The hard part is over: applying your epoxy flooring. Here is the next difficult step: maintaining your epoxy flooring. Whether you have epoxy coatings for your basement, backyard deck or garage, it can be nearly impossible to ensure the flooring is properly kept and long lasting. For some, the epoxy coating may last for a year. For others, the epoxy coating could have a decade-long lifespan.
Everything from mopping to vacuuming, there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure that your epoxy job can not only live a long time, but also remain spot-free for years and years. Indeed, each time you have a guest over to your home, you will be questioned as to when you just painted the garage floor. As your neighbour has oil stains and broken concrete, yours is the envy of the neighbourhood.
Here are five tips for maintaining your epoxy flooring:
1. Routine Maintenance is Best
Like every other part of the home, if you have basic routine maintenance then you should not have any problems whatsoever. If the issues pile up, then it will create issues down the road. Once or twice a week, grab a broom, a mop and some hot water and clean your epoxy flooring.
2. Notice a Minor Spill? Clean it up Right Away
Yes, not everyone is like this, but there are unfortunately some people who will refrain from cleaning up a minor spill. Laziness? You decide.
If you notice a bit of mess or a slight liquid stain, then all you need is a cloth to wipe it up. Even if it is oil, you need to try your best to clean it.
3. Mop, Hot Water & Ammonia Are Your Friends
When you’re going for a thorough clean, there are three things you will need: a mop, hot water and clear ammonia. It would be wise to perform heavy cleaning of your epoxy flooring every month or so to ensure it remains in pristine condition.
Here is what you need to do: sweep away any dirt from the floor, then grab your mop, hot water and ammonia – it is recommended to use four ounces for every 1.5 litres of water. As soon as you have your cleaning materials, scrub hard with elbow grease! It will efficiently and effectively remove the dirt.
4. A Mat is an Essential Tool
Prevention is key to guarantee that your epoxy flooring will stay in great condition. In the heavily populated area of the garage, or other places where there is epoxy flooring, you should use mats. This is imperative for winter, when there is plenty of snow, ice and salt that can damage the ground. By having mats, you, your family or guest can wipe the shoes on the mat.
5. Avoid Acid or Soap-Based Cleaners
One of the worst things you can do for your floor is to utilize a cleaning product that comes with acids, like citrus or vinegar, or soap-based cleans. This is because these types of cleaning products will leave behind a residue that on the epoxy flooring that minimizes the shine and makes it slippery.
Imagine having a spotless and attractive floor? Well, this is what epoxy coating does for you.
We all empathize with garage concrete that generates a lot of dust and leaves behind oil samples. Some of it is just the nature of garage flooring, some of it is our fault because we don’t clean it. That said, since you’re making an investment with epoxy flooring, you should be prepared to incorporate routine maintenance into your lifestyle and ensure that you will implement the proper measures to have the best floor possible, whether it’s on the porch or in the garage. You won’t be ashamed anymore by your floor.