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Epoxy Floor Care Tips & Best Practices

Maintaining your epoxy floor is straightforward but must be done regularly. Proper floor care will extend the life of your floor and will keep it looking its best.

How many of the following epoxy floor care best practices do you follow?

Clean industrial epoxy floor.

How Do You Clean a Commercial Epoxy Floor?

The frequency at which you clean your epoxy floor is totally up to you, but we recommend at a minimum sweeping or dust mopping the floor every week*. This prevents debris from building up and scratching or digging into the epoxy. A thorough full cleaning should be done once every couple of months.

 *Clean up any spills or chemicals immediately.

Sweep Everything

Start by giving the floor a good sweep with a soft bristle broom*. Remove any dirt and pieces of debris you may collect.

This typically is a quick and easy process which is why we recommend doing it frequently. A couple minutes of sweeping may help you discover missed objects like nail, glass or bits of metal that can pose not only a safety hazard, but these objects could scratch or damage the epoxy floor if driven over by forklift or dragged around in the wheels of a cart.

 *If you have a lot of space to clean, a wide dust mop also works.

Address Marks and Stains

Most types of stains or marks that you will run into can be removed using a concentrated solution of Simple Green floor cleaner and water. Apply liberally and scrub using a nylon hand brush. It may require multiple applications to fully remove the marks.

You can avoid additional time spent cleaning them off by keeping an eye out throughout the week and taking care of the problems when you see them. That way a layer won’t build up and make it more difficult to remove from the epoxy floor.

Finish With a Good Mopping

This is my personal favorite part. Bringing back the shine to an epoxy floor is just a great feeling.

Mix up a batch of cleaning solution. If you don’t know what to use, check out the section below for some ideas. Take your mop and cleaning solution and just go for it. Frequently wash the mop and change out the water if you notice it getting dirty quickly.

Admire Your Work

Step back and take a minute to bask in the glory of a nice clean epoxy floor until someone gets it dirty again. If you notice a film or haze as the floor is drying, you may need to go back over it with water to prevent that from happening. It’s not an uncommon occurrence for some cleaners or soap to dry that way.

What Is the Best Cleaner for an Epoxy Floor?

For general-purpose cleaners, we like Simple Green mixed in a 1:8 ratio with water (1 part cleaner to 8 parts water) or half a cup of ammonia mixed with 1 gallon of hot water.

Most general-purpose cleaners are fine to use on an epoxy floor. But types that should be avoided are corrosive, solvent, vinegar, or citrus-based cleaners. Vinegar and citrus cleaners will not destroy your floor, although repeated use will eventually dull and remove the shine from it.

Always double check with the manufacturer before using a new cleaner to make sure it is compatible, especially if you have a warranty.

How Long Do Epoxy Floors Last?

Epoxy floors can withstand a substantial amount of abuse over many years without failing. There are factors that affect lifespan like the amount of traffic, whether it is exposed to corrosive chemicals, how often it is cleaned, how it’s maintained, etc. So, it can vary wildly.

However, a properly applied and maintained epoxy floor should see a life span of 8 to 15 years. Proper care and maintenance can extend the timeline beyond that. Epoxy floors that are exposed to heavy traffic and wear will have a lower lifespan of 5 to 10 years. If the floor is exposed to things like corrosive chemicals, abrasives, seeping water, these issues must be swiftly addressed to prevent permanent damage. It is also important that the epoxy floor system is built for the conditions it will be subject to.

Decorative broadcast epoxy floor.
Decorative broadcast epoxy floor.

How Is Your Floor Holding Up?

If your floor is more than 20 years old or is showing signs of decay, contact us and we can help you determine the best next steps.