Care and Maintenance of Epoxy Flooring Systems and Coatings
Daily Maintenance of Seamless Floorings and Floor Coatings
- Sweep the floors daily.
- If abrasive particles are present they should be removed by mopping with common household detergents and rinsed completely. Be sure not to use the detergent at a concentration higher than that recommended by the manufacturer of the floor cleaning material. Be sure to test any cleaner that you haven’t used before on a sample of the Seamless Flooring Material or Seamless Floor coating. You may want to be sure to prepare these samples as you are installing the floor so they will be available to you at a later time.
- Promptly remove grease, and other contaminants from the surface of the floor.
- Be sure to rinse off all chemical solutions that may attack the surface.
How Do I Wax a Concrete Floor?
Concrete floors are a top choice for many homeowners instead of other expensive flooring alternatives, especially in homes already built on concrete slabs. You can acid-stain concrete, add a colorant to the mix during pouring, or paint over its surface and add a sealer to protect the concrete. But regardless of its sealant, to protect your concrete floor from stains and abrasions from normal foot traffic, add wax as a sacrificial surface coating for high-traffic areas.
Apply a concrete sealant to the floor before waxing it. Let it dry thoroughly, at least 12 hours before applying the wax coat, although an acrylic sealant should be dry to the touch after 30 to 60 minutes.
Precondition the microfiber floor mop before applying wax to the floor. Add wax to a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the mop head to moisten it. A microfiber mop does not leave behind lint or cloth debris in the wax. It applies the wax in an almost glass-like state, offering the best results.
Work in a pattern across the floor by starting in one corner and working your way to the door or room’s exit. Smooth the wax onto the floor using the microfiber mop in a nondirectional way, such as swooping it in loops or figure 8s. Avoid applying it in repeated rows, as doing so could lead to buildup of mop lines on the concrete’s surface.
Let the wax product dry thoroughly before applying additional coats, which is dependent on humidity, air temperature and product recommendations, generally 1 to 2 hours. Apply more than one coat for high-traffic areas. For example, industrial or commercial use generally requires six coats of wax for added protection.
Buff the floor with a floor buffer or polishing machine if you used a buff-in wax that requires buffing to burnish it. Matte buff-in products don’t provide as high a sheen on the floor, but it works the wax more into the floor, providing better protection.
How to Wax a Stained Cement Floor
Whether your cement floor is stained to resemble marble, Tuscan architecture or just a solid color, proper maintenance is key to enhancing the floor’s durability. Cement floors are usually topped with a sealer to extend the life of the stain and help waterproof the floor. These sealers can scratch or stain, and replacing the sealer is a tedious and often expensive process. A wax layer on top of the sealer adds shine and helps protect the sealer from everyday traffic damage.
- Allow the layer of sealant on the cement floor to dry completely. This usually takes at least 24 hours from the time it’s applied.
- Remove any furniture from the room. Clean the floor thoroughly with a vacuum and damp mop. Let the floor dry.
- Add painter’s tape the to the edge of baseshoe molding or baseboards to protect them from any wax that might touch them as you mop.
- Pour the wax into a spray bottle. Cement floor wax comes in several types, so look for a liquid designed for residential use. Most residential-grade floor waxes don’t require buffing and dry with a shiny finish after being applied with a mop.
- Spray the bottom of the microfiber mop with the wax in the spray bottle to condition the mop. Lay an even line of spray along the bottom, making two to three passes with the spray bottle. The mop should be damp, but not wet.
- Start in the far corner of the room, away from the entrance door. Spray the wax on the floor in an even layer, in a narrow swath about 6 feet long.
- Wipe the wax with a microfiber mop. The lint-free quality of a microfiber mop is important in creating an even shine on the floor. Wipe in a large, circular motion, moving back and forth along the sprayed area.
- Spray the next area of the floor, then wipe the wax with the mop. Make sure to wipe away any drops that sprayed onto the area you’ve already mopped. Continue spraying and mopping the floor in sections until the entire floor is covered with wax. Let the wax dry overnight before replacing the furniture in the room.
How to Clean Mahogany Wood Floors
Mahogany is a term used to describe a variety of different dark-colored woods. It is reddish brown, has a straight grain, no grooves or pockets and it is durable. These traits make it a popular choice for flooring. When cared for properly, mahogany floors can last a long time. Proper care of mahogany floors is fairly straightforward; they need to be cleaned and polished regularly with a gentle cleanser. The ingredients you need to clean mahogany floors can usually be found in your cupboards.
- Remove all dirt, dust and debris from your mahogany floor. Sweep thoroughly before wet cleaning. If necessary use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt, dust and debris from beneath furniture and other hard-to-reach places. Use a dust mop daily to remove fine particles and prevent them from dulling the finish on your floor.
- Mix 1 qt. of warm water and 1 qt. of undiluted vinegar in a mop bucket. Submerge your mop in the solution and swish it around to mix the two ingredients. Wring your mop out, so it is moist but not saturated.
- Mop your mahogany wood floor in small sections. Submerge and wring out your mop as needed. Wipe excess moisture from each section with a soft cloth.
- Moisten a soft cloth with olive oil. Polish your mahogany floor in a circular motion with the cloth. Allow the olive oil to set for about 30 minutes, then wipe up the excess olive oil and dry the floor to a shine with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Weekly Maintenance of Seamless Flooring and Floor Coatings
All seamless flooring and floor coatings should be mopped on a regular bases with a neutral soap or detergent, and completely rinsed. Be sure not to use the detergent at a concentration higher than that recommended by the manufacturer of the floor cleaning material.
Be sure to test any cleaner that you haven’t used before on a sample of the Seamless Flooring Material or Seamless Floor coating.
Mop should be rinsed often. Synthetic mops tend to work better on textured surfaces than cotton mops. The water should be changed frequently as well. Smooth floors are easily cleaned this way. It may be necessary to give extra care to areas that are subject to heavy traffic, hard rubber wheels, and steel wheels that leave marks. In these situations you can use the methods used for textured floors for these more difficult to remove contamination.
Textured systems may require the use of a stiff bristled brush or floor scrubber to reach to bottom of the anti-skid texture. Severe problem areas can be treated as follows:
Grease is typically removed by Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or other commonly available biodegradable cleaner. Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department with your specific questions.
Removing Dairy Products
Dairy products should be removed immediately as they may cause staining on some types of seamless flooring and seamless floor coating systems.
Tire Marks Removal
Scrub the area(s) with a stiff bristled brush and using the same biodegradable floor cleaner that you are using to mop with.
Stubborn Dirt or Stain Removal
When you are trying to remove stubborn dirt or stains, allow the biodegradable cleaner to set in the area for a little while longer and do the work for you. Then completely rinse to area to remove the cleaner and the dirt.
You should always rinse strong chemicals as quickly as possible completely from the surface. Chemicals allowed to dry on the surface typically become more concentrated as they dry. That may cause the chemical to get concentrated enough to stain or even attack the seamless floor or seamless floor coating.