When it comes to flooring in the dairy production facility there are many challenges to be considered.
- Wet Production Areas
Due to the nature of dairy production being a wet process, a lot of liquids are constantly on the floor. This creates a couple of issues; slip hazards, pooling of liquids (if falls have been done incorrectly), and corrosion of the floor. Along with these issues, harsh chemicals are often used to eliminate bad bacteria growth, which can corrode a non-acid and chemical resistant floor.
- Extreme Temperature Variances
As with most dairy products, such as cheese, yoghurt, custard and cream, the production and cleaning process involves heat, with storage involving temperatures below zero. With two extreme temperatures, concrete can gradually crack under the pressure, exposing bare substrate.
- Controlling Bad Bacteria
With the dairy production process often involving both heat and moisture, without control measures, the floor can become a perfect medium for unwanted bacteria to thrive.
- Acid Resistance
Exposure to acids such as nitric and phosphoric acid (in cleaning chemicals), as well as lactic acid from the dairy product can place the floor under significant pressure. Because of this, a flooring solution that is polyurethane cement based is highly recommended to stand up to these acids.