When you have made the decision to use epoxy flooring in your garage, your home, or your workplace, you have made a great choice. The ease of cleanup and maintenance is a great reason for choosing it. However, there are proper steps to be followed when cleaning and maintaining it. You should consider these as they will keep your flooring nice and clean for many years to come. Regardless of the type of coating (polyurea, polyurethane, or polyaspartic), these tips still apply.
Let’s talk about your garage floor epoxy. We imagine the finish results were exactly as you wanted them. Maybe even exceeded your expectations. But now you will want to maintain that same quality of flooring as long as possible. We want you to be mindful of the traffic that will occur on the day in and day out use of the space. We are talking about tires and even shoes. These track in dirt and grime onto the epoxy flooring surface. Be aware that, over time, this dirt will cause a sanding effect on the surface of the flooring, regardless of how small the particles are. It could lead to a diminished gloss on the garage epoxy or flooring.
Purchasing a good quality dust mop should be on your shopping list. We commend a big enough one to accommodate the size of the area (usually 24 to 36 inch should suffice). You can grab one at any of the home improvement shops in your area. Or even order one online.
The one thing that dirt and grime has going for it is – it doesn’t stick to the flooring. So a weekly sweep with the dust mop should capture all of those particles and get them swept away. Just remember to clean the dust mop as well. Otherwise, you will be sweeping with particles trapped in it, which will scratch at the epoxy flooring. The simple sweeping up of the garage flooring will be the biggest piece of your ongoing maintenance.
If you don’t really care for the dust mop option, you can use a soft bristle push broom. They are quite effective on flooring that has an anti-slip coating on it. They usually will not scratch the epoxy surface, if used correctly. And again, make sure they are not building up contaminants on the brush. If so, clean them before using again.
Sweeping isn’t going to be all that effective with getting into the tight corners or tracks in the floor. You can use a vacuum to clean out any dirt and grime from those spots easily.
Once you have swept up the epoxy flooring, you might be wondering what kind of cleaner is recommended. We would say warm water and a bucket should do just fine.
Soap-based floor cleaners will leave a dull film on the surface. If the surface is heavily soiled, you can add 5 ounces of pure ammonia per gallon of water. Use a good hard foam mop and that should be enough to get the job done. Tackling any spills or stains as they occur is always your best option. Keep some paper towel, soft cloth, or a clean rag on hand and wipe it up right away. If it leaves a shine on the epoxy, you can give it a quick drop of Windex to get rid of that as well.
Putting the sweep up of the space on a weekly schedule and the mopping on a monthly one, should help you keep your epoxy flooring shining on for a long, long time!