How to Clean Epoxy Floors
Before getting an epoxy floor for your facility, it is important to understand proper care needed to maintain it. Depending on the level of traffic and usage, most floors will require the occasional touch-up or recoat.
However, appropriate care and upkeep will ensure your polymer flooring will last a long time. A simple, quick routine of easy maintenance can keep your floor looking brand new for years, saving you time and money in the long run.
Cleaning Your Epoxy Flooring System
Regular cleaning to remove dust and debris will greatly reduce the degradation of your floor endures over time and prevent safety hazards. You should sweep at least daily, using a soft-bristled broom or mechanized sweeper, and mop weekly.
This is especially important if you have a textured floor as the surface will collect dirt and contaminate more quickly in its nooks and crannies.
One way to avoid this, for textured floors, is using synthetic mops as they tend to work better than cotton mops. If you find that your floor is dull, or that a film develops on top, you may want to use a different cleaning agent.
Cleaning Agents For Your Epoxy Floor
You should not use cleaning agents at a concentration higher than recommended by the manufacturer of the floor cleaning material. Avoid cleaners with acids, such as vinegar or citrus-based solutions, and soap-based solutions.
For larger facilities with significant hygienic or safety concerns, you may want to hose down the floor using hot water and steam in addition to utilizing a sanitizing chemical.
A floor properly pitched to a drain should not puddle, but if you do not have a drain, you will want to squeegee excess water as it can be a major safety concern.
Make sure you spend more time cleaning high traffic areas as they will accumulate more foreign substances that over time can be abrasive.
How To Avoid Scratching & Gouging Your Epoxy Floor
Epoxy floors are some of the hardest and most durable industrial floors on the market. That being said, they can still scratch, cut, or gouge if enough force is applied. This is why it is imperative you place padding beneath any objects that are supporting a heavy weight on the epoxy coating.
This will ensure that your epoxy does not get cracked or scratched as easily. The most common way an epoxy floor is damaged is from heavy equipment being slid across the surface, a heavy load being dropped, or a pointed weight load being dragged (i.e. nails).
If this occurs, contact the resinous flooring expert who installed your floor to repair the damage. Remember, most installations come with a warranty of anywhere from one to five years.
How To Clean Up Spills & Stains on Your Epoxy Floor
Any spills that occur should be cleaned immediately. Although the epoxy floors are made to withstand most spills, it is important to remember that the chemical concentration, chemical combinations, temperature, and duration of time that an epoxy floor is exposed to harmful chemical substances may affect the overall appearance and performance when a spill is not dealt with right away.
If you expect your floor to be exposed to corrosive chemicals on a routine basis, you should consult with your resinous flooring installer to try and select an epoxy that has the right chemical resistance.
What To Ask Your Resinous Flooring Expert
You should also ask your resinous flooring expert for best practices to remove substances commonly used in your facility. Some of these common best practices include:
Removing grease typically by using tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or other commonly available biodegradable cleaners.
Cleaning any dairy products that touch the floor immediately as they may cause staining on some types of seamless flooring and seamless floor coating systems.
Rinsing strong chemicals as quickly as possible that come in contact with the surface. Chemicals allowed to dry on the surface typically become more concentrated as they dry. That may cause the chemical to get concentrated enough to stain or even attack the seamless floor or seamless floor coating.
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While most epoxy and other resinous flooring is stain resistant, your floor can still stain depending on the nature of the liquid. It is a good idea to treat the stain as soon as possible to prevent “setting”.
When you are trying to remove stubborn dirt or stains, allow the biodegradable cleaner to set in the affected area for a little while longer to do the work for you.
After allowing your cleaner to set, completely rinse the area to remove the cleaner as well as the dirt.
These simple care tips can not only help you maintain the glossy appearance and resilience of your resinous flooring system, but it will also save you money for years to come.
Even with routine and frequent cleaning and maintenance your epoxy floor will still, eventually, have to be replaced. To learn how to know when your floor needs to be replaced check out my blog "When to replace epoxy floor."