How To Take Care Of & Maintain Commercial Epoxy Floors In Sarasota
While most commercial epoxy floors are super tough, they still need to be cleaned and maintained. You've invested in your flooring already whether you inherited the epoxy flooring after buying the Sarasota building or you paid to have it installed. You realize that regular care is necessary, but just what type of care is involved?
The good news is that commercial epoxy floors are very easy to clean and maintain. In fact, many business owners over-do the cleaning process and wind up etching the surface finish.
Others hire a cleaning company with technicians who have no idea what to do, and what not to do, when taking care of the commercial epoxy floor maintenance.
To avoid dulling the finish and footing the bill for professional repairs, here's how to care for and maintain your Sarasota commercial epoxy floors.
Clean Loose Debris Away Regularly
Since we live in Sarasota, FL, a state made mostly of sandy soil, your commercial epoxy floors will need to be regularly swept. Otherwise, the abrasive sand will get ground in and moved along the epoxy floor surfaces because of all the foot traffic inside your building.
However, you don't want to actually sweep the sand, dirt, and debris away. While the surface is glossy and highly durable, sand can cause etching in the finish over time. Instead, you should use a large dust mop every day to remove any loose sand and dirt. If your business isn't very busy or you don't have many employees, you can get away with dust moping less often.
Removing the loose debris is the most important maintenance you'll do, and the dust mopping makes it all fast and easy. The dust mop will just glide right along that nice smooth surface!
Cleaning & Mopping Commercial Epoxy Floors
Contrary to the popular advice blogs floating around the internet, the last thing you want to do is to regularly clean your commercial epoxy floors with chemicals like ammonia. They simply don't need it and this type of regular cleaning will eventually etch the finish.
- To clean your commercial epoxy floors, simply use a damp mop with hot water. You can easily use as much water as is needed on the mop to remove soil because the surface is completely waterproof.
- Add mild soap or dish detergent to the water to remove stubborn grime. You can let the hot water and soap mixture sit on the surface to loosen stuck-on grime.
Removing Sticky Stuff & Stubborn Stains
While it's tempting to use chemicals on sticky gum, scuffs, or stubborn stains, we mentioned above that it will eventually etch the commercial epoxy floor finish. If there are gum wads, tire marks, or any other super sticky stains that won't come off your commercial epoxy floors, then spot clean the area using the following methods.
- First try using a wet melamine sponge like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
- Then you can try a citrus solvent and a firm-bristled scrub brush. Let the solvent sit on the stain for up to five minutes before scrubbing the tire marks or gum off.
- Then rinse the area thoroughly. It's as simple as that.
- Be sure you don't use the solvent near open flames or cigarettes. Also, don't get the solvent on your skin or in your eyes!