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

Cleaning Debris

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.

Cleaning Solutions

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).

Removing Residues

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 Cleaning

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.

 

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  • Andrea Myers

    March 16, 2018 | Reply

    I found it interesting when you said that epoxy floors are well-lauded for their ease of cleaning, sterilization, and maintenance. We are planning to renovate the floor in our garage, and I think that epoxy flooring is a good choice since it's more durable. I'll make sure to call a concrete contractor to inquire if this is possible in our garage.

  • Alexandria Martinez

    May 4, 2018 | Reply

    I really like that you mentioned how much longer concrete floor polishing will make your floors last. This is a big deal for companies that have a lot of foot traffic. My fiance might like hearing this since he was researching a similar service.

  • Extreme Epoxy Coatings

    May 14, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you for sharing the article. It’s very useful. Hope to hear more from you.

  • SR Build Care Tech

    October 7, 2018 | Reply

    Good one. May i know how to do maintenance for epoxy flooring? Does it require any skilled people or can a homemaker do that?

  • Braden Bills

    July 3, 2019 | Reply

    I want to make sure that my epoxy coated concrete floors last me a long time. It makes sense that keeping them clean with a bristled broom would be beneficial! That way, I don't have to worry about dirt causing it to wear down quickly. http://www.pfbrady.com.au/our-products.htm

  • Brendan Shelton

    August 15, 2019 | Reply

    I never thought about how vinegar and citrus-based cleaning systems will harm the floors with the acids they contain. My wife and I are refurbishing our barn and want to use polished concrete for the flooring so that it will last for a long time. We will keep this article in mind as we make a plan to put the best flooring in our barn.

  • Braden Bills

    September 30, 2019 | Reply

    I want to make sure that the concrete floors in my garage last me a long time. It makes sense that having them covered with epoxy would be beneficial! I can see how that would make them last a lot longer.

  • Henry Killingsworth

    January 15, 2020 | Reply

    I thought it was interesting when you explained that it is important that epoxy floors are never cleaned with vinegar-based products. If I were to guess, this coating that is used on concrete flooring helps prevent people from slipping when they walk on it. It would be interesting to learn more about how the epoxy coating is created.

  • ปั้มไลค์

    May 18, 2020 | Reply

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • Braden Bills

    May 20, 2020 | Reply

    I'm planning on getting epoxy flooring for my garage. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I maintain it properly! I'll be sure to keep it nice and clean. If I notice any issues with it, I'll be sure to get a professional to fix it for me. https://creativecustomconcreteconcepts.com/epoxy-floor-systems/

  • Braden Bills

    June 5, 2020 | Reply

    I want to make sure that my concrete floors last so long. It makes sense that having epoxy flooring installed. That seems like a good way to ensure that it's easy to clean. I'll be sure that I have the right equipment for this. https://amazingspaceonline.com/home-organization/epoxy-flooring

  • Braden Bills

    June 17, 2020 | Reply

    I have some concrete floors that I'm planning on having epoxy coating put on. It's good to know that it's pretty easy to maintain these kinds of floors! Sweeping and occasional cleaning isn't too much maintenance compared to other kinds of floors. https://www.rpepin.com/services.php

  • Brendan Shelton

    June 25, 2020 | Reply

    It's really helpful to know that you should avoid citrus and vinegar-based systems when cleaning your polished floors. My dad has a mechanic shop that could really use some new concrete flooring. I think it's a good idea to find a contractor that can install the new flooring and also help him maintain it. https://www.concreteconceptstas.com.au/concreting

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