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SPONSORED POST: Sweet success starts from the ground up: Technical Finishes and Grootendorst Bakery

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IN the food and beverage sector, every aspect of the production process plays a crucial role in maintaining high standards of quality, hygiene, and safety. One often overlooked yet vital component is flooring. When it comes to confectionery and baking, the right flooring becomes even more important due to the specific requirements of this industry.

Hygiene is paramount where ingredients are handled and intricate processes are involved. The right flooring material contributes significantly to maintaining a clean and sanitary environment. Smooth, seamless surfaces with minimal joints or crevices prevent the accumulation of dirt, moisture, and food particles, and help in reducing the risk of contamination, bacterial growth, and pest infestations.

Durability is another factor to consider when choosing flooring for confectionery and baking facilities. The industry involves heavy machinery, equipment, and constant foot traffic. Flooring must withstand weight and impact, resist abrasion, and endure rigorous cleaning protocols without deteriorating. Opting for robust materials like epoxy, polyurethane, or screed ensures that the flooring remains in good condition for an extended period, to minimise maintenance and replacement costs.

Slip resistance is another essential safety consideration. Spills of ingredients, oils, and liquids are common occurrences during production. A floor with good slip resistance can prevent accidents, safeguarding the wellbeing of employees and preventing damage to delicate products. Flooring materials with non-slip properties, or specialised coatings, offer better traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls.

Temperature and moisture control are critical factors too. The sector often requires precise climate conditions to ensure optimal product quality. Certain flooring materials, such as epoxy or resinous coatings, can help regulate temperatures, withstand extreme hot or cold conditions, and resist moisture penetration. Such features contribute to maintaining stable production environments, preventing the growth of moulds and fungi, and preserving product integrity.

Cleanliness and aesthetics go hand in hand, particularly where presentation plays a vital role. An attractive and well-maintained workspace and shopfront make a positive impression on customers and enhance the overall image of the business. Flooring materials that are easy to clean, resistant to staining, and capable of retaining their appearance, help to maintain a professional and inviting environment.

With over 39 years in the confectionary business, the family behind Grootendorst Bakery in Port Elizabeth had first-hand experience of why the right flooring is a critical consideration. So, when the time came for them to transform an old house into a newly renovated bakery, they trusted the Technical Finishes team to provide them with a tried-and-tested recipe for flop-proof flooring success.

Freezer room: Polyscreed HF, cold room: Polyscreed RT, kitchen, back-of-house, and storeroom: Polyscreed MD, and covings: Polyscreed WR Lockcoat. As a tribute to their proud Dutch heritage, the Grootendorst family also chose orange (RAL2003) as their signature colour.

The installation was completed to the highest standards by Anthony Krige of Krochem High-Performance Flooring, and Mr Grootendorst was particularly pleased with how the bakery was kept as tidy as possible from floor preparation through to final application.

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