Cleaning epoxy floor covering is relatively easy. A primary reason many people choose epoxy is because it is easy to maintain. Even though epoxy is resilient to stains and dirt, regular maintenance is required to keep the shine. There is some cleaning advice that should be followed. The information helps keep epoxy floors looking good for a long time.
· A dust mop will take care of 90 percent of epoxy floor cleaning. Dirt and dust do not stick to the floor. Using a dust mop a few times each week will keep the floor clean.
· If the floor has exposed saw cuts or contraction points, use a broom or vacuum monthly to clean the accumulated debris.
· When fluid leaks from cars or spills occur, use a soft cloth to wipe them up. If a film is left, use a window cleaner to remove the film.
Heavy Duty Cleaning
Epoxy floors that are subjected to a lot of dirt and traffic should receive a thorough cleaning every three or four months. Foam mops are preferred to string mops. String mops leave streaks and do not clean as well.
The wrong cleaners can fade or de-gloss the shine. Others leave a filmy residue on the surface. Simple Green is an approved cleaning solution. It comes in a spray bottle. The recommended ratio to water is 8 to 1. Spray sections of the floor and scrub with a damp mop. Use hot water and the mop to rinse the floor when finished. This method works especially well on road salts and deicing fluids that have dried on the surface. The Simple Green strength may need to be increased.
Ammonia is another acceptable cleaning solution. Use one-half cup of ammonia per gallon of hot water. Apply with a foam mop. Rinse frequently to rid the mop of dirty residue. The floor can be dried with a clean towel or allowed to air dry.
Salt and rust stains require a bit of elbow grease. A calcium, lime, and rust cleaner mixed with warm water in a one-to-one ratio should be applied directly to the stains. Use a scrub brush or pad and rinse with clean, cold water. Do not allow the solution to sit on the surface for more than a couple of minutes.
Do not use vinegar or citrus cleaners. They contain acid that slowly de-glosses the epoxy finish. Cleaners with soap should not be used either. Soap leaves streaks and a film that reduces the shine of the finish. Soap also causes floors to be more slippery when wet.