One of the biggest advantages to installing an epoxy floor system is how easy they are to clean, sanitize and maintain. However, it is extremely important to follow a few simple cleaning tips to ensure that the optimum appearance and performance of the epoxy floors is maintained.
Tip #1: Wait Until the Epoxy Floor is Completely Cured
In most instances, epoxy floors can accept light foot traffic 24 hours after installation. They cannot, however, be exposed to water until the floor is completely cured. We recommend waiting a minimum of 48-72 hours before cleaning your epoxy floors with water or any type of cleaning agents.
Tip #2: Sweep it Up
Removing dirt from day-to-day use is as easy as picking up a broom and sweeping! Using a hand broom with bristle brushes or soft bristle brush attachments is recommended. A vacuum can also be used if necessary. Do not use aggressive nylon pads or stiff bristle brushes as these may scratch the surface of the epoxy floor.
Tip #3: Neutralize Chemical Spills
In the event of a chemical spill, it is critical to neutralize the spill immediately and clean it up as soon as possible. It is important to remember that chemical concentration, chemical combinations, temperature and duration of time that an epoxy floor is exposed to harmful chemical substances may affect the overall appearance and performance if a spill is not dealt with right away.
Tip #4: Everyday Cleaning
Cleaning solutions and products can be used to regularly clean and disinfect epoxy floors. Here at Plexi-Chemie, we’ve found that when it comes to everyday cleaning solutions, keeping it simple is the best option. We recommend the following for everyday cleaning and disinfecting:
- Mix 1/3 cup dish-washing liquid with four to five liters of water and mop the floor.
Tip #5: Test Small Area First
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting epoxy floors, keep in mind that some cleaning agents can affect the color, gloss and texture of the surface. As a precaution, we recommend that you test the cleaning or disinfecting agent on a small area prior to using it on the entire floor.
Tip #6: Hot Water Cleaning
If you are using hot water to clean your epoxy floor, the temperature of the water should not exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid puddling when cleaning with water (regardless of the water temperature) and make sure that nozzles and hoses are constantly moving during the cleaning process.
Tip #7: Waxing and Sealing
Waxes and sealers can be used on a finished epoxy floor to provide a high luster to the floor. We recommend only using a thin coat. All old coats of waxes and sealers should be stripped prior to the application of a new coat. Coarse grit or sanding type devices should not be used to remove old wax and sealer build-up, as they could damage the floor.
Tip #8: Cleaning Slip Resistant Floors
Epoxy floors either have a smooth or a rough surface finish. Rough textured finishes are often used in industries where slip resistance is a must. These textured surfaces require a more extensive cleaning process to ensure that all dirt and contaminants are removed from every nook and cranny. For these types of surfaces, we recommend using a bristle-type cleaning brush to make sure all areas are properly cleaned and disinfected.
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For more information about cleaning and maintaining epoxy floors, including tips on repair and maintenance, please see our cleaning and maintenance guide: Cleaning and Maintenance Guide