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How to Care for Your Epoxy Floors

Updated: Apr 2


How to clean epoxy floors using broom, vacuum, soap in your garage

Epoxy floor coatings create a durable surface that is designed to stand up to the abuse life throws at it. With a polyaspartic topcoat, your new floor is tougher than concrete and resistant to chemicals, abrasion, UV rays, and slips. The industry standard for factories around the world, epoxy floors are proven easy to maintain, even with handling heavy forklift traffic with pallets and other heavy objects shifting around. Use the tips below to keep your floors looking brand new for years to come.


Summary

  • Remove hard debris occasionally using a leaf blower, vacuum, or broom.

  • Mop once a quarter with warm water. Avoid using soaps, citrus cleaners, or vinegar.

  • Wipe up oils, anti-freeze, and other car-related chemicals to avoid them sitting on the surface for too long. Please dispose of them properly!

  • Spot scrub stains lightly using a kitchen sponge or soft deck brush and warm water. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers (i.e. steel wool) or harsh chemicals.


Light Cleaning

Your new epoxy floor will hide leaves, pollen, dirt, sand, rocks, grass clippings, liquids, hardware, etc. better than your old concrete floor. These everyday objects can be swept up, vacuumed, wiped up, or blown off of your floor with a leaf blower. We recommend an occasional light cleaning with a sponge mop and bucket of water to remove soft dirt and stains.



Heavy Cleaning

We recommend a deep clean once or twice per year to remove heavy stains and grime. A non-acidic floor cleaner (our favorite is Zep Industrial Purple Degreaser) or a neutral-PH cleaner may be added to water for an extra bit of help. Use a sponge mop or scrub brush like the one pictured below to break up the grime. Keep in mind that if using a chemical, you should also perform a water-only rinse.


Scrub brush is used to clean epoxy floors



Products to Avoid

There are some products that should be avoided while cleaning your new epoxy floors, as they have the potential to cause damage.

  • Soaps - Soap-based cleaners are very slippery while wet and can leave a haze or streak marks over the floor if not completely rinsed off. Some soaps also contain acids that can slowly remove the glossy finish.

  • Abrasives - Avoid using any abrasives such as sandpaper, steel wool, scouring pads (i.e. Scoth-Brite pads), or aggressive sponges. These abrasive products can cause small scratches or loss of the glossy finish.



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