With proper technique and maintenance, cleaning your epoxy floor can keep it looking new for many years. 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. Proper cleaning procedures performed on a regular basis will substantially reduce the dulling and help your epoxy floor last longer.
Selecting The Right Epoxy Floor Cleaner
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.
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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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 epoxy 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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