Epoxy floors are tough, resilient, and very durable – as such they are favoured for many different applications, including but not limited to the likes of garage floors, factories, breweries, walkways, warehouses and car showrooms. Areas where heavy-duty equipment is being used, for example, machinery and vehicles, a durable epoxy surface for a fantastic choice for the floor surface. When heavy objects are always being moved around on the floor, the epoxy will maintain a very high shine. Epoxy floors are easy to maintain as long as you follow the important ground rules.
How to care for your epoxy resin flooring
Although epoxy resin flooring is low maintenance, you will get more bang for your buck if you care for them.
Keep surfaces dirt and grit-free.
If you’re moving machinery or vehicles on and off the floor, dirt and grit will embed or scratch an epoxy floor if allowed to remain, eroding the surface with abrasive action.
It’s a good idea if you regularly remove all sand and dirt on a regular basis because even though the epoxy floors are resilient they can start to show the damage from multiple scratches over time. Best way to do that is a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, how often you vacuum depends greatly on how much dirt and grit are traced onto the floor. When it comes time to mobilise heavier pieces of equipment, take extra care to ensure the floor’s surface is grit and sand-free.
Avoid soap-based cleaners.
Cleaners containing soap leave a kind of haze on epoxy resin flooring that builds up over time. This is not what you want on your lovely clear epoxy resin flooring! Epoxy floors do not need soak – warm water along with a good bop or deck scrubbing brush will do absolutely fine. If you do need to deal with an emergency situation – the scrubbing power of a soft soap might be able to aid you with those tougher spills.
Often you just need to deal with a small area of the floor, where something has been spilt or tracked in. The liquid that is spilt might need to be vacuumed up along with any dirt or grime with a shop vac, and then you can go on to clean the area with a and warm water. Epoxy floors are waterproof and are really easy to clean when there is a liquid spill. It’s for this reason they are so popular.
Heavily soiled epoxy floors
When there’s been a major spillage or mess made, the procedure should be as follows – sweep and vacuum the entire area carefully. Remember to move all items in the way to get to the floor. Once you’ve removed all the surface grit, dirt, sand and dust, you a hard foam mop and warm water to get rid of built-up dirt. Following on from that, you can use a clear ammonia/water mix (2-3 ounces of ammonia per gallon of hot water) for the second go.
Some of these stains for example rust, need to be scrubbed very lightly with a scrubbing sponge that you would use in the kitchen on your dishes. Avoid using things like steel wool or particularly harsh chemicals – they are simply way too abrasive and will damage the floor. Don’t ever use any cleaning compounds with citrus or acid in them – citrus cleaners and vinegar will break down the epoxy catalyst and should be stayed away from at all cost!!!
Oil, Car chemicals or other chemicals
Anti-freeze, oil, or other car-related chemicals should be cleaned with paper towels and promptly disposed of responsibly. The most important thing about car spills is to not allow them to sit on the floor surface for too long. Even engine oil has chemicals that could be extremely hazardous to an epoxy floor. Clean up the spilt gas immediately – otherwise, it will damage the surface for too long a period of time. Paint, household cleaners and other abrasive liquids need to be cleaned up immediately. In order to clean – just wipe them up with shop towels as soon as the spill occurs.
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