It’s always exciting when something new is installed in your home or place of work. However, taking care of it to ensure that it looks fabulous for years to come can be a little tricky. This simple checklist outlines scenarios where you may need to maintain your epoxy flooring. From the best way to clean the floor through to how to remove and protect it from scuffs and scratches!
Your epoxy system is tough, but it needs time to cure before you walk or drive on top of them. If you tread prematurely on the floor without allowing the recommended curing time, imperfections could occur in the floor like footprints or indentations from heavy objects. Cure properly and the result will be a durable floor that will last for years to come.
The time it takes to cure will depend on the epoxy system you chose. Always feel free to chat to your installer. Or contact our team to ensure you give your floor the right amount of time to cure.
Routine Care Guide
In order to maintain your epoxy flooring to look as good as new, it’s important that you perform routine maintenance. This can include sweeping or mopping depending on what use the room has to you. If you have epoxy flooring installed in your workshop, hose down the area for the quickest and easiest clean.
A simple way to keep your floors clean and tidy is sweeping. Surface dirt or loose debris can sometimes be abrasive and could pose potential damage to your floor. We recommend to clean the floor without damaging it by use a soft broom or vacuum for flaked systems. If you have smooth epoxy finishes, you should use microfibre mops for dusting or sweeping. Stiff bristled brooms or brushes can scratch high gloss epoxy floors, and can dull the surfaces finish.
When performing a thorough clean to maintain the look of your epoxy flooring, there are a few extra steps you can take to really make it shine. After doing a general clean with your microfibre mop, hose or broom, you can use cleaning agents.
We recommend a pH neutral cleaner diluted with water. Then either hand scrub or mopping the floor to get rid of small pieces of dirt or dust. When shopping for products to use to clean the floors, be cautious to not select abrasive or corrosive cleaners. These mixtures can ultimately cause extensive damage to the floors finish or completely discolour your floor.
If in doubt of suitable products to maintain your new epoxy floor, contact our team for recommendations for neutral cleaners.
Stains and Spills
Even though your epoxy surface is resistant to general staining and discolouration, all spills should be cleaned immediately. This will reduce your chances of having a problem with colour fastness of your floor. Prolonged or extended exposure to corrosive or acidic chemicals can cause significant aesthetic damage. Staining is just a cosmetic issue and doesn’t impact the functionality of the floor. But we can understand how it can be frustrating when a discoloured patch stands out!
Surface Scratching and Polishing
After walking, working or driving over your epoxy flooring you may notice some scratches or scuffs. This is all part of general wear and tear. In order to minimise the appearance of these marks, and reduce any further scratching you can apply a floor polish. Once you do a thorough clean of your floor, we recommend polishing the surface with products like APC 600s Shine. This particular product is recommended by the manufacturer. But you can find similar floor polish that are high solids and water based at your local hardware store or online.
Once polished, you will find that not only will your floor have a premium shine but also have a protective barrier.
High Gloss Surface
Areas where Diamond Finish has been applied can be especially vulnerable to scuffing and scratching. This is due to its high gloss appearance. These surfaces will show any abrasions from grit and dirt sooner than your matte surface finishes. So some additional and regular care is advised for people who have this installed. We recommend having a routine of cleaning with a pH neutral agent. Then polishing the floor to maintain its original high end and high gloss appearance.
If you have heavy furniture or installations on this style of finish, it is certainly best practice to use extra assistance and trolleys to manoeuvre them to avoid any unnecessary damage. If you have smaller furniture that is to be frequently moved like chairs and tables, you should look to have rubber or felt feet underneath them to prevent scuffs and scratches.
Need A Professional Hand?
To ensure that your new epoxy flooring stands the test of time aesthetically and functionally, these simple care tips will ensure that it looks as good as the day you had it installed! If you find you’re stuck for knowing which product is safe to use on the floor, or simply want a professional hand in caring for your floor, contact our team today!