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3 Things That You Shouldn't Use To Clean Your Epoxy Garage Flooring

by Ricardo Hart

Epoxy is the perfect floor treatment for the garage since it's affordable, extremely durable and looks really nice. You probably know that routine cleaning is important if you want your epoxy flooring to maintain its shine, but you might be worried that you will somehow damage this finish. Although epoxy is pretty durable, there are some cleaning methods that can cause damage to the epoxy, so make sure that you avoid these ways of cleaning. Then, you won't have to worry about causing damage to your nice garage floor.

1. Acidic Cleaning Solutions

Skip your favorite acidic cleaning solutions, such as homemade solutions that are made from vinegar and water or any type of cleaning solution that has citrus fruit as an ingredient. The acids can wear away at the epoxy over time and can cause your finish to become dull. Instead, pick an everyday household cleaner that isn't acidic, or use a degreasing solution to maintain the smooth finish.

2. Soap

Don't use regular soap, such as dishwashing soap, to clean your epoxy flooring. If you aren't careful to get rid of every bit of the soap, your floor's coating will take on a hazy finish that will be tough to remove. Plus, leftover soap can make your flooring more susceptible to dirt and grime and can cause it to be "sticky" rather than nice and smooth. Instead, you should only use cleaning solutions that do not require a rinse after use, and make sure that you dilute them well according to the instructions on the bottle.

3. Abrasive Cleaning Pads

It might be tempting to grab an abrasive cleaning pad so that you can scrub at a particularly stubborn stain, but abrasive pads are too harsh to use on an epoxy floor. Even if you're careful, you could still scratch the finish. This can leave your epoxy flooring with a scratched-up, not-so-smooth appearance. Plus, once one part of your flooring is scratched, it will be easy for more epoxy to chip away over time. Always use a soft dust broom for cleaning and a soft mop or a brush with soft bristles instead.

Keeping your epoxy flooring looking nice is probably a priority, and you will help it to keep looking its best by cleaning it regularly. However, if you use any of these three things while cleaning, you could do more harm than good for your floor. For more information, contact a professional like those at Floorshield Inc.