Dairy Flooring

Hygiene, safety and longevity are amongst some of the most important considerations when selecting a new food grade floor surface for a dairy. With 40 years experience of working for all types of food processing companies, Kemtile has the necessary experience to advise both small and large dairies on the best flooring solution to suit their specific environments.

A one-stop shop for dairy flooring

Kemtile can provide a one-stop shop for floors, drains and walls as well as any associated building works such as underground drainage connections and new structural concrete floors. All installations in the main are carried out by Kemtile’s own trained personnel, including site supervision, with particular attention to all current health and safety compliance.

Ceramic tiles and seamless polyurethane floors

Kemtile specialises in the installation of its own unique KAGETEC vibration ceramic tiled flooring system, and UCRETE heavy duty seamless polyurethane resin floors from BASF. Because Kemtile is one of the few companies that can install both of these high-performance flooring systems, the company is well placed to advise dairy customers on the right flooring to meet their needs. This can result in combining the two systems, tiles and resin, to meet specific performance and cost requirements.

Stainless steel drainage

Both ceramic tiles and polyurethane finishes can be complemented by the installation of stainless steel drainage from Wiedemann-Technik, a leading supplier to the food industry for over 50 years. Kemtile is the sole UK agent for these top quality drainage systems, which are often imitated but never matched.

Key considerations for a dairy floor

All dairy process floors must be hygienic, easy to clean and impervious.

As some ingredients and cleaning chemicals used in dairies can attack concrete all hygienic floor surfaces must provide this important level of protection to avoid potential costly remedial works.

Floors must be split-resistant and chemical-resistant

Dairy floors are subject to all types of spillages, be it water, milk, brine, whey or other by-products and caustic cleaning solutions. Consequently, floors must be slip resistant and chemical resistant.

Dairy floors must also be able to withstand thermal shock

Dairy floors routinely suffer thermal shock, from hot water discharge from process vessels and equipment, and from daily cleaning.

A dairy floor must have adequate drainage

Dairy floors suffer frequent spillages and it is important that these spillages can be quickly and hygienically remove.

All drainage should be stainless steel

From a hygiene perspective, stainless steel is unbeatable. It also offers cleanability and chemical resistance. If stainless steel channels are used in the dairy, they must be fully welded.

The most important asset of a dairy is the concrete floor

All the above offer the best practise in terms of protecting the most important asset of the dairy, the concrete floor. If a concrete floor is not adequately protected, expensive and time-consuming remedial works could result.

The Barber family has committed to making the finest farmhouse cheddar for nearly two centuries and to do so we need to best facilities and ingredients. With such strong credentials in the dairy sector, Kemtile was an obvious choice of hygienic flooring partner for the expansion of our production facility.

Julian Ing

Head of Engineering, AJ & RG Barber Ltd

Tomlinson Dairies employed the services of Kemtile because they were North West based and we believe in trying to give something back and employing local trades whenever we can. They were very competitive, plus we had visited a number of companies that had used Kemtile in the past and they all gave a glowing reference. We are very happy with the work carried out. They were prompt, efficient and completed the work on time and within budget.

Philip Tomlinson

Managing Director, Tomlinson Dairies