An epoxy floor is a great investment that many residential and commercial locations make, primarily because epoxy offers a layer of protection on your floor all while remaining aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean. However, without the right cleaning methods and techniques, you could actually cause damage to your epoxy flooring, without even realizing it. About to clean your epoxy floor? Here are some easysteps to properly and effectively clean an epoxy floor:
- Prepare the Floor
Although epoxy is water-resistant, it’s actually vulnerable to scratching: hard particles such as dirt or sand can damage epoxy by grinding and scratching the surface over time—leaving behind scratches and scuffs that cannot be easily removed. It’s important to thoroughly sweep away all of the dirt, debris, and other particles from your epoxy floor often and whenever you’re cleaning it in order to prevent this.
- Mopping the Floor
Epoxy floors do not require a strong cleaner to effectively clean the surface. Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia on your epoxy. Instead, take a bucket filled with a gallon of water and mix in a 1/3 cup of dishwashing soap to use as a cleaning solution. Use a mop made with a synthetic fabric like rayon instead of a mop made from natural fibers, if possible. Mops made with natural fibers can leave pieces of those fibers behind and can stick to the epoxy coating.
- Spot-cleaning and Scrubbing the Floor
Thoroughly mopping the floor is enough to clean the surface of your epoxy floor. However, if you have difficult spots that require extra attention, you may need to scrub these areas. Make sure you use a scrubbing brush that has soft bristles; a brush with hard bristles can scratch up your epoxy floor.
- Rinsing and Drying the Floor
Finally, make sure that you rinse your floor off completely to remove the soap. Afterward, remove the excess water from the floor by using a foam squeegee. Leaving the water stagnant can lead to mold and mildew growth if not completely dried.