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Things to Consider When Choosing Distillery Floors

While distilling alcohol might sound like a party, it’s also a technical science with plenty of rules surrounding the production process. As such, the process must be carefully engineered from the ground up, in the most literal sense.

Whether you’re planning a new build or replacing your existing floor covering, it’s important that you think through your options before making any big decisions.

Read on to find out more about four of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing distillery floors.

Texture

There are obvious changes in texture – like the difference between carpet and hardwood floors – and then there are the more subtle differences that distillery owners need to know about. There are two important considerations here:
 

  1. Is it easy to slip over on the floor?
    If your floors are too smooth or have a waxy consistency, you could be opening yourself up to health and safety issues when your staff or customers inevitably slip and fall. To prevent this, opt for a specifically designed non-slip material.
  2. Does your flooring cling to dirt?
    A rough or uneven floor texture might not seem like a negative thing, especially because excessive smoothness becomes a slipping hazard. However, cleanliness in a distillery is just as important as safety, and any dirt that gathers on the floor can cause major problems for the final product.

Toughness

Most workplaces need floors that are durable enough to survive a certain level of impact, but few are quite as prone to breakage and spillage as distilleries. It’s important that you invest in flooring with the strength and resilience to withstand the impact of falling glasses and bottles, as well as the weight and movement of any pieces of equipment you use in the distillery.

Otherwise, you may end up with an uneven surface which could lead to problems with water pooling in certain parts of the room. What’s more, any residual damage resulting from these incidents may lead to bigger health and safety problems down the track, like more frequent slips and falls amongst your staff .

Cleanliness

A clean floor is a sign of a well-kept workplace, but in a distillery, it’s much more than that: it’s a matter of meeting health and safety rules. In order to keep your distillery floors clean and ensure that you’re always meeting health and safety standards, you’ll need to consider a few key traits.

Concrete porousness

Without effective coverage, naturally porous materials like concrete will absorb spillages, eventually leading to the growth of bacteria and microbes.

Resistance to other substances

For effective, long-lasting results, the solution you apply to protect your flooring should be resistant to chemicals, stains, and acid. If you’re unsure where to find a substance that meets this criteria, look for products with a food-safe label.

Protection

The nature of work in a distillery is such that your flooring will be constantly at risk of exposure to spillages, breakages, and high temperatures, among other risk factors. For this reason,
If you are using concrete for your floors, you will need a tough solution designed to protect the floors from the acid in spirits.

If you can satisfy all of these criteria when choosing your distillery floors, you’ll give yourself the peace of mind that you have made a future-proof selection. Ready to install distillery flooring with staying power? The team at Diamond Grind is here to help! Call us on XX or fill out the contact form on our website and we will be in touch.

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