Maintaining a clean epoxy floor is not as hard as it seems…
After completing your epoxy floor, you might be wondering, how do I clean and properly maintain my epoxy floor? Fortunately, epoxy floor care is extremely easy. Epoxy is highly resistance to dust, dirt, and fluids making cleaning your floor coating a simple task.
Mopping the Floor
For regular cleaning of your epoxy floor, a simple dust mop will work wonders. Applying your dust mop around once a week is the best way to clean epoxy floors and to gather up strangling dust or dirt. If desired, you can also take a hose to wash down your entire floor and then use a squeegee to absorb the residue. Every three or four months a more vigorous scrub may be required to obtain a clean epoxy floor. This is especially the case when your floor is heavily trafficked by vehicles or machinery. You’ll need a hard foam mop, as a string mop will leave streak marks and will not clean your epoxy floors with the most efficiency. If your floor is subject to outdoor elements entering such as rain, sleet, or snow then ensure you clean your floor vigorously at least one time per month.
As for epoxy floor cleaning products, it’s highly recommended to use an 8:1 ratio of simple green in a spray bottle mixed with hot water. Another option for cleaning your floors is applying one half of a cup of ammonia to a gallon of hot water. After applying these solutions to your floor, you can let the floor air dry or use a clean towel to speed up the process. Make sure to close all windows, doors, and entryways once you are done cleaning to ensure no outside elements can enter after a good clean.
While an ammonia or simple green solution will work wonders to keep your epoxy floor clean, extra care will be required to keep the professional gloss coating in the event of staining. For this use a still nylon brush with a stronger simple green solution. However, if you apply too much force to your cleaning, there is a chance that your epoxy floor might become less glossy, so make sure to take that precaution.
If you have occurred stubborn salt film or rust stains. Using a 1:1 ratio of CLR brand cleaner with warm water. Use a scrub pad or brush firmly to clean the surface. Afterwards douse with cold water. If you have decided to partake in this method, it is advised that you do not let the solution sit for a long period of time on the surface. A minute or two should be all that is needed for your cleaning needs.
Some products that may be kept in your brewery may leave a deglossing effect on your floor, thankfully, this usually can be removed by simply applying hot water and a deck brush. Most of the products needed to take care of your epoxy floor are found at your local hardware store, so there is little difficulty in finding the supplies needed for maintenance.
Be warned, when you are cleaning your epoxy floor, stay away from certain products. Using citrus cleaners or vinegar can also cause your epoxy floor to lose its glossy shine. These types of cleaners have acids that can slowly degloss your epoxy floor finish over time. Cleaners with soap also have the possibility of leaving streak marks on your floor and will increase the likelihood that your floor will become slippery when wet. This is why chemical cleaners such as simple green and ammonia are recommended for cleaning your epoxy floors.
Remember, your epoxy floor is extremely durable, but is not indestructible. Damage will occur and accidents are bound to happen. Fortunately most stains can easily be removed, with the right knowledge and a proper amount of elbow grease.
By now you should fully understand the best way to maintain your new floor for your brewery and are on a quick and easy trip to a clean epoxy floor. By sticking to basic maintenance and staying away from products that can be harmful to your floor, your epoxy floor should remain in pristine condition for years to come.