How to Make Epoxy Floors Clean & Shiny
If you’ve got an epoxy floor in your residential, industrial, or commercial property, it’s good to learn how to best clean and maintain its shine to keep it in top condition. Here are our expert tips for your epoxy floor maintenance:
Keep the floor free of dirt and grit.
If there is dirt and grit on epoxy floors, you should remove it as soon as possible or it can cause minor abrasions or scratch the epoxy coating. Moving machinery and having vehicle traffic can make it even worse. While some scratches are inevitable, having many over time can make them appear more obvious so it’s best to prevent them as much as possible. Before moving your machinery on the floor, check that it is clean of dust and grit.
You can either choose to sweep or vacuum (with a soft brush attachment) your floor to remove dust, dirt, and debris.
Use warm or hot water to clean.
Warm or hot water with a mop or soft brush will do the job to clean most spills and stains. If you need to clean an entire floor that has built up stains and has been heavily soiled, sweep or vacuum the area first. Then use a hard foam mop with warm/hot water to clean away most of the dirt. Create a mix of ½ cup clear ammonia and 4L of water to mop a second time.
Clean up oil, paint, chemicals, and car-related solutions immediately.
Any car-related and other harsh or abrasive chemicals should be cleaned as soon as possible with a towel or paper towel. If they sit on epoxy floors for too long, they can permanently damage them.
Don’t use soap-based, citrus, and vinegar solutions to clean.
Soap-based floor cleaners will make your epoxy floor look cloudy over time so it’s best to avoid it.
Don’t use hard bristles or rough materials to clean the floor.
If you’re trying to get rid of a really tough stain like rust, you can slightly scrub the spot with a kitchen scrubbing sponge or a soft deck brush. Don’t use steel wool or harsh chemicals.
Cleaning up debris, dirt, and spills as soon as possible and routinely will help to protect your epoxy floors in the long term.