Ease of maintenance is one of the key reasons for the popularity of epoxy flooring for heavy duty industrial applications such as warehouses and factories.
Epoxy flooring is one of the most durable materials around and can stand prolonged rough treatment in harsh conditions, but it does require a little TLC every now and then to keep performing at its best.
If you’ve just installed an epoxy floor – or want to know about the cleaning and maintenance requirements of epoxy floors before signing on the dotted line – you’ll find the following information useful.
This guide from Epoxy Flooring Perth outlines effective cleaning and maintenance protocols which will minimise the risk of accidental damage to the epoxy coating and ensure that you get optimum performance and longevity from your investment.
It is crucial to remember that any newly laid epoxy floor needs time to cure and it must not be washed with water until the curing cycle is complete. The time requirement depends on the nature of the application, but your professional epoxy flooring company will advise you on the timeline.
Epoxy flooring is extremely durable and its impermeable surface is resistant to most substances. That’s why it’s the first choice for so many industrial applications such as warehouses, meat and food processing plants and factories. While it is unlikely that spills will cause deep mechanical damage to the floor, it is important that every spill is cleaned up immediately and that substances don’t ‘settle’ on the surface. Aggressive chemicals, fuel and oils may change the colour of the flooring, so it is really important to react immediately if there is a spill.
We recommend a regular programme of cleaning and sweeping to prevent dust or dirt from accumulating on the surface. Gritty particles can act as an abrasive which may result in premature ageing of the surface. A mop or a broom with soft bristles is ideal for this purpose.
Non slip epoxy floors are designed to withstand temperature extremes and rough treatment in terms of heavy equipment and high foot traffic. However, they don’t need rough treatment when it comes to care and cleaning.
Only use warm water for cleaning and make sure that the chemicals or additives you intend using have been recommended by the flooring company.
If you choose the right cleaning materials, your epoxy flooring will stand the test of time.
For smaller spaces or obstinate spills, you can use a sponge scourer, a plastic scraper or a soft squeegee-type of mop. Avoid anything with hard bristles or sharp edges as these will act like sandpaper and scratch the floor’s surface.
An industrial floor scrubber can be used to clean bigger expanses of floor, but it is imperative that the right type of equipment is used and the right operating procedures followed.
A regular cleaning and maintenance regime is your best insurance policy for the long-term high-performance of your epoxy floor. Always check with the professionals if you have any concerns about spills, cleaning products or cleaning equipment and always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Remember, a regular routine of cleaning will ensure that your epoxy floor remains:
Epoxy Flooring Perth is a well-established leader in the design and installation of high quality epoxy floors across all industries in Western Australia. Visit their website www.epoxyflooringperth.com.au to find out more about their quality, long-lasting and non-slip flooring options or to make an obligation-free appointment with one of their friendly, experienced team.