Insects and pests are incredibly resilient creatures that breed and spread fast. If you’re a facility manager in the food preparation industry or if you run a busy commercial kitchen or restaurant, you’ll know that an infestation of insects can be incredibly disruptive and costly for your business.
There are measures you can take to minimize the risk of insect infiltration, and one of the most effective methods begins with the floor. Epoxy flooring is a durable surface that helps to repel insects and leaves them with nowhere to hide, making your premises a safer, more hygienic environment in which to work, visit, and dine.
Read on to discover why pests hate Everlast® Epoxy floors in commercial kitchens.
Seamless flooring leaves pests nowhere to hide
Insects thrive in a damp, dark environment and have the potential to spread pathogens, including Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, across your premises.
Many common floor surfaces, such as tiles, rubberized flooring, and carpet, allow insects easy access to these damp, favorable environments via joints between the tiles or carpet squares, giving them the perfect home in which to multiply.
Everlast® Epoxy flooring is different because it plays a significant role in preventing insect problems, thanks to its seamless and nonporous properties, denying entry to pests. Even in universally “weak” areas around pipes, drains, and conduits, epoxy flooring bonds to the surface and forms a watertight seal.
The pathogens that pests carry can also create objectionable odors, but with no cracks and seams to hide in, your kitchens and dining areas will remain fresh smelling and sanitary for life!
Easy-to-clean floors that repel pests
Everlast® Epoxy flooring is easy to keep clean and maintain, which means any spills, debris, or food waste can be cleaned away before insects reach them.
At the end of a busy shift, staff can simply use a detergent, such as Everlast® Floor Care Cleaner Concentrate, and water to squeegee the dirt directly to the drains. For a deeper clean, Everlast® Epoxy floors can withstand power washing and water temperatures of up to 158°F for a squeaky clean finish.
Durable with no signs of deterioration
All floors will perform well and look great when they are first installed, but when you fast forward just two or three years, many of those same surfaces will already show signs of wear and tear and be in need of repair or replacement.
After a short time, broken tiles and loose grout allow bacteria and water to seep into the substrate where they will thrive and create an unhealthy environment. Sheet floors, such as vinyl or rubber flooring, are vulnerable to tearing at the seams, allowing inserts to get underneath and wear away the adhesive.
Durable Everlast® Epoxy flooring offers a smart alternative, as our system uses only the highest-quality aggregates and epoxy, installed to 160 mm thick. The epoxy bonds with the substrate to stop pests from penetrating the surface and multiplying, ensuring your commercial kitchen flooring remains in top condition for decades to come.
Integral antimicrobial protection for flooring
Insects and bacteria can be carried into your premises on the soles of shoes, or enter via an open door or window. Although we cannot claim that our flooring will banish bacteria from your facility entirely, our epoxy system contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial component that penetrates every layer of the floor to inhibit pests and the pathogens they can carry—of the options, you can be sure our flooring provides the best bang for your buck.
Some of the microorganisms that our floors inhibit include fungi, yeasts, and actinomycetes.
Make pest problems a thing of the past
Calling the pest professionals is costly, can cause disruption or the closure of your facility, and could also damage the hard-earned reputation of your business—who would want to dine at a restaurant with a reported insect infestation?
Everlast® Epoxy flooring can help you avoid pest problems in any commercial kitchen environment and stop insect invaders from infiltrating your restaurant.
Speak to our friendly team at (800) 708-9870 for advice and a no-obligation quote, or request a free sample so you can feel the high-quality of our floors and discover why insects hate epoxy floors in commercial kitchens for yourself.