Here is the essential guide to maintenance of epoxy flooring to keep them looking great
Epoxy flooring is known for its ease of cleaning and durability. However, with special care and maintenance, you can further extend the life of your epoxy flooring regardless of where it is installed. So whether it’s a garage floor, high-traffic hallway, or living area, follow this guide to cleaning and maintaining your epoxy flooring.
Always Keep Your Floor Free of dirt.
- Dirt and grit, when left uncleaned, can accumulate on the epoxy flooring and leave scratch marks on the surface. Use a soft mop or a vacuum with a brush attachment to thoroughly clean sand and loose dirt from the epoxy floor. Depending on the amount of dirt and traffic, the cleaning can be done once or twice a week.
Sometimes an anti-slip substance such as aluminum oxide is added during the installation of an epoxy floor. For such floors, it is better to use a soft bristle push broom instead of a dust mop for more effective cleaning. Although epoxy floor coating is tough and resilient to abrasion, prolonged exposure to grime and grit can damage it with time. Therefore, taking extra measures can help extend the life of your epoxy floor.
Immediately Clean The Spills
- The water-resistant property of epoxy flooring makes it convenient to clean the liquid spills off its surface. Immediately clean the spot when you have spills or dirt on your floor.
First, mop the area with a dry mop and vacuum to eliminate the dirt. Next, wipe the area with a wet mop soaked in warm water. Alternatively, a soft scrub pad can also be used if the area is small. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as this can de-gloss the epoxy’s surface.
Prevent Contact With Harsh Chemicals
- Chemical spills can damage the surface of an epoxy floor. For instance, engine oil contains certain chemicals that can erode the epoxy coating. Therefore, avoiding direct contact with these chemicals on your epoxy floor is essential. However, if a chemical has leaked onto your epoxy floor, wipe it off as soon as possible. Harsh substances that can damage your epoxy coating include antifreeze, gas spills, abrasive liquids, chemical-based household cleaners, etc.
If the spill is sticky, use a gentle commercial solution for cleaning. Clean your epoxy floor immediately when it comes in contact with a chemical. In addition, use a neutralizing agent first to neutralize the chemical. Then, clean it with warm water and regular cleaner. The chemicals can discolor the surface and reduce the performance of the epoxy floor when left uncleaned.
Use Ammonia Solution To Remove Stains
- Mix half a cup of ammonia in a gallon of hot water to make a safe cleaning solution for your epoxy floor. Use this solution to scrub the stain till it is gone. Then, rinse with water and dry with a towel. It’s common to have tire marks on your garage floors. But getting them off is not a problem if you know what to do.
Remove The Tire Marks With A Degreasing Agent
- Tire marks are common to have on garage floors. However, removing them can be tedious, especially if you don’t use the correct method. The best thing to do is clean the floor immediately when tire marks are made. If tire marks stay longer on the floor, it becomes difficult to clean them. Use a degreasing product to saturate the area and leave it for 10 minutes.
Then, use a stiff, bristle nylon brush to scrub the marks off your floor. You may need to repeat the process several times to remove the stains. Once you are done, rinse the area with warm water and dry it with a towel.
Transform an old-fashioned area into a new and unique space with epoxy flooring. If you are interested in installing an epoxy floor in your house, contact us at 877-727-2259. Crack-X is a civil structures repair company operating in Maine and New Hampshire.