If you followed the content of the previous posts in this series you’re probably now admiring the stunning new resin floor before you. Well done! You deserve a big pat on the back, but beware; like many people you may have missed something that can lead to big headaches down the track. I’m talking about the right resin floor maintenance and the take-home message is – you need to be clear on what it’ll take BEFORE choosing the floor. (Lucky you haven’t really finished yet!)
Can I maintain the maintenance?
The main question to ask yourself is – will I be able to stick to the maintenance regime required to give the resin floor the best chance of looking as good, performing as well and lasting as long as it should? If the answer is no, then another colour, finish or flooring type may be a better option.
Mopping isn’t always the resin flooring answer!
What does it take to maintain a resin floor? They will all benefit from regular cleaning and inspection, however the maintenance will vary depending on the type. For example, anti-slip floors need to be kept functional; if it’s clogged up with foodstuffs it isn’t going to protect anyone. The degree of anti-slip will also play a vital role in determining how you clean. Can you simply mop it or will you rely on scrubbing and flushing with water? A quick hint for those with a commercial kitchen – if the correct slip rating is used, you won’t be able to mop!
For the smooth resin floors, it’s all about preserving the sheen. There are a few topcoat and treatment options to help reduce maintenance demands and choice of colour will also be influential, however a lot depends on good ol’ fashioned TLC. Strictly observing good practices like lifting and not dragging furniture items, cleaning footwear, quickly detecting and repairing damage etc. will help your resin floor look better for longer. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer for a maintenance guide and consult with the applicator to make sure you’re clear.
Beware other trades
An important note on floor care relates to the timing of application in relation to other trades. Putting down a resin floor before others get their chance may be convenient in some cases, however it may also mean it cops a fair bit of punishment before you even have a chance to step foot on it.
If you have any questions about resin flooring maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.