You’ve recently taken the plunge and updated (or retrofitted) your flooring system with shiny, new epoxy flooring or polished concrete. We know it’s a sizable investment and, due to marked client interest, we want to share the best ways to extend the life of your floors with routine maintenance.
Don’t be alarmed – you didn’t just cover your floor in an expensive, time-sucking surface. Epoxy floors are well-lauded for their ease of cleaning, sterilization and maintenance. Epoxy is, by chemical design, highly durable and impervious to many elements that damage other flooring systems. That said, a minimal cleaning regimen can extend the life of your flooring system, preserving gloss and sheen for longer.
Epoxy Flooring Systems
Most of your cleaning arsenal will be a simple dust mop. Dust and dirt won’t stick to an epoxy floor, so you’ll only need to use a dust mop a couple of times a week (frequency varies with demands). This method also works with anti-slip additives. Depending on how aggressive your anti-slip additives are, a soft bristle push broom might perform better in removing debris.
Never use citrus or vinegar-based cleaners to clean an epoxy floor. The acids in these cleaners can slowly degrade epoxy and concrete flooring finishes decreasing their gloss. Additionally, soap-based cleaners can leave residue on protective coatings and finishes. Avoid these cleaners, instead opting for a ph neutral cleaner to clean floors while preserving luster. We developed Sofia’s Soy Cleaner specifically for epoxy floors. Sofia’s is a powerful plant-based cleaner that is ph neutral and strong enough to remove scuff marks on any surface. Aim to clean the floor once per week, bi-monthly, monthly, or WAUTERLY with an automatic scrubber (frequency is set by the amount of traffic and use your floor gets).
If residue has built up from mopping or heavy traffic, cleaning it is simple. Sweep away debris and then use a hard foam mop, hot water and Sofia’s Soy Cleaner (or four to five ounces of clear ammonia per gallon of hot water) to remove hazy films.
Spot clean equipment, machinery and vehicular spills as soon as possible. Though they likely will not harm durable epoxy if unaddressed, cleaning them promptly with a towel and ph neutral solution is ideal for maximizing the floor’s life.
Polished Concrete Flooring Systems
Polished concrete flooring systems follow the same cleaning principles. The main difference is that polished concrete maintenance includes a mechanical component. Diamond pads, fixed on a floor buffer or auto scrubber, will help maintain the polish.
Regardless of epoxy or polished concrete, adding mats to high traffic areas will increase your floors longevity. Professionally installed, properly maintained floors are very durable (not to be confused with indestructible). As such, with the right care, they can last for years. The Pro Floor Design team is always on hand to answer your maintenance questions or to assess any damages that might your floor sustains.