Extend the Life (and Look) of Your Commercial Floor Coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Commercial floor decrotive chip epoxyWe continue to install more commercial coatings that will have a lot of traffic on them.   Some will see mostly foot traffic, while others are subjected daily to automobile, forklift and lift jacks.   These coatings differ in their construct, but regardless of whether it’s a showroom or a warehouse floor, cleaning and maintenance is a must.

Unlike a residential garage floor, where it requires minimal cleaning (mostly just sweeping off the stones), commercial floor coatings may require a cleaning regiment that has different daily, weekly and monthly activities.  So, we have compiled a list of 10 tips to help extend the life of your epoxy flooring:

  1. Clean up those spills.   For acids and strong chemicals, clean these immediately, as only some certain topcoats withstand long term exposure or immersion.   Leaving spills can cause the floor to discolor and some chemicals may even cause the coatings to soften.
  2. Ensure wheels on equipment are maintained.   This is especially critical on fork trucks and any equipment with steel wheels, as imperfections in the wheel often will scratch and mark.
  3. When needed, polish the floor using a polymer floor wax to restore gloss and fill in minor scratches.   This is more important for high traffic and high abuse floor coatings.
  4. For coatings receiving high traffic, clean the floor regularly using the proper cleaning solution (see recommendations below).  Always spot test any new cleaners prior to use on entire floor.   Rinse the floor completely after cleaning to ensure no soap film/residue remains.
  5. For heavily soiled areas of the floor coatings, consider using mechanical cleaning equipment.
  6. Avoid the use of stiff bristle brushes as they can dull the coatings.
  7. How to take care of floor coatingsSweep the coatings daily to remove stones, dirt, leaves and other materials that can scratch or mark the floor (this is very important if wheeled traffic traverses the coatings).
  8. Take precautions to avoid dropping or dragging heavy and/or sharp objects on the floor coatings (including pallets). Carry or use a hand truck when transporting boxes, pallets and other objects.
  9. Place pads on the legs of chairs, tables and other furniture to prevent scuff marks and scratches on the epoxy coatings.
  10. Do not use any cleaners or paint strippers that contain Methylene Chloride. This chemical is designed to remove epoxies and urethanes.

Can I purchase the cleaners and floor waxes from Stronghold Floors?

No.  We do not carry any of these materials, but we do have recommended suppliers.   There are two different cleaners we recommend:    915 (a water dilutable cleaner) and 916 (a high-sudsing water based concentrate for use in auto-scrubbers).   Both are available in 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers from Formula 4 Coatings. Drums may also be available, but not positive on that.

Does Stronghold Floors perform cleaning services?

We do not.  We stick to coatings.   But, our experience is that any good janitorial company or floor cleaning company will have the proper equipment and know-how to assist with a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly deep cleaning of commerical floor coatings.  Typically, it doesn't matter if the commercial coatings are epoxy, urethane or polyaspartic in regards to cleaning.

In Central PA, we recommend a company called Advanced Cleaning & Restoration. They have assisted several of our commercial customers and have pre-cleaned (degreased) concrete for us on several commercial projects prior to our beginning prep & coat activities.


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