Epoxy resin floors are often favored because they can withstand heavy foot traffic and their surfaces are not conducive for bacteria. This makes them an excellent flooring option for kitchens and restaurants. However, this doesn’t mean that you do not need to properly clean and care for your resin floor.
Just as there are many types of resin floors, there are many ways to maintain one depending on the floor you have. There are a few key things you need to know that can make a difference to your floor’s lifespan and durability.
- Understand the uniqueness of your resin flooring system.
It is said that no two floors are ever alike, even those that are in the same building. That is because every flooring solution is unique. This is often determined by the location, environment, temperatures and amount of foot traffic it is going to support. Knowing the composition of your resin floor will give you a better understanding of what things you are actually trying to clean up.
- Know what cleaning materials are best for your particular floor.
Once you know your flooring’s composition and purpose, the next thing to understand are the chemicals you will use to clean it. Are you more concerned with simply keeping the floor spotless or do you also want the floor to be regularly disinfected? While most protective resin floors are highly chemical resistant and can be unaffected by common cleaning agents, using the wrong cleaning agent on decorative resin floor can affect the appearance over time. Knowing the chemicals and active ingredients in those agents can help you better understand anything that happens in case something goes wrong. We always recommend a PH neutral cleaners on our floors.
- Assess the cleaning skills of the people tasked with the floor’s maintenance.
This applies even if it is you who is mostly in charge of cleaning. The methods for maintaining a resin floor are as varied as the floor cleaning products and the floors themselves. Some of these can range from the basic microfibre spray mop, mop-and-bucket to a fully powered mechanical scrubber or a high pressure washer. Check to see if you or your cleaning staff have both the right skills and tools for the floor that you have.
- Gather additional input from providers.
You must also remember that knowledge is key to taking proper care of your resin floor. The final check should be done by consulting all providers involved. This includes the flooring supplier as well as the professional technician who installed it. All these people may have a few facts about your floor that you may not be aware of. In addition, they might also have some recommendations on how to go about cleaning it.
Most flooring applicators or suppliers as a minimum, should atleast have a conversation with you about proper maintenance and cleaning of your floor.
Lastly, with all these things in mind, it makes a lot more sense to discuss cleaning options even before installation. There is no set way unless you know what your floor is for, what it can withstand and what methods are best for the job.
On the other hand, preparing yourself with this knowledge will ensure that your new floor will see out its full life expectancy.