How to clean epoxy floors
Epoxy floors are easy to maintain. A lot of people get their garage floors epoxy coated because it makes them so much easier to clean. Just like with anything you want to keep looking new, you have to perform general maintenance, and a deep cleaning every few months. Just a few simple tasks will keep your epoxy floors looking beautiful and in excellent shape. There are several guides online to show you how, but here are our best tips:
What Do You Need To Clean Epoxy Floors?
You’ll find what you need in general cleaning supplies to clean epoxy floors. You’ll need:
- Dust Mop
- Nylon Broom
- Stiff Nylon Brush
- Dust Pan
- Foam Mop
- Dry/Wet Vacuum
Soft Absorbent Cloths
Ammonia Cleaning Solution
CLR (Lactic Acid-Based Cleaner)
Dust Mop Once A Week
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Vacuum Joints Once A Month
If you have saw cut joints (expansion joints) in your floor, be sure to vacuum the joint once a month to remove build up. Use a crevice tool and dry/wet shop vacuum or something similar to do the job.
Clean Up Spills IMMEDIATELY With A Soft Cloth
Spills can happen at anytime. Be prepared to clean up any spill quickly, because any liquid left standing too long may damage your epoxy floors. Even water. Clean up any spill IMMEDIATELY with a soft cloth. If any residue is left, use a mixture ratio of ½ cup of Ammonia, and 1 gallon of hot water. Put it in a spray bottle, apply to the area and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
What Is The Best Cleaner For Epoxy Floors?
You never want to use a cleaning product that contains soap, or creates bubbles. This will leave a film on the epoxy floor, giving it a dull cloudy look. What you want to use is a solution of ammonia and hot water:
½ cup of Ammonia
1 Gallon of Hot Water
So, to answer the question, “What do you clean epoxy with?”… It’s Ammonia and Hot Water. That’s it. No miracle cleaner. Just keep it simple.
Can you use bleach on epoxy floors?
Absolutely NOT. No soaps. Nothing other than Ammonia and Hot Water.
Use A Foam Mop
Make bucket of ammonia solution (above), and a bucket of plain hot water. Use the cleaning solution to clean the floor. Now, rinse the floor with the plain hot water bucket. When done, dry the floor with a soft towel.
How Do You Deep Clean Epoxy Floors?
Deep cleaning maintenance should be done 4 times a year, or every 3 months. In addition to regular maintenance, a deep cleaning will keep your floor in top shape.
Deep cleaning involves moving furniture, vehicles, and just generally clearing things off the floor so it can be cleaned properly.
For this type of cleaning, you are definitely going to need a dry/wet vacuum. The vacuum will come in handy. Be sure to vacuum corners, baseboards, and all cuts/joints in the cement.
Get tough stains out with a stiff nylon brush. Use the ammonia water solution, and scrub until the stain is gone. Rinse the area with clean water, and dry with a soft towel.
If it’s a super tough stain, then use a Lactic Acid-Based cleaner (like CLR). Use one part CLR and one part warm water. Use a nylon brush to clean the area. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft towel.
Epoxy flooring covers and protects your entire garage floor. It’s a great idea to keep your investment clean and looking beautiful. Keeping a cleaning schedule isn’t that hard, and the results speak for themselves. Keep things simple, clean, and your expoy flooring will last for years, even decades.