How To Maintain a Shiny Epoxy Garage Floor

Given the tough stains, tire marks, and other abuse garage floors experience, how do you maintain a shiny epoxy garage floor?

Applying epoxy floor coatings leaves your concrete surfaces with a unique glossy finish that adds elegance. However, many homeowners often have concerns about how long this glossy finish will last.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. Read on to learn a few techniques you can use to keep your epoxy garage floors shiny for years to come.

Maintaining a Shiny Epoxy Garage Floor

One of the main advantages of having epoxy floors stems from how easy they are to maintain. With consistent care, you can enjoy your floors’ attractive shine for much longer.

Continue reading to find out how to maintain a shiny epoxy garage floor.

Take Protective Measures

Epoxy garage floors remain one of the most durable surfaces. However, their durability doesn’t make them indestructible. Therefore, we recommend taking protective measures to limit the damage your epoxy floors experience.

For instance, fit pads to the bottoms of furniture with sharp, metallic legs. Laying soft cushions where you park your car can also help.

The more protective measures you have in place, the longer your epoxy floors’ shine will last.

Perform Regular Cleanings

Maintaining a diligent cleaning schedule can go a long way in protecting your epoxy floor surface from losing its shine.

A quality 24″ or 36″ dust mop works best for routine cleanings because it effortlessly removes loose dirt and dust in a few quick swipes. You should also consider purchasing a soft bristle push broom for removing tough stains.

Deep Clean the Floor Annually

Deep cleaning the floor either annually or semi-annually can also help you maintain a shiny epoxy garage floor.

Simply pour hot water across the entire surface and dry it with a squeegee. Thanks to its nature, doing this once or twice a year will help restore the epoxy’s shiny look.

Some homeowners often use soap while cleaning their epoxy floors. However, we advise against using these types of cleaners.

Soap can leave streak marks and hazy films on the epoxy surface that will impede its shiny finish. Additionally, the film can make your epoxy garage floor much more slippery when wet.

Attend to Tough Stains Immediately

Eliminate tough stains as soon as you spot them. Investing in a few all-purpose cleaners will do the trick. Just be sure to read the label to ensure the cleaner you get won’t damage your epoxy floors.

For instance, avoid using citrus cleaners or vinegar on your floors. Such acidic cleaning solutions gradually de-gloss the surface’s coating and finish over time.

To remove tough stains, dip a soft cloth in your chosen cleaner, wring it out, and rub away the stains by hand.

Wax the Floor

Epoxy floor coatings have a gloss finish that won’t require regular waxing. However, applying a few coats of wax once in a while can help you maintain or bring your floor’s luster back.

When waxing, you should follow some specific steps for best results, such as:

  • Remove the furniture from your garage
  • Sweep the floor to remove dust and loose dirt
  • Wipe your epoxy floors with hot water
  • Leave them to dry completely
  • Mix water and a floor sealer in a bucket
  • Apply the solution and leave it to dry
  • Mix water and floor wax in a bucket, ensuring you adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Apply the wax using a continuous motion
  • Apply a second coat of wax
  • Leave it to sit for a while before resuming the use of your garage

Hire Professionals

You can never go wrong with hiring professionals to maintain your shiny epoxy garage floor. Reputable contractors have the training and experience needed to maintain or restore epoxy floors, giving them the brand-new look you desire.

Your Trusted Coating Company

Are you looking for a professional concrete coating company in the Wisconsin communities of Rice Lake, Eau Claire, Hayward, or the Minnesota towns of Cloquet or Duluth to help with your coating needs? Speak with Armor Coating Company today.

We have a team of highly skilled, experienced contractors specializing in polyurea and polyaspartic flake coatings. On top of that, we also offer professional salt pit removal services in the area.

Work with us today and enjoy quality services with top-notch craftsmanship and 15-year warranties.

Do the epoxy garage floors in your Hayward, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Duluth, or Cloquet home need professional attention? Get in touch with Armor Coating Company at (715) 934-9037 and learn how to maintain a shiny epoxy garage floor.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Long Will The Concrete Coating Last?

We use the highest quality materials in our polyaspartic floor coatings and we’ve perfected our application process to make the concrete coating permanent.  Once completely cured and adhered, the concrete coating is meant to last as long as the substrate it’s adhered to.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Over Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings dry more quickly than Epoxy Floor Coatings, and the finish is also more durable.  Our floor concrete coating finishes are also more slip-resistant and will not discolor like some Epoxy Floor Coatings.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

Our flooring cures within a few hours, however our team of professionals recommends waiting at least 4-6 hours before walking on your brand new concrete coated flooring. After 12 hours, you can begin moving lightweight objects onto the flooring, like light patio furniture.  We recommend waiting a full 24 hours before moving anything heavy back into the area where we’ve applied the coating (your car, heavy equipment or furniture etc.).

Will My New Concrete Floor Coating Turn Yellow?

It sure won’t! Our concrete floor coverings will not yellow or discolor, because they are UV stable. This  one of the many benefits of using Polyurea or Polyaspartic floor coatings.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

How Long Does It Take You To Apply Concrete Floor Coatings?

We’ve perfected our 6-step application process, so most typical projects take between 5-10 hours depending on the square footage.  We pride ourselves in a one-day application, and will do everything possible to stay within that time frame.  Rainy weather can delay the project, but it is rare.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming, and hoses.  We offer maintenance services should your concrete flooring ever need cleaning, however you can also use non-abrasive cleaners, like CLR, to remove grease or other stains. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Armor coatings are oil resistant as well as moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyaspartic Coatings?

Bayer Material Science first developed Polyaspartic coatings in the 1990’s to protect steel bridges and infrastructure from rusting and corrosion. It has since been modified for different applications, once being durable concrete flooring coatings.

What Are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?

Polyaspartic Concrete coating is another name for Aliphatic Polyurea, which is a hybrid material consisting of ester and other materials. It was originally developed to coat metal bridges.  It was later used to coat concrete flooring due to its durability and moisture resistance. Polyurea is also used to coat truck bed liners.

Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used Outside?

They sure can!  We offer wonderful solutions for driveways, patios, and even the area around the pool.  Our coatings are all UV stable, which will help prevent discoloration or flaking.

What Types Of Environments Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used?

Polyaspartic flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Polyaspartic Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, basecoating, applying chips, scraping the chips, and applying the clear UV protective clear coat. 

Can I Apply Polyaspartic Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are safe to apply in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees.

How Long Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Take To Dry?

Our Polyaspartic Floor Coatings are engineered to rapidly cure, and can be dry in a matter of a few hours!  However, we recommend waiting at least 5-6 hours before walking on newly applied coating and 24 hours before moving heavy objects back onto the flooring.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

Installing Polyaspartic Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! Our team at Armor Coatings is certified in Polyaspartic Floor Coating installation and have many years of experience.

Is It Possible To Cover Existing Epoxy Floor Coating With Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

It is!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are specially formulated for their incredible adhesion properties.  If you have existing patches of epoxy coating, our team can sand it down, vacuum, and wipe down the area with a solvent.  Once prepped, we will apply your new, superior, Polyaspartic Floor Coating