Industrial epoxy flooring is a popular choice in Austin because it’s economical, durable, yet easy to maintain. It can be used in laboratories, processing plants, medical facilities, and any high-traffic environment and resist everything from chemical spills and forklift traffic to cart wheels and abrasion. Keeping an industrial epoxy floor looking and performing its best doesn’t require much more than a simple cleaning protocol. Here is how you can maintain your epoxy floor for years to come.
Grit and dirt on the epoxy can become embedded in the surface and lead to damage over time. Sweeping daily or using a shop vacuum to remove grit is an easy and important step to maintain the appearance of the epoxy, especially in environments with vehicle traffic and moving machinery. While an epoxy floor coating is very resistant to abrasion, it’s still a good idea to keep the floor free of grit to extend its lifespan.
Neutralize and Clean Spills Quickly
Epoxy flooring resists chemical damage and isolates spills on the surface. Still, the epoxy won’t resist chemical damage forever. Some chemicals can change not only the appearance but also the function of your epoxy coating if allowed to sit for too long. Spills should be cleaned up promptly to avoid damage to the epoxy as well as the concrete substrate. Always keep a neutralizing agent close at hand to neutralize spills before they are washed away.
Protect the Floor from Damage
Don’t count on epoxy’s strength instead of taking easy steps to protect it from damage. In a factory, welding mats are recommended for welding areas. Heavy loads can also be placed on plywood to protect the floor. Plywood can also be placed under jack stands that bear heavy loads. A walk-off mat is recommended at entry doors to the facility to help remove water and grit that can pose a slip hazard or contribute to wear on the floor.
Tips for Cleaning Industrial Epoxy
Your epoxy floor can be cleaned as needed with diluted ammonia at a ratio of 2-3 ounces per gallon of hot water. This solution can be applied with a microfiber mop. Most cleaning solutions work well on epoxy but citric acid and vinegar should be avoided because they can degloss the surface. Soap-based cleaners should also be avoided because they may leave a soapy buildup that makes the floor slippery when wet.
Rust spots and stains can be treated by lightly scrubbing with a soft brush. TSP and CLR are effective and safe cleaners that can treat grease, organic stains, and rust without harming the epoxy. Industrial-grade epoxy can even be power washed or hosed down when done properly if you have cove protection installed. You can follow this with a squeegee for a thorough clean.