Maintenance and Cleaning Tips for Commercial Epoxy Floors
How to maintain and clean epoxy flooring. These tips will help to keep your commercial epoxy floors looking fresh and new, without the hassle of having them professionally cleaned or re-coated with a sealant. You should make sure to do the following:
Products to use:
Use a solution of soap and water. Start the first cleaning with a coarse brush, then mop it up with a wet sponge mop. Use a good detergent, such as dishwashing liquid mixed in hot water.
How do I know if my floors need refinishing?
If you have experienced recent spills or accidents, or if you have tracked in dirt or other substances on your floors, and the problem area appears dark and dull, it might be time to refinish.
What does a sealer do?
A commercial-grade sealer is applied over the top of the epoxy once it has been properly cured. A formula that contains ultraviolet light absorbers should be used to provide protection from fading and staining. The sealer also provides a textured finish so that dirt does not become as easily trapped within the floor.
Epoxy is a tough, durable material. However, it is still susceptible to physical damage from sharp objects dropping on the floor or other impacts that may result in a chip or crack. These types of damages may not be immediately noticeable; however, over time, they can affect the appearance and functionality of the flooring. If you notice a chip on your floor, it is important to make sure that it has not penetrated all the way through to the substrate beneath. If this is the case, you will need to have an epoxy professional refinish your floors with new material before applying a sealer.
If you are noticing scratches on your floor, but there are no chips along with them, then these scratches can be easily filled using an epoxy grout filler and then re-coated with a fresh layer of the product followed by a sealer. A grout filler contains particles that match your existing color and can be blended with the surrounding areas to create a seamless repair.
Who should I call for help?
If you are noticing that your floor is losing its shine or if you find that it has become dull and grey in color, then chances are, there is dust and dirt inside your epoxy and the only way to get rid of it is by using a stiff-bristle brush to scrape out all embedded particles. You will not be able to remove all of these types of residues without this method; however, after brushing, remember to rinse off your floors thoroughly with water before allowing them to dry completely. If left alone over time, such particles will work themselves up through the surface of your coating and cause dulling or staining.
For professional assistance, you need to contact an epoxy refinishing company. These professionals are trained to perform these types of repairs and will be able to recommend the best ways in which your floors can maintain their appearance for as long as possible. They also use only the highest quality materials that will not break down over time or lose strength due to fading. The products they use contain ultraviolet light absorbers so that they provide protection against stains and fading even when exposed to regular sunlight. As well, the sealers applied on top of the coating keep dirt trapped within its texture so it does not become easily embedded into the floor itself again. Finally, higher grade finishing are particularly resistant to chipping and scratching, therefore maintaining a higher level of durability during the course of their lifespan.
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