Something that not many people know is just how many different industries require hygiene coatings. While restaurants are a significant percentage of the sectors that need hygiene spraying, hospitals, supermarkets, doctors, dentist, breweries and veterinary practices are all expected to have a sanitary workplace. Many people don’t realise that hygiene coatings are key to meeting many of the food hygiene or health and safety regulations. By not having the right coatings on the flooring and walls, your business could be open to earning a bad reputation.
There is a wide range of benefits to hygiene coatings, and businesses that do not necessarily need them may want to think about having them in their premises. If your commercial property has a communal eating area or kitchen it may be worth having hygiene coatings as it is much easier to clean and far more hygienic then any other porous paint.
What is the importance of hygiene coatings?
It’s extremely important for all healthcare facilities and food production business to keep a clean and hygienic environment. Business within these industries have to ensure they meet strict regulations. You may think that you are keeping your workplace safe and clean by regularly cleaning and tidying, but what you don’t realise is how unsanitary your flooring and walls are if they have not been sufficiently sprayed with hygiene coatings.
Hygiene coatings allow your walls to be a safe non-bacteria growing zone. They are much easier to wipe down and clean. Due to their non-porous properties, the bacteria is less likely to cling to the surface. No matter what gets on the walls such as bodily fluids or any food, it can be wiped with ease, and won’t leave any stains.
What do hygiene coatings do?
Hygiene coatings are not just a fancy word for paint; it works to help prevent bacteria and virus from collecting on porous surfaces. The paint has been designed and manufactures to stop bacteria from spreading. Which means if you have bacteria on your hands or on a piece of equipment it is less likely to transfer to the walls or onto other people. It also helps to create a cleaner and safer environment for patients to be and for people to eat and make food in.
What industries can use hygiene coatings
Almost any industry can use hygiene coatings if they choose to, but there are a few industries where they may be slightly more beneficial. A fairly obvious one is the health industry, you will always want to eliminate the risk of any diseases spreading. Waiting rooms are also another area where you may want to consider having such coating, babies, elderly and vulnerable people may have defective immune systems which makes them more prone to picking up common and deadly illnesses. Coatings help to eliminate this risk and provide your patients with a safe haven to wait for their appointment.
Catering, food and beverage industries may also want to look at having hygiene coatings applied. When cooking with meat, it can be a little tricky sometimes not to touch things, and it can be extremely easy for the spread of germs, or salmonella. If you are using chopping boards and other utensils on a regular basis you may also find, you pop them down, forget about where you have put them and not clean straight away, this is also a breeding ground for germs.
Laboratories will also need to make sure that their premises are in immaculate condition at all times, it can only take one small incident to cause the spread of bacteria and germs. It can also be critical for laboratories to have hygiene coatings, especially when dealing with bodily fluids and other serious forms of bacteria.
What areas are most at risk?
Some of the main surfaces that attract bacteria, fungi and microorganisms are walls, floors and doors. As some of the main places people come in contact with it’s no shock that these are the most contaminated, it becomes easy for these germs to travel from one person to another. Using specific hygiene coatings, you are more likely to make them more resistant to these germs, which helps prevent them from being able to travel.
How do bacterias and infections work?
Healthcare facilities are often those that are more prone to spreading bacteria or diseases and to those who work there it can be fairly harmful to their own health not to mention the patients. As humans, we tend to touch a lot of items, and we may not always be in the most sanitary condition, germs can easily spread from one another making it vital for hygiene coatings to be applied.
What is bacteria?
Bacteria are tiny living organisms that are not seen by the eye, there is a range of different bacterium, and some are more harmful than others however to the untrained eye most of us are unable to tell which is which. Bacteria can grow and intensify extremely fast if in the right conditions for it to live from. If something isn’t cleaned properly, or it finds something, it can live off it can cause a lot of common illness such as sore throats and stomach bugs.
Human relationships with bacteria are rather complex, as the certain bacterium can be more harmful than others. They can often thrive in a range of environments such as sand, soil, the ocean and inside the human gut. In some cases, bacteria can lend a helping hand, for example, turning milk into yoghurt or helping you with your digestion system. However, others can be slightly more destructive to the human body and can sometimes cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia and MRSA.
Now the reason why bacteria tends to spread so quickly is it does not reproduce in the same way humans do. When the reproduction process tends to start, the bacterium will double in size. The formation tends to look something like 1,2,4,8,16 and so forth if the bacteria is one that can be dangerous to humans it can be hard to prevent it from spreading.
Most human immune systems can fight bad bacteria off, but if you are already in a medical facility, then your immune system is already likely to be vulnerable. When you have a lot of people in one place, it can be hard to stay on top of or track everyone’s personal hygiene, but you want to minimise the risk of contracting or spreading germs and bacterium.
Why should I consider hygiene coatings?
What many business owners do not realise is they may be deep cleaning their premises on a regular basis but if you were to shine UV lights onto your walls to show the bacteria and dirt you might have a little shock to just how much of it is still there.
There is a range of benefits to hygiene coatings that you should consider; the first is that it has a water-based which means it sprays evenly and seamless. It also dries exceptionally quick; this means that application process can be completed while you are closed, or it can be done during the day but does not have too much disruption to the running of your business. Another great aspect of hygiene coatings is it is very durable which means it does not require as much maintenance as you may think. Depending on which contractor you choose to go with for your hygiene coating, they tend to offer warranties. We highly recommend looking out for these as it could save you a fair bit of money in the future. Here at CJ Coatings, we offer a ten-year guarantee with all of our food-safe and hygiene coatings. All of our staff are also highly trained and specialist sprayer when it comes to this type of coating, it essentially means your premises can meet all food regulations along with health and safety ones.
You don’t have to worry whether hygiene coating can be applied to your surface. Due to the unique formula, it can be used on a range of surfaces including plaster, blockwork, brick, concrete or ceramic tile. The paint can be applied to damp surfaces due to its incredibly adhesive features. It also has a chemical resistant feature and is non-toxic, so you never have to worry about it being harmful to you or your customers.
Will it reduce my cleaning time?
We always recommend ensuring your cleaning schedule and routine is top notch and it should never change when you have hygiene coating. The properties of the paint make it less likely to stain as its non-porous and are less likely to crack, so it does make cleaning time a little bit quicker. Depending on what industry you work in, you might have to scrub down these surfaces frequently; however, unlike normal paint, you won’t have any paint come away as hygiene coatings will stay intact.
If you would like more information on the cleaning specification you need to follow we recommend having a read of the following:
Will maintenance effect business?
Hygiene wall coatings are great for maintenance; you don’t regularly have to attend to it. It requires minimal retouches as the colour does not fade even with frequent cleaning. Hygiene coating tends to keep its finish well, and you won’t see any cracks or bubbling. The best part about hygiene coating is if you do require a respray at any point its adhesive and fast drying qualities mean it only affects your business for one day.
There are a number of different hygiene coatings and food safe panel repairs you can use to get the best health and safety for your business. By choosing a hygiene coating, you not only make your work environment cleaner but you also make it safer for employees, customers and patients.