Epoxy is already one of the best materials when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. It is non-porous, meaning that there are no crevices and tiny holes where dirt is likely to become stuck. The epoxy compound is also highly resistant to damage and is extremely chemical resistant, so the occasional spill or debris will leave your floors unharmed.
Although epoxy is naturally hygienic, concrete and epoxy flooring will still need regular maintenance. This helps keep it in the best possible shape for a long lifespan and also removes dirt that will collect on the surface of the flooring, even if it does not slip into cracks. These cleaning solutions and methods are the best way to keep your epoxy floors sanitized, safe, and in good shape over the long term.
Steps for Cleaning Epoxy Floors
How often your floors require cleaning depends largely on your facility type. Places that require a high standard of cleanliness, such as food production, medical facilities, or pharmaceuticals, or those that produce a greater amount of dust and debris will generally need more frequent and in depth cleaning. For the most part, you can follow the same cleaning schedule with epoxy floors as you would with most other floor types.
During your cleaning process, you will want to rely on the following steps to remove dirt and grease without any damage to floors:
- Choosing Your Cleaning Agent – Epoxy flooring is compatible with the majority of cleaning materials available, and you can use everything from a light antibacterial cleaner to a heavy degreaser depending on the type of buildup on your floor. You need to avoid any acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, as the acid can start to break down the epoxy resin and damage your floors. Soaps, while not damaging, will often leave streaks on epoxy and become slippery when wet and should also be avoided.
- Sweep First – Sweeping removes dust on the epoxy floor. Use a broom, dust mop, or floor sweeper to pick up these particles.
- Apply Your Cleaning Solution – Apply your chosen cleaning solution to the floor, following the manufacturers’ instructions for diluting the cleaner. You can use both manual methods like deck brush or commercial floor scrubber to distribute your cleaner or degreaser and agitate it to loosen any grease.
- Remove the Cleaning Agent – Mop up the cleaning agent and any lingering grease and debris to leave your floor clean. You should avoid using water for the step as it can further dilute the cleaner and enable grease to stay on the floor.
Throughout this process, you can be relatively vigorous with your cleaning, using a medium to hard bristle brush to loosen any stuck-on debris without damaging the floors.
In addition to regular cleaning, you should clean up any spills as quickly as possible. Epoxy is highly resilient, but limiting exposure time to corrosive chemicals can help further improve its lifespan. It will also provide extra protection against slipping hazards.
For companies looking for flooring with easy cleaning and maintenance, concrete and epoxy is one of the leading options. It is a first choice for any property where durability and easy cleaning is a must, including warehouses, commercial garages, showrooms, manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities, and more. To learn more about the benefits of epoxy floor coatings at these properties, contact Colorado Concrete Repair, the best concrete contractor in Denver and all of the surrounding area.