The resin flooring specialists Flowcrete Australia have unveiled the next stage in the evolution of food grade flooring – the full gloss, polyurethane, antimicrobial enhanced Flowfresh Sealer system.
The innovative formulation of Flowfresh Sealer means that polyurethane flooring systems for food environments no longer need to be purely functional, uninspiring surfaces. This colourful coating, the first of its kind to be introduced to the Australian flooring market, was developed to provide the food and beverage sector with aesthetically appealing floors able to keep up with the rapidly evolving needs of this complex industry.
Its gloss finish makes Flowfresh Sealer easier to clean than traditional matt systems. The ease of cleaning and seamless, hygienic surface it creates ensures that the floor provides the ultimate in food-safe flooring facility design.
The Managing Director of Flowcrete Australia, Sean Tinsley, said: “Food grade flooring has had to continually improve over the years to comply with the stringent criteria of authorities such as Food Standards Australia New Zealand as well as internationally recognised food safety standards.
“And now food processing facilities can have a floor finish that combines bold, eye-catching, full gloss colours with all the resilience and hygienic properties required within intense industrial locations. The durability of Flowfresh means that the floor area will retain its vibrancy despite the many challenges thrown at it on a daily basis within food production and processing spaces.”
Even the most intensive and challenging facilities within the food industry can utilise Flowfresh Sealer to create floors within a large-scale complex that meet the strict demands of regulators and international standards while simultaneously helping to ensure a safe, pleasant and efficient working environment.
The entire Flowfresh range has recently been Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) International Certified. This globally recognised benchmark of food safety designates materials, equipment and services that can be used within the food industry to minimise the risk of contamination incidences.
The HACCP International guidelines state that the floor plays a crucial role in addressing contamination threats, as an inadequate floor can become a prime site of bacteria build-up. Not only does the floor have to provide a hygienic, seamless, impervious and easy to clean surface, it needs to do so for the long term in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock.
Vibrant floors are not just an aesthetic advantage, but they can be used to enhance the on-site working processes. For example different colours can help to avoid cross-contamination by clearly designating high-care zones from low-care areas of the site. Implementing a floor design like this can be crucial to proving that as much as possible is being done to protect against any and all forms of contamination, which can be vital to attaining industry accreditations and gaining client trust.
The Flowfresh range of polyurethane flooring revolutionised the food grade flooring market when it was first introduced and it remains the only resin flooring solution available to the Australian market that harnesses the natural bactericidal properties of silver to eliminate germs in contact with the coating.
This innovative formulation stems from Flowcrete’s exclusive global collaboration with the anti-bacterial agent manufacturer Polygiene®. The Polygiene® additive is homogenously distributed throughout the polyurethane matrix of Flowfresh to create a surface able to kill 99.9% of germs. This bacteria targeting property has been proven to meet the ISO 22916 standard, which measures a surface’s antibacterial effectiveness on plastics and other non-porous surfaces.
Tinsley added: “Our Flowfresh range represented a new generation of antimicrobial flooring when it was released and now we’ve taken food industry flooring to the next level again with the launch of Flowfresh Sealer.”