How to choose the right flooring for the dairy industry

When choosing flooring materials for dairy industry facilities, hygiene, safety, and durability are key considerations. Food-grade epoxy flooring is an effective solution that has proven performance in all types of food and beverage processing organizations.

From small, independent farms to large dairy production plants, the flooring you choose must protect the products and reduce any risk of contamination from animals, foot traffic, and vehicles within the facility.

If you’re looking for new or replacement flooring for your dairy production plant, you’ll know it can be a challenge to find a hard-wearing and sanitary floor that allows the dairy to operate efficiently. 

Read on to learn about the issues that dairy floors face—and how to solve them.

Hygienic daily flooring

Cattle, heavy machinery, milk spillage, and foot traffic all take a toll on dairy floors, causing irreparable and costly damage to the surface. Once cracks or chips start to appear, contaminants can penetrate the floor and become a breeding ground for bacteria, which could spoil the products and damage the reputation of the business.

Everlast® Epoxy flooring is a practical and sanitary solution for milk storage areas, milking chambers, and production plants because it offers a seamless, unbroken surface, with no joints where contaminants can accumulate.

Our flooring also contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial component that helps protect dairy floors from a wide range of bacteria, germs, fungi, and yeasts while also repelling objectionable odors.  

Most flooring, such as rubber or urethane, is not antimicrobial. By dispersing the antimicrobial component throughout the resin of an epoxy floor, our system offers thorough protection against contaminants.

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Easy-to-clean dairy flooring

Food production plants are subjected to frequent and intense cleaning processes, often involving harsh detergents and pressure washers.

After milking sessions, floors in a dairy will need to be cleaned of animal waste, spilt milk, and debris to ensure a sanitary environment is maintained.

Our flooring for the dairy industry provides excellent resistance to animal waste, spillages of dairy products (which are acidic), and chemical cleaners when used in conjunction with our Everlast® Floor Care cleaning products.

Our flooring can also be applied to the walls in dairy facilities to create a coved area that makes the transition from floor to wall smooth, seamless, and easy to clean and disinfect.

Suitable flooring for extreme temperatures

The pasteurization process involves high temperatures, so it’s important to choose a surface that can withstand heat without degrading.

Our flooring absorbs and transfers heat up to temperatures of 158°F, thanks to its thick, troweled-on layer of protection. 

Similarly, in coolers and freezers that drop to subzero temperatures, Everlast® floors maintain their durability and antimicrobial properties to protect your floor and your products.

Antislip flooring 

Keeping the workforce and livestock safe is a key priority, especially in an environment where the floors are frequently wet or subjected to spills. 

Our resin floors can help ensure that these areas are not a slip hazard, thanks to a textured finish that creates excellent slip resistance—even under wet conditions.

Let us evaluate your dairy flooring needs

With decades of experience in providing flooring for the food industry, Everlast® Epoxy can advise on the right solution to suit the unique requirements of your dairy.

We also offer a downloadable checklist that answers all your questions when it comes to choosing the right flooring for the dairy industry. 

Let our friendly team advise you in evaluating the right floor for your unique requirements by calling (800) 708-9870 or contacting us online.

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