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EPOXY FLOOR CLEANING TIPS
One of the primary reasons for having an epoxy floor coating is for the ease of maintenance. But with that being said, everything needs to be cleaned. There are some basic cleaning tips for epoxy floors that you should be aware of however that will help insure a nice clean surface for years to come.
Keep in mind these same cleaning tips apply to polyurethane top coats, and polyaspartic or polyurea coatings as well.
The first thing you want to do is get yourself a quality dust mop.
Since dust and dirt do not stick to the epoxy floor, just use the dust mop once a week. They even work well for floors that have a polymer anti-slip additive in the surface. For floor coatings with an aggressive anti-slip aggregate such as aluminum oxide, a soft bristle push broom is the better choice.
If you have contraction joints or saw cuts in the floor that are exposed, vacuum these out monthly or use a broom to sweep them clean of debris.
Spot cleaning for spills and fluid leaks from cars are easily wiped up with a soft cloth. You can usually clean the area with a shot of Windex if the spill has left a film.
HEAVY DUTY CLEANING FOR YOUR EPOXY FLOOR
For epoxy garage floors that see a lot of traffic and dirt, it’s a good idea to give your epoxy floor a good cleaning once every 3 or 4 months. The best cleaning tool for this is a quality hard foam mop with a cleaning solution. Do not use a string mop. These don’t clean as well and can leave streaks.
A cheap and “GREEN” solution that works well for regular cleaning is ½ a cup of ammonia to a gallon of hot water in a bucket. Apply it using the foam mop and be sure to rinse the mop frequently in the bucket of hot water to rid it of the dirty residue.
When using these methods, you can just let the floor air dry or wipe it dry with a clean towel.
For stubborn spots on your epoxy floor, we recommend using a stiff nylon brush to scrub the area along with a strong solution of Simple Green if necessary. Be careful if using a green scrub pad. These can work well but depending on the quality of your epoxy garage coating, they can degloss the surface somewhat if you scrub too hard.
Marks left by tires can be the toughest to remove if not cleaned regularly. Click here for a great article to learn the best way to clean stubborn tire marks from your epoxy garage floor.
For rust stains or stubborn salt film, we recommend using a 1:1 ratio of CLR and warm water. Apply it directly to the rust spot using a scrub brush or scrub pad and then rinse with cold clean water. Do not let it sit for more than a minute or two on the surface.
When cleaning your epoxy garage floor coating, do not use citrus cleaners or vinegar. These types of cleaners contain acids that can slowly degloss the finish of your epoxy over time.
Don’t use cleaners with soap in them as well. Soap can leave streak marks and a hazy film on the surface that reduces the shine from the finish. It can also make the epoxy floor much more slippery when it gets wet.
Once you learn how to maintain your epoxy garage floor coating, just use these cleaning tips and methods for your quick and easy epoxy floor maintenance. Please click here to see more tips from this article on how to clean your epoxy floor.