Epoxy floor coating is a popular choice, as it makes even floors that face lots of heavy traffic, tough stains and dirt, easy to clean. The fact that it is also quite strong and comes in different attractive colors make this type of material quite popular for basements, patios and even dog kennels.
In most cases, there is little work involved in cleaning a garage that has epoxy floor coating. Cleaning garages with this type of flooring is easy for anyone to do. Some of these are:
- Even though this seem like basic, common sense, you should sweep the floor once per week unless there is so much debris that you need to do it a little more often. A dust mop is a good choice since epoxy coating does not allow dirt to stick to the surface of the floor. It is best to use a good quality dust mop, as poor quality mops may leave behind fiber.
- Another no-brainer, but one that is often overlooked, is the need to wipe up any spills right away to prevent stains. Leaving spills until they set in is never a good idea with any type of flooring, including epoxy floor coating. Paper towels or a rag is generally all that is needed to quickly wipe up spills from the floor.
- If there are cuts in the floor or there are designs with etchings, it is a good idea to vacuum at least monthly to control the buildup of dust.
- Cleaning away stains and grease sometimes need a good scrubbing with a scouring pad, but care needs to be taken to not remove the sheen from the floor. You can use dishwashing fluid and warm water to improve the cleaning epoxy flooring, especially grease.
- Remove tire marks by placing some degreasing fluid or a cleanser on the marks for a minute or two before cleaning with a brush. A brush with stiff nylon bristles is best. If your car constantly leaves tire marks on the floor, you should clean them away as often as you can.
Maintaining Epoxy Flooring
If your garage floor gets a lot of traffic and beating, such as an area where maintenance work on the vehicle takes place, you should give the floor a thorough cleaning every three or four months. To properly scrub your floor at this stage, use a foam mop and a cleaning solution. You can buy a commercial cleaner or make your own from mild soap and water. You can easily use a hose to rinse your garage floor after each major cleaning.
You should make sure the garage is empty so as not to damage anything stored inside. The floor should also be one where the water will run off and not settle as this can damage the flooring. While epoxy flooring tends to be shiny, it can lose its sheen with excess scrubbing or if it is old. When this happens, you can polish it to get back the shine. Despite being tough, durable, and dust and dirt repelling, epoxy flooring will only retain its look if it is maintained regularly and properly.
To clean and maintain epoxy floor coating you need the following:
- Good size dust mop
- A foam mop
- A brush with nylon bristles
- Rags and/or paper towels
- Cleaning solution: If you do not want to buy a commercial cleaner, you can make your own using a solution of ammonia and hot water or dishwashing and water. If you choose to use commercial cleaning solutions, follow the recommendations of the epoxy manufacturer.
(For more information on epoxy floor coating, contact Beauty-Crete)