86 Grout Issues with Seamless Kitchen Floors
Each day, your kitchen floor is hit by a barrage of grease, oil and residual foodstuffs that, paired with moisture, serve up a recipe of the most common bacteria found in foodservice – pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacteria is most often found in the grout lines of tile flooring. Over time, the bacteria produces organic acids, which break down grout lines, including epoxy grout, a common choice for the harshest environments.
In most establishments, the standard practice of daily floor washing actually helps in the process of breaking down your floor! With each swipe of the mop, the bacteria and damaging acids are diluted and transported all across your floor. As the grout lines throughout your kitchen begin to erode, the tiles are no longer secured and begin popping up. Not only are popping tiles a dangerous trip and fall hazard for your employees, they are also an indicator that the bacteria has reached beneath the tiles and, in turn, have begun to destroy the substrate, potentially resulting in floor failure.
What's the solution? We recommend cementitious urethane floors for kitchen environments. We recommend these systems because they:
- Are seamless - eliminating crevices that can hold moisture or bacteria
- Increase safety - by providing a seamless surface, the trip hazard caused by moving tiles is eliminated
- Keep you operational - no shutting down for re-grouting and repairs seen with grout and tile failure
- Offer a wide service temperature range