fat; may contain salt and include water-in-oil emulsions of low or high-fat content.
  • Type IVA – Dairy products and modifications: High or low-fat water in oil emulsion.​
  • Type IVB – Dairy products and modifications: Oil in water emulsion, high or low fat.​
  • Type V – Low moisture fats and oils, Condition C.​
  • Type VIII – Dry solid foods.​
ARC MX FG

ARC MX FG

ARC MX FG coating can be applied to new and existing concrete floors to create a protective and penetrating floor coating. The advantages go far beyond simple concrete floor protection, addressing the health, safety and hygiene needs in this highly legislated industry in a cost-effective and easy-to-install manner.

ARC MX FG coating’s anti-microbial properties also help guard against the growth and spread of potentially harmful bacteria. Such advanced technology lasts for extended periods, and the ease of use means it’s a hugely viable option for any refurbishment or upgrades projects.

 


This article was featured in the Concrete Institute of Australia Magazine.

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