The primary issue that many people experience with epoxy coat flooring is that the shine associated with these floors dulls or becomes hazy over time. Unfortunately, once the shiny topcoat has become dull or damaged, it is simply impossible to effectively restore this shine without adding a new coat of epoxy. However, it is possible to prolong the life of your epoxy flooring by protecting that shiny topcoat with just a small amount of maintenance.
Use A Dust Mop Frequently To Remove Dirt
The dirt and debris that is tracked in on the soles of your shoes can be very abrasive and will wear down the topcoat of your epoxy flooring over time. This is why it is so important to remove dirt and debris on a regular basis using a dust mop or soft-bristled push broom. The frequency with which this maintenance needs to be performed will vary depending upon the amount of foot traffic your floors are exposed to. Requiring individuals to remove outdoor footwear before walking on your epoxy floor can reduce the frequency with which they need to be cleaned.
Avoid Cleaners That Contain Citrus
While citrus acids are great for cleaning a lot of different surfaces, they are a big no-no when it comes to epoxy flooring. Citric acids will slowly eat away at the topcoat of your epoxy and leave a film-like finish that can only be corrected by applying a fresh topcoat to the floor. Not only is this repair labor intensive, but it can be rather expensive. Consequently, you will want to avoid the use of any cleaners that make use of citrus ingredients. If you must use cleaning products to remove stuck-on dirt or other debris, stick to the use of products that rely on ammonia as a cleaning agent. These cleansers should also be diluted whenever possible in order to minimize the risk of damaging your floor's shiny finish.
Never Use Abrasive Cleaning Tools
Hard bristled brooms, scrubbers, and brushes should never be used on your epoxy flooring. You should also avoid the use of mechanical floor scrubbers and buffers as this equipment is often far too abrasive. Instead, stick to the use of soft-bristled brushes and brooms for scrubbing and microfiber cloths for washing and buffing. While it may seem as though these soft materials do not offer much in the way of scrubbing power, their cleaning abilities will be more than adequate if you have followed the other maintenance advice described in this article in order to avoid scratches or other damage to your epoxy topcoat.
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12 May 2021
What's under your feet right now? Well, you might be outside on the grass, in which case, you can disregard that question. But if your indoors, the floor is what's under your feet. If you have not spent a lot of time thinking about the floor under your feet, that's about to change. Welcome to a blog about flooring. This may sound like a rather flat or one-sided topic at first, but we have so much to say. We're going to blog about all different types of flooring. We'll share articles on installing it, caring for it, and so much more!