Epoxy floors are among the hardest and most resilient floors on the market today. Epoxy resin is used everywhere, from garages and cellars to warehouses and factories.
These long-lasting floor systems can withstand strong impacts, rough abrasion and large amounts of foot and vehicle traffic. Once you’ve installed an epoxy floor, the question is:
“How do you maintain an epoxy floor?”
Read on, we give you 6 simple tips for maintaining an epoxy floor.
1. Keep the surface dirt and dirt free
If dirt and debris remain on your epoxy floor, they can embed or scratch the surface of your floor, especially if your room is exposed to vehicles and heavy equipment. You should sweep or wipe dust Epoxy floor regularly to remove sand, dirt or grit.
Although these floors are robust, they can be damaged by continuous scratches over time. If you routinely sweep away these debris, your floor will remain beautiful for years to come.
2. Avoid soap-based cleaners
Using soap-based cleaners on your epoxy floor can leave a haze that builds up over time. Acidic or citrus-based cleaners should also be avoided as they can leave residues that can make your floor slippery.
As long as your epoxy resin is not excessively dirty, it is sufficient for routine maintenance to use only warm water and a damp mop.
3. Spot Clean if needed
There is no need to wipe the entire floor if someone finds mud or if something is spilled. Vacuum or sweep up solid residues on the floor and wipe up any dirt that may appear.
Spot cleaning is a reliable method to keep your epoxy floor clean without unnecessary over-cleaning. Not to mention that epoxy is remarkably water-resistant, so cleaning spilled material should take minimal work.
4. What to do if epoxy becomes heavily soiled?
Let’s face it, your epoxy floor is likely to get dirty at some point. In this case, cleaning it up doesn’t have to be a challenge. Move all objects off the floor that could stand in the way of cleaning. Sweep or wipe the entire floor to remove loose dirt or debris.
After sweeping, wipe the floor with warm water to remove adhering dirt. Lastly, you can mix two to three ounces of ammonia per gallon of hot water for a second wipe to make the floor squeaky clean.
5. How to remove stains
Although epoxy floors are resistant to many types of stains, stains can appear. If a spill goes undetected or rusting metal remains on the floor for a long time, a stain can form.
A scrubbing sponge or a brush with soft bristles in combination with a mild cleaner such as soft scrub can leave many stains on your floor. Avoid using steel wool or harsh chemicals like Comet as they are too abrasive. As mentioned above, avoid citrus cleaners or acid cleaners that can damage the surface of the epoxy floor.
6. Clean chemicals immediately
We understand that accidents happen. If chemicals such as gas, oil, antifreeze, paint or other abrasive liquids get on the floor, they should be cleaned immediately.
Strong chemicals that are allowed to sit on your epoxy resin will degrade over time. Spilled material must be wiped off immediately with the towels or paper towels. If the chemical is irritating to the skin, be sure to wear suitable PPE such as gloves.
Now you know some tips on how to maintain your epoxy floor easily and quickly. Keep dirt and grime away from the floor, avoid soap-based cleaners, clean them on site, and clean chemicals immediately. Excessively dirty floors can be wiped clean with a water / ammonia mixture, and most stains can be easily removed with a brush with soft bristles and a mild detergent.
If an epoxy floor is properly cared for and maintained, it can last for over 25 years! Follow these quick and easy tips, and your epoxy flooring system will do the same.