How to Extend the Lifespan of Epoxy Floor Coating in Five Steps

How to Extend the Lifespan of Epoxy Floor Coating

Do you have epoxy floor coating but are unsure of how to take care of it to prolong its life? If so, we are here to give you the top tips on how to care for your floor and to ultimately prolong the lifetime of it.

Knowing how to properly clean and what shouldn’t be on your floor is the start of having an epoxy floor that lasts for years. To learn more, check out our tips below.

1. Make Sure the Surface is Dirt Free 

Making sure that your epoxy floor coating is dirt and grit free is one of the top ways to expand the life of your flooring. This is especially true if you’re moving items across the floor. For example, if you have garage floor epoxy you could be moving machinery and vehicles across the epoxy on a daily basis.

This constant movement of machines and vehicles will mean that small scratches can appear in your epoxy coating. If these scratches are allowed to remain on the surface, then dirt and grime will build up.

With this said, it’s a great idea to remove the dirt on a regular basis. Even though epoxy floors are tough, they can be damaged from a number of scratches over time.

The best way to keep your epoxy floor clean is to use a shop vacuum regularly. You should be using the soft brush attachment to clean your epoxy floor. If the area in which your floor is in accumulates dirt and grime often, then you should vacuum accordingly. Some need to vacuum every day to ensure their epoxy floors last a long time.

If you’re moving items across the floor, you should be taking extra caution to ensure that the movements don’t scratch anything. This can be done by placing sliders under the items you’re moving, or even by placing the items onto a cart or hand truck to be moved.

2. Spot Cleaning is Effective to Prolonging the Life of Your Floor

Usually, you’ll only need to vacuum or sweep a small area of your floor. This usually happens when something has spilled, or dust and dirt have accumulated in that area.

If the liquid is spilled onto the epoxy floor, it will need to be vacuumed up. This will also help to suck up any dirt that is mixed in with the liquid. After cleaning the area with a shop vacuum, you should then use a mop and warm water to thoroughly clean the area.

When you vacuum make sure to use a soft brush. This will help to make sure you don’t put any unwanted scratches on the floor.

Epoxy floors are water-resistant. This means that they are very easy to clean when spills occur. Cleaning these spills fast is very important to expanding the lifetime of your epoxy flooring.

3. Don’t Use Soap Based Cleaners That Will Harm Your Epoxy Floor

Using soap-based cleaners on your epoxy floor will leave the epoxy with a sort of haze appearance. The cause of this is continuous use of soap-based floor cleaners on your epoxy floors that can become worse every time.

When cleaning your epoxy floor, it’s important to note that they don’t need soap for cleanings. To clean your floors all you need is warm water, a good mop, and even a gentle scrubbing brush to get the job done. If these items just don’t seem to be getting the job done you can use soft soap every once in a while, as to not lessen the lifetime of your floor.

4. Removing Stains to Prolong the Life of Your Floor is Key

Over time, pesky stains can appear on your floor, such as rust stains. If you have these stains, cleaning them will require a bit of elbow grease and the right technique.

For removing stains you’ll want to lightly scrub them with a soft deck brush or a kitchen scrubbing sponge along with warm water. You shouldn’t use items such as steel wool or chemicals that are considered harsh.

You should also avoid cleaning compounds that include ingredients such as citrus and vinegar. This will cause your epoxy to break down and not last as long as an epoxy floor that has been properly taken care of.

5. Remove Car Chemicals as Soon as Possible to Ensure Your Floor Isn’t Ruined

Spilled car chemicals on your floor are bound to happen, especially if you have cars on it nonstop. The key to having a long-lasting epoxy floor when car chemicals spill onto the surface is to act fast.

Wipe up the chemicals with paper towels and dispose of them. The most important thing about these spills is that you don’t want them to sit on the epoxy surface for too long.

After wiping the spill up, use warm water and a mop to thoroughly clean the surface. This will ensure that the chemicals won’t ruin your floor and help to ensure that the epoxy floor will be looking tip-top shape for as long as possible. 

Now You Know How to Expand the Life of Your Epoxy Floor Coating

We have given you the top tips on how to expand the life of your epoxy floor coating.

From cleaning up chemicals fast to knowing what to use to clean the surface thoroughly, you now know what to do to prolong the life of your epoxy flooring.

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