Use a Dust Mop Regularly
The most important thing you can do to keep your epoxy floors clean is to keep them dusted. A dust mop, preferably one that is at least two feet wide, is an important tool to have on hand. When left unattended, dust and dirt can damage the coating’s surface, but a dust mop can easily remove them. Plan to dust once a week. If you keep up with this task, then your maintenance will be even easier.
Wet Mop Occasionally
Every three to four months, use a wet mop and an epoxy cleaner to mop the floor. This will get up any grit or grime that has become stuck to the floor but is not touched by the dust mop. To ensure you are not just moving dirt around, make sure you rinse the mop often in the cleaner. After mopping, allow the floor to air dry.
The type of wet mop is less important than the type of cleaner. However, microfiber mops do a very good job. Look for one that is made of commercial quality.
For your cleaner, look for one made for epoxy floors, or make one using a half cup of ammonia to a gallon of hot water. If you do not have ammonia, mix one part of Windex with three parts of water to make another option.
Tackle Stubborn Stains
Firstly, you always want to clean spills with a cloth immediately after they happen. Especially in garages, make sure to watch out for oil or chemical spills since these can damage your epoxy floor.
However, if a stain does develop, you may need to get on your hands and knees to scrub it. Use a soft scrub pad with the water and ammonia mixture to tackle the stain without damaging the coating. Never use bleach!
Know What Not to Use on Your Epoxy Floors
As you choose cleaners and cleaning methods, make sure you don’t use certain cleaners on your epoxy floors. Citrus and vinegar-based cleaners contain acids that will destroy the gloss of your floor coating. Soap is also damaging and can leave streak marks or a film on the surface of your floor.
It is not difficult to clean epoxy floors. In fact, ease of maintenance is one of the reasons many people consider this floor cover for their homes. If you have an epoxy-coated floor, use these tips to keep it shining for many years to come.
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