Your new epoxy floor has added durability and style to your floors while protecting them from cracks, grease, stains and moisture damage. While epoxy floors are very resistant by nature, you’ll want to know how to clean and maintain them to keep them looking like new.
Here’s what you need to know about how to clean epoxy floors:
How to Clean Epoxy Floors? Prep Your Floors First
Before you ever get started with adding any cleaning solution, you have to clear your floors of dirt, dust and debris that can damage the epoxy if left for too long. Even though epoxy is waterproof, it’s still susceptible to damage.
Small rocks and dirt particles can be ground by tires or foot traffic causing scratching to the floor’s surface. If the floor is scrubbed while dirt particles are still present, further scratching can take place. Sweep your epoxy floors regularly to avoid this damage.
To do a really thorough job cleaning, move all furniture, boxes, tools, and other objects off of the floor so you can sweep the nooks and crannies before using your epoxy floor cleaner.
Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
If you decide, you can buy a quality epoxy floor cleaner from the store or online or you can simply use warm soap and water to get the job done. If you decide to go the soap and water route, fill a large bucket with a gallon of warm water and about 1/3 of a cup of dish soap and mix well.
You’ll also want to invest in a decent mop with a gentle, synthetic fabric instead of natural fibres. A mop head that is fibrous can leave lots of bits and pieces behind as you mop which will just undo much of the cleaning you’ve just completed.
Scrub a Dub
Unless you’ve allowed your epoxy floors to get really dirty, a simple mopping of the floor should be enough to get it properly clean. Just make sure to get all of the corners and rinse your mop out as you go along.
If you haven’t been as good at maintaining cleanliness of your floors, you might have some stubborn spots that require a little more elbow grease. If this is the case, a good scrub brush will do the trick. Take care to pick a brush with soft bristles as hard bristles can scratch your epoxy floors.
Rinse and Dry
After you’ve mopped and scrubbed, be sure to rinse your floor well to remove all the soap. With your floor properly cleaned, the next step is removing all excess water. If you leave your floor wet, it can be too slippery. A really wet floor also invites mould and mildew, so take the time to dry it well.
To dry your floors, a good foam squeegee will work great. As you move along the floor with the squeegee, dump the excess water into your bucket.
Whether you’re contemplating adding epoxy floors to your garage for the first time, or wondering how to clean epoxy floors you already have in place, we invite you to learn more on our website. We’ve got everything you need from coatings to cleaning products for the most beautiful floors on the block.