The current public health crisis has highlighted the need for businesses of all types to implement practices that protect their customers. The restaurant industry was hit especially hard amidst the global pandemic and the need to instill confidence in the cleanliness and healthy environment of your establishment is critical. Antimicrobial coating technology gives surfaces in restaurants an extra layer of defense against accumulation of harmful pathogens and the spread of disease.
Antimicrobial Coatings Protect Food Preparation and Shared Surfaces
Restaurants have many surfaces that are touched by numerous people on a continual basis such as dining tables, bars, waiting areas, check out kiosks, restroom facilities, handrails and more. Most restaurants have implemented increased manual cleaning practices to elevate the safety level of shared surfaces and provide greater peace of mind for customers.
Disinfecting shared surfaces between uses is absolutely necessary, although bacteria is increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotic treatment and some bacteria can even live in cold temperatures. Odor causing bacteria can accumulate in hard to reach places creating an unpleasant environment for staff and customers alike. Mold spores and mildew are common in cool damp places such as walk-in freezers and commercial refrigerators.
Many restaurants have been forced to change with the times and implement new technologies such as online ordering, drive-through pickup or delivery systems, or provide social distanced seating arrangements. Another thing that many restaurant owners have been implementing is antimicrobial coating technology to further protect their business and their patrons from infection caused by harmful microorganisms living on surfaces.
How Does Antimicrobial Technology for Restaurants Work?
Many products are now manufactured with prepainted metal, rolled sheets of metal with surface coatings applied in a coil coating application. This includes building and construction panels and appliances such as commercial kitchen refrigerators and walk-in freezers, food preparation areas, dining tables and more. Antimicrobial coating technology is more encompassing than strictly antibacterial treatment and includes protection against additional harmful microbes beyond bacteria.
Antimicrobial technology enhances the surface to inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms, which mitigates spread of disease and protects surfaces at the same time. This technology is extremely helpful when incorporated with manual cleaning practices to keep surfaces clean and free from disease causing germs. Antimicrobial coatings are at work 24/7, in hard-to-reach places, providing constant surface protection against odor causing microbes, bacterial degradation, bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew.
Restaurants are realizing the many benefits of antimicrobial coatings on commercial kitchen appliances as well as shared surfaces to improve safety and consumer confidence.
The Many Benefits of Antimicrobial Technology for Restaurants
Antimicrobial coating technology utilized in restaurants prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, and harmful pathogens on surfaces to provide many benefits. Some of the most important benefits achieved when incorporating antimicrobial technology in your restaurant include:
- Improving the effectiveness of standard disinfection practices
- Diminishing the survivability of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi to limit the possibility of transmission on surfaces
- Creating a lasting, durable bond on surfaces that provides added protection in between standard cleaning procedures
- Enhancing surface durability to be more resilient to dirt buildup over time
- Prevents the growth of mold and bacteria while providing fingerprint resistant surfaces that protect surface coatings for longer-lasting color and surface quality
- Preventing mold, mildew and bacteria build up helps restaurants pass food safety inspections
Antimicrobial coatings in restaurants can help fast-track food eateries to maintain a cleaner and safer environment, instill customer confidence, and protect their business.
UNICHEM Offers Antimicrobial Coating Technology
Universal Chemicals & Coatings, Inc., UNICHEM, is a leading custom chemicals and coatings manufacturer with more than 50 years of experience. Our antimicrobial coating technology, uniCLER, can be incorporated into various coatings and paints to protect against microbe buildup, transmission and surface degradation. Antimicrobial coating technology does not protect food preparation areas against foodborne diseases and all standard cleaning practices should still be utilized.
UNICHEM is a market leader in specialty coatings, adhesives, and paints, offering uniCLER antimicrobial coating technology that can be incorporated into various surface coatings. We partner with our customers and provide an integrated approach to improving your products and processes with cost-efficient solutions built on a robust foundation of science and research. Contact us to learn more about improving your restaurant with antimicrobial coatings.