How to Clean and Maintain Your Polyaspartic Floor Coatings: Polyaspartic floor coatings are a great way to protect your concrete floors and make them look their best. But, like any other coating, it must be appropriately maintained and cleaned to ensure it looks good and remains bulletproof for years to come. In this blog post, we’ll share five pro tips on cleaning and maintaining your polyaspartic floor coatings (the right way).
We’ll look at the best ways to remove dirt and debris without damaging the coating, how often you should clean, and how to prevent future wear and tear. With these tips, your floors will stay beautiful and last a lifetime.
A polyaspartic floor coating is a type of flooring system used as a heavy-duty, fast-curing alternative to traditional epoxy coatings. It is a two-part, solvent-free system that coats concrete floors and other surfaces. Polyaspartic floor coatings are known for their durability, fast curing time, and resistance to UV damage.
The polyaspartic coating is applied in two layers: the first is a primer, and the second is the actual coating. The primer helps to ensure that the coating will adhere to the surface properly and creates a strong bond. The coating layer is a high-performance blend of polyaspartic resins and other additives that provide excellent protection against wear, chemicals, and UV rays. The coating also helps improve the floor's appearance, making it look more attractive and professional.
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Polyaspartic floor coatings are an excellent choice for any flooring application due to their numerous benefits. Firstly, polyaspartic coatings have superior abrasion and impact resistance, making them ideal for areas that experience a lot of foot traffic or heavy machinery. They also dry incredibly quickly, making them ideal for a fast installation or repair project.
Additionally, polyaspartic coatings are highly resistant to chemicals and staining, making them ideal for industrial and commercial settings. Another benefit of polyaspartic coatings is that they are UV and weather-resistant, allowing them to be used indoors and outdoors without fear of fading or cracking.
Finally, polyaspartic coatings are incredibly durable and long-lasting, meaning that once they have been applied, they will provide protection for many years. They are also much easier to clean and maintain, adding to their value. In short, polyaspartic floor coatings offer numerous benefits that make them a superb choice for any flooring application.
Although polyaspartic floor coatings are incredibly durable and resistant to the elements, proper maintenance and cleaning are still required to ensure the maximum lifespan of your floor coating. Let's dive into our five pro tips for cleaning and maintaining your polyaspartic floor coatings:
While some people might laugh at the notion of vacuuming their garage floor, we recommend vacuuming or sweeping your polyaspartic floor at least once per week (once every other week at least) to ensure its longevity.
Vacuuming or sweeping will reduce the loose debris that naturally builds up on high-traffic floors like garages, basements, kitchens, or anywhere else you have a polyaspartic floor covering, and in turn, will reduce the potential for unwanted scratches or abrasion.
Use a soft-bristle broom or vacuum head to avoid scratches caused by pushing the debris into the floor. If once every week or once every other week sounds unattainable to you, use your best judgment and remove dirt and debris from your floor as needed.
Regularly mopping your polyaspartic floor coatings with a ph-neutral cleaner is crucial for the longevity of the flooring. Polyaspartic floor coatings are a durable and attractive solution for flooring, but they require regular maintenance to maintain their shine and durability.
The pH-neutral cleaner helps to keep dirt, dust, and grime from building up on the floor and prevents it from becoming dull and discolored. It also helps to protect the floor from wear and tear, which can lead to damage over time.
Another reason to use only pH-neutral cleaners/detergents is that polyaspartic is not resistant to highly acidic compounds. Don't make the mistake of using a highly acidic cleaner on your polyaspartic floor, or you could risk its integrity and shorten its lifespan.
In addition, regularly mopping your polyaspartic floor coatings with a ph-neutral cleaner helps to keep the floor sanitary. This cleaner is designed to remove bacteria and harmful germs that may be present on the floor. It also helps to keep the floor smelling fresh and prevents the growth of mold and mildew.
Keeping your polyaspartic floor coatings clean with a ph-neutral cleaner will help extend the floor's life and keep it looking great for many years to come. Make sure to vacuum or sweep before mopping to avoid scratching your floor with loose debris.
A general rule of thumb with any floor is to clean up spills immediately after they happen. While polyaspartic is tremendously resistant to stains and corrosion, maintaining your shiny and beautiful new polyaspartic floor coating by spot-cleaning stains and spills is still a critical practice.
This is especially true if you are unsure of the chemical makeup of a certain spill or stain. As mentioned before, polyaspartic is not resistant to highly acidic compounds like battery acid, so the sooner you remove the containment, the less damage it can do.
This tip might seem a contradiction since polyaspartic floor coatings are known for their abrasion-resistant nature. But because polyaspartic is resistant to abrasion does not mean it will do a perfect job of resisting abrasion for an infinite amount of time.
Like all other matter, polyaspartic breaks down over time, and when repeatedly exposed to harsh chemicals, cleaners, and scraping, it will do so at a more accelerated pace. Think of your floor coating as a first line of defense and not as a one-and-done preventative measure against the elements.
So do yourself (and your floor coating) a favor and only use non-abrasive cleaners and cleaning methods. Doing so will prolong the life of your floor, keeping the concrete below free from harm and corrosion. We recommend using products such as Simple Green Floor Care or similar.
Make sure to regularly seal your polyaspartic floor coating at least once every 6-12 months. Hundreds of products on the market claim to do the job, but make sure you read each label carefully to ensure the one you choose is specifically designed as a clear coat finish for polyaspartic flooring.
If that seems overwhelming, please get in touch with us to schedule your polyaspartic floor coating maintenance, and we will ensure your floor sealing is done right each time.
While this step isn't essential in maintaining your floor, we recommend it to all those looking to keep their polyaspartic flooring in shape for an extended lifespan.
The benefits of cleaning and maintaining your polyaspartic floor coatings are numerous. First and foremost, regular cleaning and maintenance will extend the life of your floor coatings. This is because dirt, dust, and debris accumulate over time, leading to wear and tear on the coating. Regular cleaning and maintenance can remove this debris and help prevent damage.
Additionally, regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your floor looking new and shiny and protect it from potential stains and discoloration. Finally, regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep your floor free of bacteria and fungi, which can be a health hazard.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your polyaspartic floor coatings are essential to ensure they remain to look their best and last for many years to come. Stop waiting to install a polyaspartic floor coating in your home or business; contact us today and schedule your installation with one of our highly skilled installers!