Appearances are all-important in the hospitality industry. Customers prefer to patronize clean, well-maintained lodgings and restaurants. A sparkling, immaculate atmosphere keeps potential customers from passing you by. Updating your business with fresh paint can keep it from looking rundown and give it an appealing look.
However, hotel and restaurant painting can be challenging, logistically: from planning the project for minimal downtime to ensuring the safety of customers and staff during the project. Hiring experienced commercial painting contractors will eliminate these maintenance headaches.
Painting any commercial building is different from painting a home. Hospitality businesses, in particular, must adhere to certain safety protocols and take extra steps not to place patrons at risk of illness or injury during and after the project. To help your project go smoothly, keep the following tips in mind.
When painting hospitality businesses, painters must follow specific safety procedures and protocols and abide by state and local codes. Restaurant painting has a long list of requirements, such as removing all food from the kitchen and covering all equipment.
To make sure your business complies with local and industry regulations:
· Choose commercial painting contractors with experience on similar projects
· Check their references
· Make sure they have the skills and knowledge to do the job correctly
· Choose a contractor with insurance to protect your business if something goes wrong
Choosing a paint color is only the first step in a restaurant repainting project. Using the right type of paint is also critical. For example, painting contractors should use no- or low-VOC paints to prevent the “fresh paint” smell in guest rooms, dining rooms, and other public areas that can irritate sensitive guests.
Choosing the right paint products also helps ensure that fresh paint can withstand regular cleaning, exposure to moisture, and heavy traffic (and abuse) from guests. Professional application of durable paint also means you’ll need to schedule repainting less frequently.
Schedule restaurant painting outside of business hours to reduce disruptions. To ensure the paint gets dry and the odors dissipate, you may need to close for an extra day or two. However, it’s better to allow extra time than cover the expense of an injured patron.
Painting your business in sections, and blocking off areas while the work is in progress, can also protect your guests and employees. Patrons should never have to navigate around the painters and their equipment, so clear signage and alternate routes are a must. Only reopen the freshly painted areas after removing the equipment and allowing the paint to dry.
When you want a commercial painting contractor that puts customer safety first, call our team at Matthews Painting Company. We’re an insured local painting company with more than 22 years of experience and a dedication to providing superior quality interior and exterior commercial painting services. To request a free estimate and learn more about our commitment to quality and safety, call us at (574) 834-3575.