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Katharine Ames

May 2, 2017

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FDA and USDA Approved Flooring Regulations

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In the beverage industry, one necessary step to take when building a facility is meeting FDA and USDA approved flooring regulations . So when the Rusty Bull Brewery took an old automotive shop and turned it into a brewery, we provided the professional flooring services to guide them through the process in meeting those federal government standards.

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The food and beverage industry has mandatory environmental regulations for all operator’s floors due to the risks associated with handling food or beverage in unsafe or unsanitary conditions.  This is especially true in a beverage manufacturing facility, as the yeast used to make alcoholic beverages contains microorganisms that naturally assist in the fermentation process. When there is a spill on an untreated floor, these organisms will seep into any small crevice or crack and grow into more bacteria overtime, thus creating more cracks and an unsanitary environment. epoxy floor system in the brewing area.  Because of this, Rusty Bull knew they needed a FDA and USDA approved flooring system.

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The application process was a FDA and USDA approved flooring industrial strength three coat epoxy broadcast system in the brew area, which would keep any and all bacteria and pathogens (from spills) from seeping into the concrete. The epoxy surface has the structural integrity to withstand abrasive cleaning procedures and cleaning chemicals, for when the brewery is sanitizing the work area. This seamless epoxy flooring system will provide premier protection from any spill, odorless and easy to clean surface and is a cost-effective solution as the lifetime of your floors is increase by 10 years.

Want to discuss how we can help you create a safer facility? Contact us today for a free floor estimate.

Katharine Ames

Nov 16, 2016

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Summit Industrial Flooring And Nu-Safe Announce Partnership

Summit Industrial Flooring And Nu-Safe Announce Partnership

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Founded by CCAA-certified Master Craftsman Keith Powell, Summit Industrial Flooring announces an exclusive partnership with Nu-Safe Anti-Slip Floor Solutions. Summit’s Comprehensive Floor Safety systems and experience combined with NuSafe’s extensive product and industry knowledge significantly reduce the risk of employee slip and fall accidents and protect your facility from liability and exposure. 

The National Floor Safety Council of America recorded nearly $70 billion is spent each year on medical expenses and workers’ compensation for slip and fall accidents.  Summit Industrial Flooring’s partnership with Nu-Safe is poised to significantly reduce the number of slip and fall incidents for companies and provide long term solutions for a safer working environment. 

“At Summit, our goal is to educate our customers and provide sustainable, long-term solutions, while avoiding costly downtime for their industrial facilities,” says CEO Keith Powell. “Our partnership with Nu-Safe now allows us to bring the latest in anti-slip testing, treatments, sealants and high traction cleaners, providing our customers with the most comprehensive flooring solution for their workplace.”

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Rick Edsall

Mar 16, 2016

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Making your Commercial Polished Concrete Look Amazing

 

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Concrete is an inexpensive, durable and long-lasting material to use in the construction of any commercial property. The main problem though is it looks boring. It is cold, absorbs stains and can prove slippery when wet. Does that mean you should replace your concrete with a different material? Not at all. Replacing your concrete flooring, whether in the manufacturing plant or hallways through the building, is an unnecessary expense. Instead, you can make your commercial concrete look amazing by adding a simple polish or other easy to apply treatment.

Bring Out the Shine of Your Concrete

With an epoxy application to your concrete, you instantly add a new level of protection to the flooring. Whether you go with a general epoxy or you decide to use an additive to ensure it improves the grip of the flooring, you will have a beautify, glossy looking floor. The epoxy protects the concrete and blocks out the natural pores of the stone mixture. This way, if there is a spill, whether water, oil or some other chemical, the flooring doesn’t absorb it, so you can avoid those unsightly stains.

Cleaning and taking care of your like-new concrete floor is easy as well. You can simply sweep the floor to remove the general dirt and dust. To give that beautiful polished concrete look, a floor buffer and wax takes the shine of the flooring to the next level. This way, you completely change the look of your commercial property, all without installing a new floor.

The Right Look For Your Property

The best thing about your polished concrete flooring is you can select any color. There is no limit to the options, so if you want it to match your current color palette or if you want it to take on a unique, alternative color, it can happen. Certain acids and stains mixed together possess the ability to completely change the look of the concrete. This way, visitors won’t even know they are walking on a cement floor. It increase the attractiveness of your building without costing you a fortune.

It does not matter what sort of commercial property you own or what sort of work is done, if you have a concrete floor you can always transform the appearance into something beautiful. All you need to do is take advantage of the epoxies, stains, acids and other application options to transform your floor.

 

Rick Edsall

Jan 27, 2016

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Surface Preparation Before Applying Industrial Floor Coating

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Surface Preparation Before Applying Industrial Floor Coating

If you want your industrial floor professionally restored, the processes needs to be comprehensive so that your floors will be robust and in top condition for many years in the future. Carrying out surface preparation before applying industrial floor coating is regarded as the most crucial stage of resinous flooring applications, and if this is not done correctly and to professional standards, it could result in you suffering a costly, time consuming repair procedure.

In order to make your floors look the best they can be, surface preparation is carried out using grinding, shot blasting and scarifying techniques. For example, in the case of old concrete, the first job is ensuring that surfaces are structurally sound before the resinous installation. At this stage, grinding, shot blasting, sandblasting, and rough sanding are utilized to take away scale, loose concrete, and existing paint. If possible, a stripper might be employed to take off excessive sealer or paint build-up. The mechanical preparation of structurally sound concrete is done to eliminate all forms of contamination, and the top process for a first-class bonding profile is vacuum shot blasting.

Prior to the application of any Epoxy Flooring System products, your industrial floor surface has to be inspected for signs of vapor transmission. In the case of new concrete, your floor should be dry and well cured before it is coated, unless green concrete primer is utilized, the cure needs to last for at least 28 days. All laitance, grease, oil, or other unwanted material is removed, and steam cleaning is carried out using a heavy de-greaser. Mechanical methods such as grinding, scarification, and vacuum blasting, are employed to take away laitance and foreign material. When concrete is new, it can be prepared mechanically through grinding, scarifying, sand blasting, or vacuum shot-blasting, and it can also be acid etched.

De-greasing compounds or solvents are utilized to take away grease, oil, and other foreign materials, and then mechanical abrasion, sandblasting, or sanding is done to remove all rust and scaling.

Rick Edsall

Jan 20, 2016

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How to Use an Industrial Floor Buffer

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Industrial floor buffers make it easy to remove skid marks, dust and restore the pristine shine of your floor. Whether in a hallway or out on the industrial floor, the buffer can make maintaining your facility much easier than ever before. However, it isn’t as simple as a vacuum. You don’t just plug it in and go. There are important steps you need to follow to ensure you not only remain safe while using it, but avoid costly issues with the flooring as well.

Inspect the Scrub Brush/Polishing Pad

If you are removing thick grime from the floor, you’ll need a scrub brush. If you are restoring a dusty floor to a pristine shine you’ll need a polishing pad. Either way, you need to inspect what is coming in contact with the flooring. If the polishing pad appears extremely used and soiled you’ll need to replace it. Dirty polishing pads may scratch your floor and damage the epoxy. The scrub brush can withstand a bit more use, but if the bristles are damaged and the brush corroded, you also need to replace it.

Start in a Corner

Some industrial floor buffers are electric based and work off of a charge while others must connect to a power outlet. More likely than not, as an industrial device, it works off of a charge. Regardless of what you have, start in a corner of the room furthest from the entrance. You don’t want to buffer yourself into a corner. If you walk directly over an area that has just been buffed you risk not only scuffing it back up but also denting the surface.

Applying the Polishing Cream

Like waxing a fine car, you’ll need a polishing cream for the floor. You have two different options for how to use the cream. You can either apply it directly to the pad or onto the floor. If the pad is new, it can hold a considerable amount, so applying it to the pad may work to your advantage. However, if you have used the pad a few times already, applying it to the floor may be best. Just don’t use too much polishing cream, otherwise you run the risk of making the floor too slippery.

Overlap

When running the buffer, move laterally through the room and make sure to overlap your previously buffered area by a third in order to keep everything even.

Rick Edsall

Dec 16, 2015

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Looking After Polished Concrete Floors in Charleston, SC

 

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A polished concrete floor is an excellent way to save money over other floor materials while using the current concrete in your building. That doesn’t mean you can simply leave the polished concrete floors alone for good. While polished concrete floors are extremely durable and can take just about anything you throw at it, it does require some general maintenance to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you had it done.

General Cleaning

The beautiful thing about polished concrete floors is you can easily sweep and dust it with a dust mop. This helps maintain the pristine look of the flooring in your Charleston, South Carolina building. Wet mopping is a must as well. With a polished floor, it instantly reflects any dirt that might stick to the flooring. A water mop can do the trick when in a pinch, although taking advantage of a floor cleaner helps prevent dirt from sticking so you can spend most of the cleaning time sweeping instead of mopping.

Run a microfiber dust mop over the floor daily. Once a week or so you want to use the wet mop but make sure it is clean water. Mixing in the floor cleaner into the water gives you the extra cleaning power to keep your floors looking beautiful. Make sure the floor cleaning is a neutral formula designed to suspend dirt. This helps prevent the dirt from sticking to the floors.

Polishing the Floor

From time to time you will need to polish the floor to maintain the brilliant shine. When doing this, use an automatic floor scrubber using a nonabrasive pad. This cleans large areas of the flooring, which is great if you have a large surface area to clean. The wet mopping can replace the automatic floor scrubber in small areas or where the scrubber doesn’t reach. The two are interchangeable although the automatic floor scrubber is better if there are tougher stains that have not been cleaned in a while.

Cleaning Stains and Spills

It is important to try and clean spills or stains as quickly as possible. This prevents the absorption of the material into the floor. If you are cleaning grease or oil, give the floor cleaner some time to break down the stain. Let it sit before sweeping of vacuuming. However, you don’t want the cleaning solution to dry. Instead, clean small areas of the polished flooring.

Rick Edsall

Dec 9, 2015

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How to Polish Industrial Concrete Floors

 

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Concrete is one of the strongest, most durable materials used in the construction and building industry. If you’re looking for a practical, industrial strength floor, polished concrete flooring systems provide an affordable solution that will hold up to the heaviest traffic.

Concrete floors are the perfect choice for large commercial and industrial buildings. They’re strong, durable and easy to maintain in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, and retail establishments where daily traffic flow is extremely heavy. Concrete polishing will improve the quality of the floors and give them a beautiful, long-lasting surface that’s harder, stronger and stain resistant to water, oil and acids that can etch into bare concrete. It will also reduce maintenance and labor costs and extend the life of the floors by 10 years or more.

By hiring a professional who knows how to polish concrete, floors can be ground down and finished in satin or high-gloss finishes that provide the ultimate no-wax surface. Polishing concrete floors requires a lot of knowledge, skill and experience, so it’s important to hire a professional concrete polishing contractor to do the work. The process requires the use of special heavy-duty polishing machines that are equipped with diamond-impregnated disks. These disks gradually grind down the concrete floor surface to the desired degree of shine and smoothness. Penetrating hardeners which form a hard, crystalline structure are often applied after the first grinding process to strengthen the concrete and add protection from liquids and penetrating stains. Careful attention must be given to floor preparation, especially if existing concrete floors are old or damaged. Polishing without proper preparation may save you money up front, but your floors will be less that perfect and may need to be redone within a short time.

If structurally sound, both old and new concrete floors can be polished. For new floors, no special mix is required, but floors should be allowed to properly cure for at least 30 days before polishing begins. Existing floors typically require some surface preparation before polishing begins. All dirt, grime, grease, imperfections and existing sealers must be removed first. If floors are uneven, damaged, extremely porous, or need extensive repairs, special preparation, techniques, and expertise on how to polish concrete may be necessary for best results.

Concrete polishing offers many benefits and provides a beautiful, long-lasting finish. It’s a great way to create durable, stylish floors for any commercial space.

Rick Edsall

Aug 30, 2015

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Potential Dangers for Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy floors are some of the most durable floors for your business. They are thick, strong and are not easily damaged as non-coated floors. Epoxy floors are at least two millimeters thick and made up of two components: resins and hardeners. Epoxy floors are great for almost any type of industrial company. However, they may be strong but can break down just like any other flooring if not taken care of properly. Here are some things to keep note of when trying to get the longest possible life out of your epoxy floors.

Prepared Improperly
If your epoxy floors are not put together properly then damage will soon occur. First, the resin and hardener have to mix well. If these two materials aren’t in good condition or mixed with improper proportions then the final product won’t sit well. Also once the floor is laid down the surface must be prepared properly. It should be cleaned and free of any debris or dust. It should also be compatible with the substrate and primer that is applied.

Contaminated Floors
If the floor you are using is old or completely unusable then applying epoxy coating to the floor will do it no good. Eventually the floor and coating will start to break down because the surface it is on is unsuitable. Oils, greases and any other chemicals should be completely and properly cleaned off of the floor. If the floor is unusable or been through too much damage then replace it with a new one before applying the epoxy.

Humidity
Humidity is the kryptonite of epoxy flooring. If exposed to too much humidity then condensation will occur on the flooring eventually damaging it. It is best to maintain a steady room and floor temperature. Make sure there are no dripping pipes and keep the surface dry at all times.

Rick Edsall

Aug 20, 2015

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Concrete Flooring Discoloration

Do you use concrete flooring in your business and appreciate the durability and usefulness of this sturdy material? Who doesn’t? They provide so much stability in the industrial world that it would be hard to get along without them. Unfortunately, if you have been using concrete flooring long enough you know that they can begin to show discoloration if not handled properly. The good news is this doesn’t have to happen.

Causes
Often times the problem with discoloration lies within the different or inconsistent materials that were mixed to form the concrete. This could be do to poor workmanship or adding an inappropriate ingredient or miscalculated amount of material. These causes could be due to miscommunication between a team of members. For example, if a group of people are working on mixing the cement, someone may add one cement color or too much water, while the other person adds another cement color and extra ingredients. Whatever the case may be, it is important to use a consistent amount of material.

How to Prevent Discoloration
It’s important to take the steps of carefully mixing the ingredients to avoid discoloration in the first place. Create a sample piece of concrete to let everyone involved in the process know how the end result will look like. Communication is key. If the concrete needs be dried in a certain room temperature, then make sure whoever is responsible for that part of the process knows what he or she is supposed to be doing. It’s best if the concrete is mixed at the same company to avoid any discrepancies.

How to Fix Discoloration
If you are receiving your concrete from a distributor then you may not have control of how your concrete turns out. However, if your floor is discolored there are ways to diminish the effects. You can first start by scrubbing and washing, preferably acid washing, the floor. Use hot water and continue this process until the discoloration begins to disappear. You could also add a stain or other chemical top coats. Acid solution works great for severe cases of discoloration. Whenever applying any chemical to your floor wash and flush it following the process.

At Summit Industrial Flooring, we are focused on giving you the best possible results and an even colored finish to your concrete.

Rick Edsall

Jun 17, 2015

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Concrete Floor Safety

Concrete is a durable and inexpensive material to use in the production of a building. That is why so many manufacturing plants and large construction projects are made with concrete floors. As long as concrete is properly taken care of, not only can it last a long time but it can look superior to many other flooring options out there. Polished concrete flooring, epoxy flooring systems and even decorative or chip/broadcast epoxy systems all help improve the look of the floor, make it easier to clean without stains and ensure the flooring is suitable for just about any condition. However, it is still important to utilize proper concrete floor safety procedures in order to make sure everyone inside of the building, plant or office building remain safe and secure, no matter what is going on.

Clean Up Spills

It is extremely important to clean up any sort of spill that occurs on the floor as quickly as possible. With the epoxy and polished concrete, the pores of the material are no longer exposed, which means it is not going to absorb the liquid like traditionally, exposed concrete. Due to this, it can become a bit slick when moisture is present. Cleaning up any sort of oil and other thicker, darker liquid can help avoid long term stains as well.

Traffic Lanes

Inside of a plant or manufacturing facility, having clearly identified traffic lanes is important. This can be done with proper striping on the concrete. Different stripes can represent different flows of traffic. Some common striping for concrete floor safety includes a yellow stripe for traffic lanes and work cells, white often means an equipment fixture, a blue might represent materials and components, an orange may mean products held for inspection with other color combinations and stirring options available. When everyone has a specific line to follow while navigating through a busy manufacturing plant it helps avoid injuries and makes sure everyone is right where they need to be.

Maintain Epoxy Covering

Over time, the epoxy covering on the floor might start to wear down, especially under heavy traffic. This is why it is important to have it patched and maintained whenever required. This helps the concrete from cracking under the other layers of epoxy that are not damaged. Should concrete start to crack underneath the exposed surface, it can become difficult to prevent any additional damage.

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