In factories, the main objective is productivity, with other areas such as cleanliness all a low priority. Over time, your factory floor will develop an accumulation of oil, grease, paint and other chemicals.

Many factory owners are aware of this and prepare for it by implementing an epoxy floor coating. These coatings repel most common stains and reduce their ability to become absorbed into a porous concrete floor. However, this doesn’t grant you a license to never clean your factory again.

Epoxy floor cleaning must be performed with care, as even through the coating is highly robust; there are certain activities which can degrade its strength.

Post-installation Tips

Try and avoid foot traffic for 24 hours after the installation. This will allow sufficient time for the coating to set. For seven days following installation, try to avoid the following:

  • Placement of heavy items (e.g. vehicles, machinery, full pallets)
  • Washing the floor with water

Regular Epoxy Floor Cleaning

You’ve gone to the effort of having an epoxy floor coating installed, don’t put this to waste by damaging it! Strong, abrasive cleaning products aren’t necessary and should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately most supermarket and hardware store items are highly acidic or alkaline. Both of these have the ability to damage an epoxy coating and the underlying surface.

Solvent cleaners such as acetone have been used in the past, but nowadays most factory managers avoid cleaning with these due to the negative health effects they can induce.

When scrubbing the surface, avoid using hard bristles as these will have the same effect as sandpaper. Sweeping with a soft-bristled broom is fine, and it’s actually recommended that this is conducted regularly. This will reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt, which when left to accumulate can become abrasive.

In a factory environment, chemical and oil based spills are almost unavoidable. These often happen in the middle of production when employees are at their busiest. However, it’s important that these spillages are controlled as quickly as possible. Absorbent material should be used to collect the spill, such as sand, or kitty litter.

If your epoxy floor becomes scratched, act on it immediately. A scratch leaves the coating and the underlying surface susceptible to moisture and chemicals. Contact an epoxy coating professional to have the coating repaired and reinstate your level of protection.
Routine Deep Cleaning

The basic epoxy floor cleaning tasks discussed above will do wonders to preserving your coating for years. However to ensure it looks it’s best and doesn’t develop any inconsistencies which may erode it down the line, we recommend periodic epoxy floor cleaning. For busy factories we usually conduct this every six months, and for those which are unable to perform any regular day-to-day cleaning, we visit those close once every one to two months.

Deep cleaning ensures your epoxy isn’t discoloured from various spillage and treats scratches and other blemishes before they cause issues. Routine cleaning is quicker than irregular cleaning and avoids being left with a difficult mess to clean when cleanliness is critical (when you’re handing back the keys to the owner or being inspected).

The Graffiti Eaters perform deep epoxy floor cleaning throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. We can remove and replace coatings when necessary, and even remove or replace your floor line markings. With 40 years’ surface restoration experience, our engineers have the knowledge and experience to keep your coating looking perfect.