Epoxy flooring is praised for its durable, resilient nature and sleek finish. True, this flooring can take a hit or two and still look as good as the day it was installed. A lot of the time, it can last up to 10 years or longer. In fact, Epoxy Colorado offers a lifetime warranty with residential applications!
But despite its endurance, you should still take the necessary actions to extend the lifespan of your flooring system. Epoxy flooring needs to be tended to just like any other part of your home or commercial building.
1. Use Mats and Rugs
Protect your flooring before harm can take place. Mats and rugs are a great way to assure the longevity of your epoxy flooring. This is especially important in high traffic areas.
If you work with heavy machinery, be sure to place mats down where they can prevent scuffs and scratches. If you have epoxy flooring in an area with high foot traffic, place a simple welcome mat at the entrance so your guests won’t track in anything too abrasive. And for domestic settings such as basements, place down a rug to reduce possible damage.
2. Keep Them Clean
Another vital step in setting your epoxy flooring up for years of use is to keep it clean. Dirt and debris can potentially scratch your flooring.
Take the time to sweep the area with a dust mop or soft bristle push broom every day. Address spills right away. Not only is cleaning important in keeping your floor shiny and scuff-free, but it also helps you avoid excessive build-up that can lead to a more difficult clean up.
3. Use Safe Cleaning Supplies
When you perform your regular cleanings, take extra care to assure the solutions you use are epoxy safe. Avoid cleaners with any kind of acidic ingredients as they can eat away at your epoxy’s glossy finish over time. This includes natural cleaners with ingredients such as citrus essential oils or vinegar. You should also avoid soap-based cleaners so you don’t leave behind any unpleasant sudsy film. Instead, use a ph neutral cleaner with a surfactant. This will trap dirt and dust.
4. Use Support When Using Heavy Machinery
If you have epoxy flooring in a garage or warehouse you’ll need to be even more active in preserving your epoxy flooring. Heavy machinery can take a toll on epoxy over time, which will entirely depend on the type of epoxy flooring system you have installed.
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It’s vital that you use support when operating forklifts and other material handling equipment. Invest in support blocks and be careful not to drop heavy objects on the epoxy if possible.
5. Address Stains and Damage Promptly
Epoxy is sturdy but it’s not invulnerable. Stains and damage are a possibility. When an issue does arise, be sure to address it right away to reduce further damage down the line. Scratches in high traffic areas could grow if not attended to. Stains could potentially become more difficult to clean if left to absorb for too long.
Be proactive when you notice any issues with your epoxy flooring and you can enjoy it for years to come!
Needing to get your epoxy flooring recoated? Contact us today if you live on the Colorado Front Range to tune up your flooring so you can follow these tips the next time around!