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What Is Floor Cove?

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Sealwell Industrial Floor Experts

There are various types of cove base categories based on the floors product you’re using and if the area is commercial/industrial. It’s necessary to get the best cove installed for your specific environment.

Floor Coving Basics

A cove is typically a radius in the corner of a wall or 45 degrees cannot prevent easy accumulation of dirt/debris in the corner of the wall. Cove bases can prevent water from passing under walls and also contain chemicals inside the coved region in areas. Coves make cleaning processes easier and prevent bacteria, soil, and insects. Coves may be efficient in shielding walls by equipment and carts out of impact damage by carts and equipment’s.

  • A cove base is frequently required by government legislation in certain environments such as food and pharmaceuticals. Lastly, a golf course is a design element that gives a room an attractive, finished look.
  • In some spaces, like food processing or pharmaceutical environment, pre-cast wall curbs will offer increased protection, beyond that of a cove base.

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Where is Floor Coving Required?

For purposes of both safety and cleavability, flooring coving should be installed in commercial kitchens, baths, food and beverage processing environment, industrial and commercial wet environments, and all spaces where standards are required. It’s crucial that appropriate installation is achieved, producing a suitable radius at the base. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) must be followed in a clean area and critical area applications.

What is an Integral Cove Base?

There are several types of floor coving based on the material being used, but when referring to seamless flooring, (such as epoxy, urethane, or methyl methacrylate), an integral cove base, sometimes referred to as a sanitary cove base, is seamless from the floor up. With a full base, the cove and floors are combined, as opposed to having a bay applied to the top of the flooring material. Integral cove bases are sanitary because there are no seams or joints for bacteria or dirt to become trapped. A flooring system with an integral cove base installed at an appropriate radius at its base is crucial to cleanness and hygiene in the area. Integral, mortar cove bases are installed at a height of four inches. 2 or six inches coves may be appropriate depending upon the region.

What is the Process of Installing a Mortar Cove Base?

Installing an integral cove base varies from a flooring system to a flooring system, however, the process the professional installer will follow for installing a mortar based cove to your industrial or commercial center is as follows.

  • The wall surface must be dry and clean with a company backing. There should be a move or openings in the base where the wall substrate meets the flooring.
  • Hang the cove strip at the desired height of coving.
  • Prime the vertical part of the wall and part of the Floor.
  • Mix the Mortar
  • Hock the mortar rises to the wall using a flat trowel and leaves some material at the base to form the radius.
  • Utilize a cove trowel into trowel and compact the material and forms the radius.
  • Permit to cure.
  • Coat with proper sealers or coatings.

How Do You Clean Integral Floor Coves?

Integral floor coves are cleaned at the same time the floor is being cleaned, using rags/wipes or a mop for the cove base especially. The very same cleaners used on the floor may be employed on the coves.

Are Mortar Cove Bases the Best Sanitary Protection for My Facility?

Integral mortar cove bases provide excellent sanitary protection for facilities as they are seamless from the ground up. Some centers such as food processing may benefit from going a step beyond this. Because these facilities are at risk of shutdowns and recall due to contamination and high-pressure washdowns, along with other abusive day-to-day operations, these businesses are turning to prefabricated, polymer-composite curbs. These curbs are superior to conventional concrete curbs and extend protection.

Sealwell Industrial Floor Experts has been manufacturing and installing floor systems for almost a century. We now have HACCP International certification in six-floor products used within the food & beverage market. We’re dedicated to provide sanitary and safe products for industry, and in doing so, have partnered with Blucher drains and PolySto wall curbs to provide a Total Hygienic Solution.