Epoxy flooring is a versatile flooring option that works in homes, commercial areas, garages, and many other places. High traffic areas invest in this kind of flooring due to its easy maintenance.
The super-hard coating of epoxy makes the floor more durable and strong. In a nutshell, it’s easy to clean and lasts many years.
With a multitude of color and finish options to choose from, epoxy is one of the most popular flooring methods used today. However, it must be implemented by professionals to ensure the best result. If glossy, non-slip flooring is what you’re looking for, epoxy flooring is just what you need!
You can’t just use any kind of cleaner on such flooring, though. Acid solutions like lemon juice or vinegar will erode the top layer of the coating and make it look dull. Even strong alkaline cleaners like ammonia are damaging to the surface of epoxy floors. Luckily, epoxy flooring doesn’t require such harsh cleaners anyway.
Make sure you’re not using any rough bristle brushes on the floor either. It can cause scratches, which build up over time, and affect the shine and gloss of the epoxy coating.
Now that we’ve covered what you shouldn’t do, here’s a guide on how to clean epoxy flooring:
Sweep with a broom or microfiber mop
High foot traffic areas can collect a lot of dust and dirt each day. Other particles can also be brought into stores or factories by workers and visitors; these settle on the epoxy flooring. This dust and dirt can form a film over the epoxy coating and take away from its brilliant shine, making it look dull.
Bigger particles on the floor can also damage the surface of the coating by leaving behind scratches. This is especially true for metallic stands that are placed around a supermarket or a retail store. Scratches on the surface make the flooring look shabby and un-managed.
Epoxy flooring must be swept with a broom or microfiber cloth every day. Microfiber cloths attract and remove dust from the surface efficiently. The soft material is gentle on the flooring and buffs the floor as well.
Mopping the floor
Having the floor wet washed and mopped once a week is ideal for epoxy flooring. Dirt that builds up over the week or was left even after a dry mop can be removed with wet washing. Warm water and a microfiber mops can be used to clean the surface of the floors. Make sure you don’t use any detergent or cleaners. Warm water is enough to remove dirt that may have hardened over the course of a few days.
Soapy cleaners are too harsh for epoxy flooring. They begin to leave behind a haze which builds up over the months and fades the vibrant color and shine of epoxy flooring. Using soapy cleaners can cause the surface to wear out and make the
Sometimes, there will be stains and substances that adhere to the surface of epoxy flooring that cannot be removed by the methods mentioned above. A stronger method is needed to remove such stains. Make a diluted solution of clear ammonia in water to clean the surface. Other store-bought cleaners can be used as well; just make sure they aren’t soapy or too high or low with regard to pH levels.
Epoxy coatings have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years in a high foot traffic environment. That doesn’t mean that they completely wear out after 2 years.
Store owners often have another layer of epoxy resin applied to the surface of the floor to restore its shine. for commercial purposes, having another layer of epoxy every couple of years as maintenance helps maintain the look of the store. The process is quick and it won’t hinder operations of your store. CSS Coatings offers epoxy flooring to residential and commercial clients. These floor coatings are easy to maintain while giving a brilliant finish. We also offer metallic epoxy flooring for those looking to change up the look of their store and garage floor coatings. Call us at 270-793-9069 for more information.