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Ecodur 201: Commercial Bakery Floor Coating (Titus New Zealand)

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Whether it is a butcher, baker, frozen food storage facility, restaurant or cafeteria, food preparation surfaces, floors and equipment need to be not only kept as germ free as possible, they also need to be readily cleanable otherwise standards of cleanliness can suffer over time due to the onerous nature of the work combined with failing surfaces as often happens with floors.

One way of combatting this occurrence is to have easy to clean and maintain surfaces, and not just food preparation counter tops, but also floors which face heavy foot traffic from the outside world.

Ecodur has extensive experience in the food industry with coatings applied in pristine frozen food facilities as well as on floors subject to the heavy grease fall-out from institutional scale cafeterias

Problem

Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, which is the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park, is a thriving Central Otago summer and winter holiday destination featuring a popular commercial bakery.

The bakery has a floor area of 246 m/2 which includes the retail bakery store, staff cafeteria, male and female restrooms and connecting hallways. All of these areas had a previous industrial floor coating that was proving difficult to maintain in a clean condition.

Solution

Titus Waterproofing had tested the floor for adhesion as safety considerations for the personnel was paramount. It would be no solution if a floor could be kept clean but was then a dangerous slippery surface when being cleaned or had fluid spilled. Titus proposed Ecodur 201 M in a pseudo polished concrete appearance with a polyaspartic clear coat finish. Primarily this was done to encapsulate the broadcast glass beads to give an adequate non-slip surface.

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Ecodur is especially suitable for concrete as it has double the adhesion compared to most conventional epoxy coatings. It is also VOC-free, which was an important consideration for the client, as was it being completely non-toxic. This allowed normal human activity to continue in all but the most immediate application areas.

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Another important advantage of Ecodur is that it neither contains solvents, does not use them in application, and does not require them in clean up. When sprayed, the patent-pending spray head is cleaned with a simple tool.

Application Results

Titus had a four-man crew on site on a Thursday afternoon for two hours to mask around the skirting then from 8 am – 1 pm on Friday. Titus tinted all of the Ecodur prior to shipping to site then mixed it with a hand-held paddle mixer for three minutes and left it to stand for 30 minutes then remixed for a further three minutes whilst adding the part ‘B’.

The crew manually applied Ecodur with a 3mm triangular notched trowel. One man was mixing and three were trowelling on the Ecodur to a depth of between 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm. Ecodur has a natural affinity for self-levelling prior to its tack-free condition occurring within about 30 minutes. This was followed late on Saturday morning with stripping of the masking and the application of the clear coat finish.

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The client reported complete satisfaction with the end result and greatly appreciated the overall lack of interruption to normal business flow. Titus reported that they were pleased with the floor, its appearance and its ease of application.

Titus’ opinion in this case study is particularly noteworthy as they had only recently taken on Ecodur as an additional protective coating line because of its exceptional performance and the fact that it is a bio-inert veggie-plastic made of renewable castor oil and naturally occurring gypsum. This allows Titus to offer the greenest protective coating currently on the market today, a highly important consideration where clients are more and more demanding the best sustainable solutions.