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Old 11-27-2011, 04:56 AM   #1
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Default Best way to clean epoxy floors

I've tried cleaning (mopping) my epoxy floor but have not been able to eliminate the mop streaks after it dries. I've used different detergents, vinegar, etc but no difference. I always rinse mop with clear water but still the same results. Any suggestions people?
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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Just wondering if it is discoloration of the epoxy. Does it rub off completely with a dry rag?

I also have had experience with similar problems cleaning vehicle paint and found that some detergents used in pressure washers have special ingredients to remove a fine layer of clay dust. The clay dust bonds electrically to the paint and causes it to look dull after cleaning. With the special ingredient (no idea what it was or is) the car finishes very clean. However, hand wiping with a cloth would remove it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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Please tell me,

What is a epoxy floors?
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:16 AM   #4
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Epoxy is generally used to cover large cement surfaces. These floors are very durable, resistant even to chemical spillage. The epoxy coating generally makes floors easy to clean because most stains and debris won't stick to these floors. Regularly cleaning your epoxy floor will increase its longevity.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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I've tried cleaning (mopping) my epoxy floor but have not been able to eliminate the mop streaks after it dries. I've used different detergents, vinegar, etc but no difference. I always rinse mop with clear water but still the same results. Any suggestions people?
FLoor wax after cleaning may help.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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My epoxy floor has been down for 24 years, I have found using a mix of Super Clean degreaser about a cup to 3 gallons of warm water. I have a 3 car garage, I use a long handled scrub brush,then rinse with clear water. I try to plan to clean the floor on a low humidity day because the floor will dry faster. I almost forgot, I use a long handled squeegee to push the excess water out of the garage. Frank
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #7
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I basically do the same as 22.

I sweep the leaves, sand, etc up, then spot treat extra dirty areas with Dawn dish soap.
I then spray everything down lightly with the hose.
Next, I use a deck brush to scrub off the dirt and agitate the soapy areas.
Next is washing everything out with the hose.
I use an 18" squeegee to push the excess water out.
Depending on how much Dawn I used, I may need to rinse and squeegee again.

For in-between cleanings, I've got my wife's old Swifter Wet-Jet. Works like a charm for small oil spills and times I need to clean up something but don't want to wash the entire floor.

I'd never use a mop. In fact, I've found the squeegee works better than a push broom for small dirt. Specifically, saw dust. Epoxy sealed floors are great!
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:41 PM   #8
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Understand your experience and with our black floors. Streaks and water spots really show. After a good cleaning with Dawn and a good rinse, we use a car wash with wax and squeegee that off. Leave our floors nice and shiny.

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Old 12-07-2011, 03:25 PM   #9
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there is a squeegy head type part that has a brush on one side and a squeegy/rubber covering on the other side. i bought mine at griots years ago.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:06 AM   #10
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I have one of them swifter units with a detergent sprayer and it works pretty good for just light duty cleaning. I will do brush and soap in bad areas first.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:17 PM   #11
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My Stonhard epoxy floor is 11 years old now and it has seen LOTS of work, chemicals and paint. So much so that it's stained in places. Since the "new" has been gone off it for years now, I use Purple power or Super clean with water and an old electric floor polisher with scotchbrite pads. There is very little shine left to this floor but it sure gets good and clean. I would never have a garage without an epoxy finish on the floor. The ease of cleaning and lack of dust is great.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:53 AM   #12
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I recommend using a white bristle brush. White is usually the softest. Anything to stiff when used on a floor machine could damage the floor. using a pad will dull the floor.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:31 PM   #13
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First post by the way been lurking for sometime so here goes. What I do is mop the floor clean normally then I take my janitors 36" mop and with a solution of water and windex can be as little as 10% windex but I always use a little more get a spray bottle spray and spray and mop your way out look back and you will see no streaks! Also works great on the hardwood floors in the house.
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