Machine WashWorx is a new venue in Ballito that provides petrol heads with a relaxing space in which to enjoy a quality cup of coffee while waiting for their vehicles to be washed and detailed to the most exacting standard of car cleanliness. The unique car wash and leisure experience was designed from the ground up by its owner, and Flowcrete South Africa supplied the vibrant floor for the facility.
Machine WashWorx 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.
The flooring solution for Machine WashWorx had to match the company’s distinctive, energetic branding, while being able to withstand the water, cleaning chemicals, foot traffic, automotive oils, impacts and other challenges inherent to a car washing facility.
Fun, yet challenging environment
Getting Machine WashWorx’s floor just right presented Flowcrete with a fun and challenging project, says Craig Blitenthall, Vice President of Flowcrete South Africa.
“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,” says Craig.
The car wash and parking areas received 800m² of the flexible and solvent free polyurethane coating system Deckshield ID in a vivid yellow and urban light grey that exactly matched the brand’s corporate colours. Thanks to the custom colouring, the floor matches the walls and other key elements of the carefully considered, industrial-style interior design scheme.
Tackling slip resistance
Extra slip resistance was added to the wash bay’s ramps to ensure that the site is safe for staff and visitors. To enhance traction underfoot without creating an overly-rough effect, a suede additive was incorporated into the coating.
The adjacent coffee shop has tables made from heavy car engines and the floor had to withstand the weight of these tables as well as foot traffic. 120m² 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 the back of house area, 80m² of the hard-wearing and self-smoothing epoxy system, Flowshield SL, was used to provide a reliable floor for an extended period of time.
For more information, contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 701 0017 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.
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