Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor

Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor

With some easy care and maintenance, you can keep your epoxy floor looking new for many years. One of the main advantages of polymer floors is just how low maintenance and easy to clean they are. Concrete floors may be coated with epoxies for any number of reasons. There are many different reasons people choose to install an epoxy floor.  It may be because of how tough, durable, and chemical resistant they are, because of aesthetic reasons, or because they provide a safe walking surface. No matter why a polymer floor was chosen, they are an investment and with the proper care procedures and maintenance the useful service life of the floor can be measurably extended.

Even though seamless floors are extremely tough and durable they can scratch, be stained, or lose gloss if exposed to conditions and usage exceeding those anticipated in the initial design. Consequently, both good operating practices and proper housekeeping routines are a must.

 

Benefits of Epoxy Flooring

There are many benefits to having an epoxy floor in your home or business. Because of the many different types of systems available there is an epoxy flooring to fit almost every need. Epoxy flooring systems provide a seamless moisture-proof barrier for your concrete. They can be extremely tough and resistant to abrasion and impact for heavy wear areas. 

 

Decorative flake and metallic epoxy systems provide a great looking aesthetically pleasing yet durable floors. They can provide chemical resistance to a wide variety of acids and solvents. No matter why you choose this type of floor, cleaning your epoxy floors is easy and will keep them looking great for many years to come. 

 

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How to Clean Epoxy Floors

Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor

Keep the surface dirt and grit-free

Newly installed seamless epoxy polymer floors have a glossy shine look that most often is the look that owners desire to maintain. All polymer floors are subject to scratching from dust, dirt, sand and debris. 

 

The kind of debris combined with the type of traffic the floor is exposed to will determine the extent of the scratches that can dull the look of the epoxy floor. Good cleaning procedures performed on a regular basis will substantially reduce the dulling and extend the useful service life of the floor.

 

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Use the right epoxy floor cleaners

For general cleaning, we recommend 1105 ArmorClean or use neutral ph cleaners, disinfectant cleaners, general-purpose cleaners or non-butyl degreasers. Some soap based cleaners can leave a haze and dull the appearance of an epoxy floor. To determine how the cleaner will perform, first test the cleaner in a small area utilizing your cleaning technique. If the cleaner or technique dulls or modifies the coating, change the cleaning material and/or the procedure. Try varying dilution ratios before establishing a regular cleaning program.

Spot cleaning

 

Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor

All floors should be swept, dust mopped or wet mopped daily to remove dirt and debris on a regular basis. Spot clean heavily soiled areas by hand using a soft bristle broom, deck broom or floor scrubber with a green pad and Thermal-Chem’s 1105 ArmorClean Product.

 

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Stains

Some minor stains can be lightly scrubbed out using a standard kitchen scrubbing sponge or a soft brush and warm water. Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents like steel wool or a Comet type cleaner as they will scratch and dull the surface. Harsh cleaning chemicals, or cleaning compounds with citrus or acid in them should be avoided as well. Citrus and vinegar type cleaners can sometimes hurt polymer floors.

Oil and chemicals

Any fluids leaking from vehicles like antifreeze, oil, gas, etc, should be cleaned up quickly using rags or paper towels and disposed of properly.  The most important thing you can do is to limit the amount of time these liquids are in contact with your epoxy floor to reduce the chance of staining or damaging the epoxy floor. 

 

This practice should also extend to other household chemicals, paints, cleaners, fertilizer, etc. Good housekeeping practices and cleaning up spills in a timely manner can increase the life span of your epoxy floor coating.

 

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Conclusion

Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor

Once again seamless epoxy floors are a great choice for protecting your concrete. Simple regular maintenance and cleaning of your epoxy coating will greatly extend the life of your investment and keep it looking great for many years to come. For more detailed information, please see our “Cleaning Guide”.

 

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