Epoxy floors have long been the go-to flooring for manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, retail stores, and a large variety of other venues. It’s known for its easy installation, durability, and the overall ease of maintenance. While its maintenance plan is not as complex as other flooring solutions, it is important to know how to properly care for and maintain your floors in order to get the most out of them, and your investment.
The Maintenance Plan
Epoxy coatings are very durable and can withstand a lot of traffic and wear and tear. Just like any other investment in your facility, correct upkeep will extend the life of your floor and its coating. Here are a few things to keep in mind for daily, weekly, and yearly maintenance.
In terms of daily maintenance, epoxy floors are pretty low key. They don’t need much, but a daily sweep and/or mop should be part of the cleaning routine. By removing the presence of any small particles, you’ll keep the floor free of scratches and reduce wear and tear. If your facility uses harsh or erosive chemicals, it’s important that any spills are cleaned up as soon as possible. If certain chemicals aren’t cleaned up in a timely manner, they will begin erode and damage the floor permanently.
A thorough scrubbing of the floor every week will ensure it has a clean, smooth surface. Depending on the amount of traffic your floor sees, a bi-weekly scrubbing may be necessary.
Be on the lookout for large stains, scratches, gouges, and cuts in the coating. While these floors are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, it is still possible they’ll experience various surface maladies. The key to these problems is to not ignore them, but treat them as soon as they are noticed. If you’re unsure how to handle the stain, scratch or cut, be sure to check in with your floor installer for the best way to fix the issue.
When conducting the weekly scrubbing of your epoxy floor, it is essential to use the correct cleaning agent in order to keep your coating looking new.
Ideally, you should use a non-alkaline, gentle cleanser that will not strip any of the coating off in the process. If your space isn’t too large, a good solution is to dilute one third cup dishwashing soap into four or five liters of water. Avoid using any hard bristle brushes, as they will certainly damage your flooring.
When to Recoat
Once again, epoxy floors are very low maintenance and require just the basic cleaning in order to stay in shape. However, a time may come in several years when the shine can’t be restored with routine cleaning. If your coating has lost its luster, it may be time for a recoat.
You can do this process on your own, if you wish. However, depending on the size of your space, it may be best to leave the recoating to the professionals. The work includes buffing and sanding the previous coating, filling in any cracks or gouges, properly cleaning the floor and then applying the coat of epoxy. It is a technical process that can be an arduous task, especially for large areas, such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
Epoxy floors continue to be one of the best solutions for many industrial buildings. By continually maintaining your floor properly with daily sweeps, weekly scrubbing and the occasional recoat, you’ll ensure it will last you for many, many years. To evaluate the state of your epoxy floor coating, contact Liquid Floors for a free consultation.