How to Clean Epoxy Floor Coating
While an epoxy floor coating is a great way to protect your garage floor from many types of damage, actually cleaning it requires proper techniques. Ironically, damaging an epoxy coating is very easy to do if you don't know how to clean it properly. Doing a safe, effective job of cleaning an epoxy floor is relatively simple as long as you know what you're doing. What follows should give you all of the information that you need to properly clean an epoxy floor coating.
Step 1 - Prepare the Floor
Dirt, debris, and any other hard particles can all damage epoxy. While epoxy is waterproof, it is vulnerable to scratching — and scratched epoxy is not waterproof. Any particles left on an epoxy floor for a long period of time will grind back and forth, slowly scratching it. This effect can also happen if an epoxy floor with particles on it is scrubbed or washed. Because of this, it's very important to sweep your epoxy floor coating regularly, and in particular before washing it.
Take this time to remove all stray particles from your garage with your broom. Cover the entire floor, even if it means moving furniture around. This step is important and you should be thorough.
Step 2 - Collect the Materials
Mix the solution you will use to clean your floor. Get your bucket out and put 1 gallon of water in it. Put in 1/3 of a cup of dish soap. Mix the two ingredients together in the bucket thoroughly.
Step 3 - Mop the Floor
Soak your mop in the bucket, and mop your floor. Make sure to cover the entire floor.
Using a mop made from a synthetic fabric such as rayon is the best choice. A mop made from natural fibers can get stuck on your epoxy floor coating and leave bits of itself behind, which can lead to problems in the future.
Step 4 - Scrub the Floor
Mopping the floor will often be enough to get it clean. However, it's possible that your floor will have a few problem spots that require a little bit of extra attention. If this is the case, get out your scrubbing brush and scrub the relevant areas of your floor.
Be sure to use a brush with soft bristles. Hard bristles are just as capable of scratching your epoxy floor coating as sand rubbed in repeatedly, so using soft bristles is very important.
Step 5 - Finish Up
Rinse off your floor thoroughly to remove as much of the soap as possible.
Now that your floor is clean, it's time to remove all of the excess water that's currently on it. Leaving your floor wet can cause it to be slippery, as well as giving mold and mildew a place to grow.
The best way to dry the floor of your garage is with a foam squeegee. Use the squeegee on your floor, dumping the excess water in your bucket as the squeegee fills up.