How Long do I Need to Stay off my Polyaspartic (Epoxy) Coating After it is Installed?
In general, we recommend that you don’t walk on a Polyaspartic new coating for around 4-6 hours. However, you should wait 12 hours before moving medium-weight objects onto their surface, including fixtures like boxes or patio furniture. You should also wait at least 24 hours before moving anything heavy, like cars or toolboxes, onto the coated area.
Dirt & Grime:
All flooring collects dirt and other debris over time. As debris builds on the floor, it serves as an abrasive to the underlying coating as vehicular and foot traffic travel over the surface. Dirt, sand, and other debris should be removed to limit potential abrasion on the floor. Sweeping with a nylon brush from time to time will help to limit dirt and grime buildup on your floor – especially in winter months where sand and other de-icing agents may be tracked onto the floor.
After Installation Cleaning Agents:
The use of household soap and detergents is discouraged as those products often leave a film on the surface. This film can become difficult to remove with simple rinsing. Residual film from soap may also become slippery when wet and can actually attract debris, causing the floor to look dirty and grimy. Floor stripping agents, citrus-based cleaners, and corrosive chemical de-greasers are also not recommended as they can damage a floor if they are applied and left to sit for an extended period of time. A simple mixture of a PH neutral cleaner such as Simple Green® diluted with water is recommended for regularly scheduled maintenance.
After Installation Cleaning Procedures:
- Sweep the entire floor to remove any loose debris and dirt with a dry mop and/or soft-bristled broom. Although our floors are impermeable, these substances will act as abrasives. If they are not regularly removed,
- Dilute a PH-neutral biodegradable cleaner such as Simple Green® as per manufacturer recommendations. Rinse with clean water and mop with diluted cleaning solution. Rinse the floor with clean water and use a wet-vacuum or squeegee.
- Depending on how soiled the floor is, a second rinsing may be required to remove excess residue. Use a wet-vacuum or squeegee to remove excess water. Allow the floor to dry prior to returning to use.
Difficult Stains: For heavily soiled areas, a small amount of acetone solvent may be used to help clean the surface. Avoid excessive use of strong hydro-carbon solvents. When using solvent, allow for 2-3 hours after cleaning for the solvent to dissipate.
Pressure Washing: If using a pressure washer, water pressure must not exceed 1000 PSI at the nozzle. Avoid direct close-up pressure washing as well as the use of pulsating or rotating nozzle heads as they may damage the floor.
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