A popular survey indicated that dirty restaurant floors affect more than 68 percent of customers’ perceptions of a restaurant’s establishment. These customers explain that they would never return to dine at the establishment again. A whopping 86 percent also agreed that they always compare the cleanliness of the restaurant floors to the condition of the kitchen and its floors. Dirty and unkempt floors can not only cost you customers but also directly affect your building maintenance costs. Dirty floors may also cause dangerous accidents that may cause slipping and falling.
For hygiene and safety, one of the top concerns of running a successful restaurant business is the responsibility of restaurant floor polishing and maintenance. Maintaining the cleanliness for your brand value, customers, and also health departments who pop in for regular inspections is a must for every hospitality establishment.
Apart from the creative aesthetics and design options, restaurant floors should be easy to maintain, remain odorless, and durable enough to hold up against high traffic for various periods of time throughout the day. For instance, flooring at the bar area needs to be specifically fluid resistant. Dining floors need to be resistant to acids from the dropped food, and so on. Therefore, the type of flooring you choose for your restaurant is a very important decision indeed.
Recommended Flooring Options for Restaurants
Please note that regardless of any type of flooring you choose to use for your restaurant, for better quality and durability you need to ensure that it is of commercial grade.
- Marble Tiles: Marble tiles are durable, aesthetically pleasing, and versatile, however, have a very high installation costs. Depending on the restaurant area, the total expenditure can run between $7,000 to $10,000.
- Carpets: Carpets are slip and stain resistant. The advantage of using carpets is its ability to absorb sound and it is available at half the investment of tile flooring. It is also very easy to install. Choose very dense carpets for high traffic areas. Dense carpets are wear-resistant and very low maintenance.
- Laminate: Laminate or ceramic flooring come in a variety of custom designs. This flooring type enables you to get floors that resemble marble or hardwood without the cost. Plus they are easy to install and maintain.
- Resilient: This type of flooring covers vinyl, linoleum, and even rubber. You can choose a variety of patterns at an affordable investment. They are naturally durable, non-porous, and slip resistant.
- Concrete: Most commercial spaces opt for concrete flooring due to its versatility in color and patterns and is very affordable too. It also bounces back sound to give hospitality establishments edge and texture in most environments.
- Epoxy: This is applying multiple coats of paint over concrete flooring. This is perhaps the most affordable option for flooring in commercial spaces such as restaurants. It has a very low maintenance cost and is easy to do-it-yourself as well.
What is Restaurant Floor Polishing?
The process of floor polishing requires the use of a mechanical scrubber to polish non-carpeted floors, such as that of tiles, hardwood, marble or even linoleum. It is an important aspect of floor maintenance that protects the restaurant’s overall image and brand value.
With a commercial space such as a restaurant, there is always high traffic areas such as foyers, halls, and kitchens. When the dirt and grime from the customers’ shoes are released on the floor, the footfall further drags the dust particles and this erodes the surface of the floors further.
The process begins by the technician examining the type of floor, the amount of dirt accumulated, and stains. Then the appropriate chemicals are chosen for the process. However, before the chemicals are poured over the floors, the floors are first thoroughly vacuumed for dirt and dust particles. If needed, a liquid vacuum is used to get the maximum amount of grime off the floor. Then using a rotating abrasive pad, the floor is polished. The chemical residue is later wiped away with cleaners especially used for this step in the polishing process of restaurant floors. The process may be repeated a few times until the desired effect is seen on the floors i.e. until the floors appear to be as shiny as new.
Restaurant floor polishing is commonly done right after the restaurant is newly set up with the flooring installed. When the floors are damaged due to heavy traffic or low maintenance, floor polishing becomes an affordable alternative, compared to complete floor replacement.