3 Secrets for Extending the Lifespan of Your Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
An epoxy floor coating can extend the life of your garage by many years. The coating keeps spills off the concrete, which not only makes the floor look cleaner, but also protects the floor from damage from corrosive elements like oil or acidic cleaners and other materials. The coating also protects the floor from the wear and tear of foot and equipment traffic, as well as from water damage over time. Plus, the coating gives the floor a nice sheen that makes it look much more inviting than the drab concrete.
But what is protecting your epoxy floor coating? You don’t need to coat the coating to protect it, but you do need to take care of it with proper maintenance. Fortunately, these floor coatings require very little maintenance to keep them looking great and lasting a long time. Here are three simple things you need to do to extend the lifespan of your epoxy garage floor coating:
You may not see the light coating of dirt and dust on your shiny epoxy-coated floors, but you will certainly feel it when you walk out to the garage to grab something out of the car or that spare fridge. Not only is it a nuisance, but it can also damage the floor coating over time. It can cause scratching or even wear away the coating over time.
All you need to do to deal with regular dirt and debris is to sweep your floor regularly. For your home, you just need to sweep your floor at least once a week. However, if you own a business or you just have a lot of traffic in your garage, you should sweep the floor every day. The regularity just depends on the amount of dirt you collect. You may have more if you have a lot of kids or pets. Just know that you can’t hurt the floor by sweeping it too much.
You won’t need to mop your garage floor too much. After all, you aren’t serving dinner in the space. However, you will need to mop it once a week in commercial or high-traffic areas in order to protect the epoxy floor coating. Mopping will get up any sticky residue or materials that could slowly erode the floor coating.
If you have a residential or low-traffic floor, you can mop it just once a month. Always use a neutral cleaner and a microfiber mop to clean the floor without damaging it. Acidic cleaners can etch the floor (stay away from anything with citrus or vinegar), and soap-based cleaners can leave behind a hazy film.
Clean Spills Immediately
The garage is rife with liquids that can damage your epoxy floor coating. Oil, gas, brake and transmission fluid, and even cleaners for your car or your home can all seriously damage your floor. You need to clean these items immediately. Materials containing acids and strong chemicals will react to the epoxy in the floor coating, so you may not be able to prevent damage, but you can minimize it by cleaning it immediately.
Keep a stack of dry, clean rags or towels in your garage so they are handy when spills happen. Clean the liquids and then follow up with a rinse or cleaning with a neutral cleaner to prevent further damage to the area.
You don’t have to do a lot to maintain your epoxy floor coating, but you do need to put in regular effort to ensure that it continues to look great and it enjoys a long life. The coating will keep your garage floors healthy, saving you money and hassle in the long run. Make sure you do what you need to do to keep your epoxy coating healthy so that it can keep doing its job.
If your epoxy floor coating is starting to look a little worse for wear, contact Barefoot Surfaces in Arizona for a fresh look. We offer garage remodeling and concrete floor finishes, including decorative concrete overlays, stained concrete, metallic epoxies, and concrete sealing. If your garage doesn’t already have a floor coating, now is the time to seriously consider installing one. These coatings will transform the look of your garage and will protect your floors. They will instantly elevate the look of your home and make your business look more professional. Call us in Arizona today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with one of our garage floor experts.
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