Typically, floors are something you ignore every day unless you notice something off to it. Nonetheless, they play a crucial role in our safety and workday productivity. If you are looking for the best alternative for your office or facility, don’t look any farther.
Here are Epoxy Floors to save your day!
Epoxy floors consist of stone or marble suspended within a mortar bed. Unlike ordinary garage doors, epoxy floors are resilient and attractive flooring which can withstand stains and chemical spills. If you weren’t aware, epoxy is a popular material designed to be a sealant for your concrete floors. Most industrial and commercial buildings have been using this material due to its durability and strength.
However, it requires regular maintenance. Fret not because you can make upkeeping easier on yourself through following some of these practical tips:
Make sure that the epoxy floor is completely cured:
More often than not, epoxy garage flooring can accommodate light foot traffic one day after you installed it. Nevertheless, they must not be exposed to water unless it’s already cured. It is best advised to wait for at least 48 to 72 hours before cleaning the epoxy floors with any cleaning agents or water.
Try heavy cleaning:
Whether you spend most of your time in the garage or utilize it for messy projects, your epoxy floors may develop scuffs and marks. Don’t ignore this mess. Clean it right away.
To do that, grab your mop or soft broom to wipe up gently any dirt or debris. After that, use water and a stiff brush to remove the marks. If you think this won’t work, then try using an all-purpose cleaning solution and hard foam mop. In fact, you can blend your solution through mixing roughly ¾ cup (6 ounces) of ammonia into one gallon of water. This will form 5% of ammonia solution, a good and safe cleaning substance for your floor. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly and dry it.
Hot water cleaning can also help. You can also use hot water for cleaning your floor. Just make sure that the water’s temperature shouldn’t go beyond 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t try to puddle if you are cleaning with water whether be it hot or cold. Ensure that hoses and nozzles are constantly moving when cleaning.
Conduct regular cleaning:
It’s crucial to keep its appearance and prolong the lifespan of the coating. Read the following do’s, and dont’s when cleaning:
• Do not use abrasive cleaners. Instead, you can try utilizing soft bristle brush.
• Say no to acid base cleaners as they can greatly damage your beautiful flooring.
• Never try to apply powerful alkali-based cleaners are hazardous. You need to dilute it first based on the product instructions. Avoid using it in concentrated form.
• Need an alternative cleaning solution? Why not use your daily dishwashing liquid! Simply mix about 1/3 cup along with four to five liters of water and then, wash it on the floor.
• Don’t scrape the surface of your epoxy floors. However, it is alright to use a scourer sponge and squeegees or plastic scrapers lightly. Just choose something which has rounded corners to reduce the possibility of scratching the surface.
• Scrub your Epoxy floor at least one to twice every week only.
• Know who install your Epoxy floor and ask them the right sealers and cleaner to be utilized on the floor.
Retouch its sealer every day after cleaning:
This step is important for an establishment which has a high amount of traffic. Sealers must be applied right after polishing the epoxy floor. It will greatly help in preventing any spilled substance from penetrating your surface and ruining the floor. You need to clean it up as soon as possible since it can leave behind stains.
Test on small region first:
In terms of disinfecting and cleaning epoxy floors, always remember that there are few cleaning agents which can affect the texture, color, and gloss of the floor surface. To prevent that from happening, experts suggest testing the disinfecting or cleaning solution on a small area before applying it on the entire epoxy floor.
Remove tire marks:
It is inevitable that hot tires will leave oily and black markings on your epoxy floors. With that being said, it is critical act quickly and eliminates these unwanted marks. But how? You may try to apply ammonia solution on these marks. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then start cleaning it with a stuff brush. If this plan fails, use a degreaser product and a kitchen scrub brush:
Note: Before using any cleaner or degrease on a prominent or large area, test it first on a hidden part of the floor.
Polish your epoxy flooring appropriately:
To do this, you need to find approved wax polishes or clear polymer glaze coats in order to safeguard the upper part of the surface against abrasions and minor scratches. It has been known that wax modified cleanser can offer improved scratch resistance. Likewise, metallic style polishes can provide protection instantly.
In addition to that, you can apply a minimum of three coats after your wash the floor. It’s alright to apply three coats on the same day. Experts advise repeating the polishing application every three months.
Seek help from professionals:
If you can’t handle the job anymore, there’s no harm if you’ll ask help from professionals. Leave it to them to save your time and effort .
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