Seamless concrete isn't just a durable and attractive flooring choice. It's also a great way to boost health and safety in your restaurant. Here are 3 ways a seamless concrete floor will reduce slips, trips and falls in your eatery and make the establishment a safer place for your workers and your customers.
Slips and trips are one of the most common injuries that occur in restaurants. Both staff and patrons are at risk if safety expectations aren't met. There are many factors that could lead to a fall in a restaurant. One common cause is cracks and grooves in flooring. Some flooring options (like wood, for example) have many natural crevices in them. Others, like tiles, have seams filled with grout or adhesive. If someone's foot gets caught in one of these small gaps, they could easily trip and fall, leading to serious injury. However, as the name suggests, seamless floors are completely smooth, with no grooves or splits that a shoe could get lodged in. Concrete also stands up well to the usual light wear and tear a restaurant floor gets, so you won't have to worry that footfall will create worn-out crevices in the surface.
Another common cause of falls in a restaurant is a slippery surface. While it might seem like polished concrete floors are inherently slippery and dangerous, this doesn't have to be the case. Once your floor has been installed, your concrete contractor can coat the entire surface with a grit sealer. These sealers contain a polymer grit additive that becomes invisible when mixed and creates a surface with more friction. This means you can have a seamless, smooth concrete floor that shoes won't slide around on, and you won't even have to compromise on appearance to get it.
Aside from natural slipperiness, the regular mopping restaurant floors face can create wet patches that present a slip hazard. Concrete can help reduce this risk in two ways. Firstly, a seamless concrete floor is easy to dry with regular cleaning equipment because there are no gaps for water to get stuck in. Secondly, concrete floors are more hygienic than many other flooring types. The seamless, smooth surface naturally repels microscopic dirt and won't absorb and trap allergens. This means you don't need to clean the flooring as often as as you would with other flooring materials, reducing the amount of time the floor spends wet.Share