Epoxy flooring is a coating that can be installed over concrete floors. The coating helps to strengthen the concrete, while also helping to add color, texture, and style to the floor. Epoxy is popular for use in commercial settings, as it is extremely durable and easy to care for. The life span of epoxy can vary based on the amount of foot traffic you have, the type of epoxy coating used, and how well-cared-for your floor is. Here are a few tips to help you properly care for your epoxy flooring.
Tip #1: Utilize Doormats to Prevent Scratches and Damage
While epoxy flooring is extremely durable, it can become damaged, scratched, or scraped. One of the ways that this commonly happens is when debris, such as rocks or gravel, gets stuck in the soles of shoes and then scratches the surface of the epoxy floor. Placing a doormat outside of your business so customers can wipe their feet and remove debris and residue can help to prevent damage from debris on shoes and extend the life of your epoxy flooring.
Tip #2: Regularly Clean Your Epoxy Flooring
Your epoxy floors need to be regularly cleaned to keep them looking their best and to extend their life span. The floors should be cleaned at least once a week, and more if they look dirty or are exposed to a lot of foot traffic. You can use a broom or push broom to remove dust and residue from the floor. The floors can then be mopped clean using a non-acidic cleaning product. The floors should then be rinsed with water because soap residue can make the floors become slippery when wet.
Tip #3: Deep Clean Your Epoxy Flooring as Needed
If your epoxy floors are starting to look dull or dirty, you may need to have them deep cleaned. Epoxy flooring can be pressure washed to remove dirt, dust, grime, and even small stains. Always ensure you are using non-acidic soap in your pressure washer to protect the color of your flooring and ensure you are not etching the epoxy.
Tip #4: Have a Clearcoat Reapplied as Needed
Lastly, you need to have a clearcoat reapplied to your epoxy flooring as needed. The frequency in which you will need clearcoat reapplied varies based on the amount of foot traffic in your business and how frequently the floor is cleaned. However, if water seeps into the floor or your floor has a yellowish tint to it, these are signs a new clearcoat may need to be applied.
Epoxy flooring requires little maintenance, but it does still need some care. Properly caring for your epoxy flooring can help your flooring to last as long as possible, while also helping it to look good in the process. Reach out to an epoxy floor installation company to have epoxy installed on your concrete floors.