How To Properly Clean Epoxy Flooring

Make Your Epoxy Floors Shine!

Epoxy flooring in garageAfter your epoxy flooring has been installed, you will have to regularly clean it to keep it shiny so it lasts as long as possible. There is a right way and a wrong way to clean epoxy floors and this article explains them.

Over the years, your new flooring will see a lot of traffic, but that’s exactly what epoxy flooring is made for—to withstand plenty of traffic and still look brand new for years to come. 

The Dos of Cleaning Epoxy Flooring

Before you mop your epoxy floor, sweep up as much debris and dust as you can. If your floor is less susceptible to getting stained you can use a vacuum cleaner to clean up dust and debris instead of using a broom.

Using Warm Water & Soap

Depending on the size of the room, a simple mop and bucket combination is all you need. Fill your bucket up with warm water and 1/3 a cup of light soap like dish-soap. When using soap and water, make sure to rinse-mop the flooring with only a bucket of water to reduce the streaking. 

Using Warm Water & Ammonia

You can also use an ammonia and water combination. Just add half a cup of ammonia to a bucket of warm water. Once you’ve mopped over the floor once, make sure to mop it a second time with a bucket of water only. Ammonia is great for removing dirt buildup, tire marks and stains, and it won’t ruin the finish. 

Start From Top to Bottom

Start by mopping all the edges to ensure you clean up all the dust or small debris and then mop from top to bottom as you would any regular floor. Remember that some cleaners will leave a film on the surface of your floors and reduce the shine. Epoxy floors are water resistant so it doesn’t matter how much water you use when cleaning it, and your floors won’t lose their shine. 

Epoxy Floor Cleaning Dos

  • Use light soap and water.
  • Use an ammonia and water mixture.
  • Lightly chisel away caked-on stains like gum or heavy residue.
  • Use non-acidic products.
  • Use a non-abrasive cloth for spot cleaning.
  • Use a squeegee to easily remove the cleaning solution.

The Don’ts of Cleaning Epoxy Flooring

To ensure your flooring continues to look and act optimally, make sure to not do the following:

Epoxy Floor Cleaning Don’ts

  • Don’t use citrus cleaners.
  • Do not use bleach.
  • Do not use abrasive scrub pads.
  • Do not use acidic products.
  • Avoid using vinegar.

Although epoxy is an extremely strong substance certain strong chemicals can cause it to erode more easily than other. Cleaning it with a strong chemical may not only destabilize the chemical make up of the epoxy, but can also ruin its coating. Once the coating is gone it will look dull and need to be recoated again.

Immediately Clean Up Spills

Clean epoxy flooringIf you have spilled a harsh chemical on your epoxy floors, make sure to clean it up right away. Do not let it sit on the floor for a prolonger period of time and don’t let it set.

To clean up chemical spills use a damp cloth to soak up the chemical, and rinse and repeat until it is completely gone. After cleaning up the spill, you can buff out the spot with a light cloth or micro-fibre until it shines again.

Spot Cleaning Epoxy Floors

It’s hard to avoid dirt build up but when it happens all is not lost. When it comes to spotty stains, gently use a soft cloth or micro-fibre to scrub until the spot comes out ,and before it dries up and becomes concentrated.

With a soft moist cloth you can also remove rust stains by applying a small amount of rust-removal agent to the damp cloth and make sure to wipe the spot down with only water. This should ensure that your floor’s shine won’t dissipate.

The Final Rinsing

After you have vacuumed/swept your floors, and cleaned it with an appropriate cleaning solution, it’s time to rinse it. The best way to rinse an epoxy floor is by mopping it over one last time with only a bucket of warm water, and using a squeegee to remove the excess.

The squeegee will make sure all the moisture is gone and removes any streaks that are left behind. Once you’re done, simply let your floor dry for at least 30 minutes before using it again.

For Ongoing Maintenance

As a part of a regular regiment, make sure to vacuum your epoxy floors at least once a month. This will ensure all dust and debris are removed and won’t intermingle with any moisture. If your floors don’t experience high traffic you can do a deep cleaning with soap and water once every six to nine months. 

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