Epoxy flooring is a material that is durable, tough, and resilient used in high traffic areas such as kitchen, garage, basements, warehouses, walkways, and hallways. Due to its durability, this type of material has been a popular option for spaces with heavy equipment and machinery. Even when the flooring is exposed to continuous impacts and abrasions, it will still maintain a high luster look. One of the benefits of epoxy flooring is that it is easy to clean and maintain, but there is a right way of doing so. Here are some helpful tips in maintaining your epoxy floors:
How to maintain your epoxy flooring?
Epoxy floors require minimal cleaning and maintenance to keep it functional at the same time pleasing. However, to makes it lasts for many years, there are several care tips and best practices you need to follow.
Keep the flooring dirt free
In areas where machinery and equipment are being moved from one place to another, there’s a huge possibility that grit and dirt will build-up or scratch the surface. It is important to have a periodic cleaning where any sand or dirt is being removed to prevent damages from occurring. Though epoxy floors are a tough material, they can wear out over time, especially if the dirt and grit are not being removed regularly.
To properly remove dirt and grit, you can make use of a vacuum that has a soft brush attached to it. This will make it easier to remove dirt regularly. While getting rid of the dirt, be cautious when moving heavy machinery across the surface to ensure a dirt-free epoxy floor.
Do not use soap-based cleaning agents
Soap-based cleaning agents leave cloudiness on the surface, which builds up after some time. Since epoxy floors have a shiny finish, it actually does not need soaps for cleaning. Making use of warm water with a mop or a brush would be enough, but if the spill is tough to make use of a mild kind of soap.
Do some spot cleaning
There are times where a small area of the floor has liquid spills and dirt. You can either sweep or vacuum up the area then after that mop the floor using warm water. Epoxy floors are resistant to water making the surface easy to clean whenever a liquid spills on the surface.
How to clean heavily soiled, stains, and oil spills?
If your floor is heavily soiled or too dirty, it is best to do the following steps: Remove some items on the floor area, then sweep and vacuum the surface to remove the dirt, grit grime. Afterwhich, wipe the surface with a hard foam mop soaked in warm water to get rid of dirt build-up. For the second mopping, make use of 1-gallon warm water mixed with 2-3 ounces of ammonia to clean the entire surface completely.
One of the hardest stains to remove is rust. To get rid of this kind of stain, you need to use a soft deck brush or a kitchen scrubbing sponge with warm water and lightly scrub it on the rust stain. Avoid making use of harsh cleaning agents like comet. It is too abrasive for epoxy floors. It is also not advisable to use a product with acid or citrus because it will cause a chemical change to the surface.
Oil spills or chemical spills from vehicles can be easily cleaned using paper or shop towels. The most important thing to remember about car spills is not allowing it to sit on the surface for an extended period. If you noticed any oil or chemical spills, make sure to wipe them immediately to prevent surface damage.