Luxury Car Wash “Floors it” with Flowcrete
A unique car washing and leisure experience in Ballito has installed a bright and vibrant floor from Flowcrete that matches the site’s energy and attention to detail.
Designed from the ground up by its owner, Machine WashWorx is a new venue that provides petrol heads with a relaxing space in which to enjoy a quality cup of coffee while waiting for their vehicle to be washed and detailed to the most exacting standard of car cleanliness.
Flowcrete was tasked with providing a number of flooring solutions that would convey Machine WashWorx’s distinctive branding while being able to withstand the water, cleaning chemicals, foot traffic, automotive oils, impacts and other challenges inherent to a car washing facility.
Craig Blitenthall, Vice President of Flowcrete South Africa, said: “Getting Machine WashWorx’s floor just right presented us with a fun and challenging project. The bespoke, high-end environment that the client wanted to create called for floors that would convey their image while simultaneously supporting the site’s demanding car cleaning activity.
“Our resin flooring collection was perfect for this task, as each system has been made with the dual principles of design and durability at its core. This meant that Machine WashWorx could rest assured that the finish underfoot would provide a safe, clean and colourful surface to impress their high-end clients.”
Machine WashWorx is no ordinary car wash, as its meticulousness sees cars roll through a custom cleaning area that not only includes a conveyor belt where the car is washed by hand but also specialist bays for vacuuming, polishing and even buffing the engine!
800 m2 of the flexible and solvent free polyurethane coating system Deckshield ID was applied across the car wash and parking areas. Originally designed to provide long lasting surfaces in large, multi-storey car parks, this was the ideal solution to cope with the onsite conditions.
The Deckshield ID was manufactured in a vivid yellow and urban light grey that exactly matched Machine WashWorx’s corporate colours. This ensured that the floor mirrored the wall coatings and other key elements of the carefully considered, industrial-style interior design scheme.
To make sure that the site is safe for staff and visitors, extra slip resistance was added to the wash bay’s ramps. Suede additive, a fine sand-like powder, was incorporated into the coating to enhance traction underfoot without creating an overly-rough effect.
In the adjacent coffee shop the floor also had to convey the same aesthetic while withstanding foot traffic and point loading from items such as heavy tables made from car engines. 120 m2 of the decorative epoxy coating Peran STB was installed to create a glossy, light grey floor area that would be both on-brand and easy to keep clean should any food or drink spill onto the floor.
In Machine WashWorx’s back of house storage area, 80 m2 of the hard wearing and self-smoothing epoxy system Flowshield SL was used to provide a reliable floor for an extended period of time.
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