As the owner of a kennel, your top priorities are cleanliness and safety for both pets and people. Whether you’re boarding or breeding, caring for dogs is a messy business. You’ll find innumerable tips and advice online for keeping your kennel clean, but a healthy kennel always starts with a strong foundation: the facility itself. Your flooring must be designed to mitigate safety risks and prevent the spread of disease and bacteria.

For a healthy, safe, and clean kennel, consider Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus floor coating. Here are four reasons this concrete coating is ideal for your kennel.

Limit Exposure to VOCs

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are harmful emissions that evaporate into the air, posing a number of health risks for humans and animals alike. They are found in many household items like cleaning products, air fresheners, pesticides, and adhesives, and are also present in various types of flooring and furnishings in both residential and commercial buildings.

In dogs, VOCs are known to cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; nausea; dizziness; fatigue; and skin reactions. Sadly, in severe cases, exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds can lead to cancer and organ damage.

That is why it is so important that your kennel flooring does not contain high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds. Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus floor coating has very low VOC levels, making it a safer option than vinyl or laminate for your kennel’s dogs.

Protect Against Microbes, Bacteria, and Pathogens

Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus is a silver ion antimicrobial concrete floor coating. This silver ion technology has proven to prevent the growth of microorganisms by creating a protective layer against microbes, pathogens, bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus.

These dangers, particularly mold and mildew, thrive in damp environments. And like VOCs, airborne mold and mildew spores are harmful to human and animal health. In dogs, exposure can result in sneezing, discharge from the eyes, labored breathing, itching, skin irritation, lethargy, and ear infections.

Provide a Non-Slip Surface

Installing a non-slip floor coating on your concrete kennel floors is essential to both your dogs’ safety and the safety of your employees and visitors. Did you know that 85% of worker’s compensation claims can be attributed to employees slipping and falling on slick floors?

Your kennel is inevitably going to get messy; that’s simply the nature of working with animals. But you can keep your workers and animals safe with Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus floor coating, which meets FDA/CFSAN U.S. Food Code physical facilities criteria. Spartacote’s traction reduces the risk of safety hazards and decreases the time required to clean the floors properly.

Clean with Ease

That brings us to the final benefit we’ll be talking about today. You need concrete flooring that is quick and easy to clean in order to keep the dogs, employees, and guests safe and in good health. The fact is dogs confined in an enclosure are likely to spend ample time with their feet in contact with waste. Prolonged exposure to waste can cause severe foot health problems, so you need to be able to remove urine and feces properly. A porous kennel floor will become saturated, making this task nearly impossible. Spartacote is nonporous and impermeable, making it quick and easy to clean as contaminants remain on the surface.

How to clean and maintain Spartacote floor coating: Dirt can act as an abrasive that will eventually wear down the finish, particularly in high-traffic areas, so proper maintenance should be performed on a regular basis. You can use a rayon mop, soft-bristled brush, and foam squeegee, as well as a PH-neutral cleaner such as Simple Green (diluted with water) to keep your floor clean and undamaged.

Ultimately Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus is a highly durable, low-maintenance, non-slip floor coating that prevents the growth and spread of bacteria and disease. When you install the right flooring, you can rest assured that your employees, pups, and visitors will be safer and healthier in your facility.