Resin flooring, especially epoxy floors, is known for its durability, aesthetic appeal, and long-lasting finish. However, these attributes can only be sustained with proper cleaning and maintenance.
At Trusty Tread, we know the importance of clean resin floors, and the positive impact they have on people, and their homes. We’ll make sure you know how to restore your epoxy flooring to former glories, and to maintain them for years to come.
Resin floors, despite their hard-wearing nature, require regular cleaning. Cleaning helps maintain their glossy finish, prevent discoloration and scratching, and uphold the longevity of the floor.
A well-maintained resin floor is not just aesthetically pleasing but also contributes to a safer environment by reducing the chance of slippage due to dust and grime build-up.
Resin flooring can be cleaned in various ways, depending on the level of dirt or type of stain. Here are some common methods:
For regular cleaning, you’ll hopefully find a mop is the best tool in restoring the shine and lustre to your resin flooring, and we have a step-by-step guide for you to follow.
Begin by removing any loose dirt or dust from the surface using a soft deck brush or vacuum cleaner.
Mix a pH-neutral floor cleaner with warm water according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Use a damp mop to clean the floor. Make sure the mop isn't soaked – it should be just wet enough to clean without leaving excess water.
After mopping, rinse the floor with clean water to remove any residual cleaner.
Finally, dry the floor thoroughly to prevent water spots or streaking.
Microfibre mops are the best choice for resin floors. They effectively clean without scratching the surface and are excellent at absorbing moisture, ensuring the floor dries quickly.
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A mechanical floor scrubber can be a highly effective tool when it comes to cleaning resin floors, especially in larger spaces. They offer a thorough cleaning and are capable of removing stubborn dirt and grime with ease.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your epoxy resin floor using heavy machinery.
As with the mop cleaning process, start by removing loose debris and dust from the floor. Use a deck scrubbing brush or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to ensure that the surface is as clean as possible before you start using the mechanical scrubber.
Fill the scrubber's solution tank with a mix of warm water and a pH-neutral floor cleaner. Ensure you follow the manufacturer's instructions when preparing the solution to avoid damaging the floor or the machine.
Start the scrubber and guide it across the floor. Begin at one end of the room and slowly work your way to the other, overlapping your path to ensure you clean the entire surface evenly.
After cleaning resin floor surfaces with a machine, turn off the scrubber. Empty the recovery tank and refill the solution tank with clean water.
Pass the scrubber over the floor once more, this time with clean water, to rinse off any leftover cleaning solution.
Most mechanical scrubbers have a drying function that vacuums up excess water. If yours does, use it to dry the floor. If not, mop up the remaining water with a dry mop or towels to prevent water spots or streaks.
Remember, mechanical scrubbers are powerful tools, so it's important to use them with care. Avoid using overly aggressive scrubbing brushes or pads that could damage the floor's surface.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines when using a mechanical scrubber for resin floor cleaning. Regular maintenance of the scrubber will also ensure its effectiveness and longevity.
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For stubborn stains like oil or paint, use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with a mild, pH-neutral detergent. Gently rub the stained area until the stain lifts. Be sure to rinse the area with clean water afterward and dry it thoroughly.
Steam cleaning is not typically recommended for resin floors, including epoxy floors. The heat and pressure can potentially damage the floor's sealant and finish.
Soap-based cleaners are not recommended to clean resin flooring because they can leave a residue, dulling the finish and potentially making the floor slippery. Instead, use a pH-neutral cleaner for safe and effective cleaning of epoxy floors. Always spot-test any new product and consult with a professional cleaning service when in doubt.
The same advice applies to citrus cleaners, and most household cleaners, due to acidity. These are the preferred method in removing stains from most kitchen floors, but they aren't a good wet cleaning option for epoxy resin.
If you are looking for handy tips that help you maintain the appearance of epoxy flooring, it makes sense to implement a floor cleaning regime. With this guidance, resin floor cleaning becomes a simpler task, and you can say goodbye to your dirty epoxy floor.
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Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
They can scratch and dull the surface of the epoxy floor.
Wipe Spills Promptly
To prevent staining and slipping.
Use Protective Pads
Under heavy furniture to prevent scratches.
Avoid Dragging Heavy Items
This can cause scratches or gouges in your resin floor.
Routine sweeping or vacuuming, coupled with regular mopping using a pH-neutral cleaner, should keep your resin floor in top condition. Remember to promptly handle spills and consider annual professional cleaning for larger spaces or heavy traffic areas.
Resin tiles can be cleaned using the same steps as resin floor cleaning. However, pay extra attention to the grout lines, where dirt and grime can accumulate. A soft brush and a mild cleaner can be used where grime gathers on an epoxy floor.
A pH-neutral floor cleaner is the safest and most effective choice for resin floors. Avoid cleaners containing acids, alkalis, or other abrasive components as they can dull or damage the floor's surface. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using cleaning products on a resin floor.
We know the challenges heavily soiled epoxy floors cause homeowners and businesses, and we also understand the impact and importance of a clean resin floor.
Trusty Tread is always on hand to help you care for your epoxy floors, and no matter the mess, we'll ensure your resin floor looks great today, and for many years to come.
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