Epoxy floor coatings are generally a low-maintenance option for flooring in any building. Aside from cleaning and as-needed reapplications of the coating, there is very little upkeep to maintain their appearance. Because dust generally doesn’t stick to epoxy well, cleaning it can be as easy as simply wiping it off. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to maintain its durability for years to come.
Clean at Least Once Weekly
While you may not notice that your floors are particularly dirty after a week, months of negligence can build up. Cleaning once a week can help maintain the floor and prevent any dirt from accumulating. Keep in mind when cleaning that even if epoxy floor coatings are generally durable against impact, you still want to avoid scrubbing too hard.
Regular cleaning is a great way to ensure the longevity of an epoxy floor. If your floor seems to get dirty very often, you may want to consider cleaning it more than once a week.
Also, make sure that you use a synthetic mop for cleaning. Natural hairs tend to stick to resin floors, often leaving a lot of loose strands all over your floor which can be difficult to clean up.
Avoid Cleaning with Acidic Cleaners
Epoxy is sensitive to acids. With frequent exposure to acidic cleansers such as chlorine, your epoxy floor coating may degrade and yellow over time. If possible, choose pH-neutral or ammonia-based cleaners.
If you expect your floor to be constantly exposed to acidic substances you may want to apply a top coat of urethane to avoid yellowing.
Apply a Glaze Coat on Scratches
Over time, repeated pressure over your epoxy floor coating may cause scratches. Because epoxy is generally a hard finish, these may not be noticeable at first. If you do notice them, however, you may prevent further damage by applying a glaze coat.
It is not a good idea to wait until the scratch deepens before you apply a glaze coat. If dust or chemicals accumulate in the scratch, it may be harder for your glaze coat to adhere to the surface.
Overall, epoxy floor coating is an extremely durable choice. However, whether you’ve applied it on commercial flooring or residential flooring, you will want to maintain its resilience and appearance through proper care.