The technique for cleaning an epoxy and quartz aggregate floor varies compared to other flooring types due to its unique properties. The same goes for the materials needed. Use these materials to clean a seamless epoxy and quartz aggregate floor to maintain the highest-performing characteristics for years to come.
To clean an epoxy & quartz aggregate floor, you will need:
1. Approved cleaning solution
2. Broom or vacuum
3. Bucket or sprayer
4. Deck brush
5. Neoprene floor squeegee or wet-vacuum
Read The Complete Cleaning Guide: Epoxy & Quartz Aggregate Floors.
The type of solution used for maintaining an epoxy and quartz aggregate floor is the most important part. Enzymatic cleaners (ex. Wash-N-Walk) will eat away at the epoxy and jeopardize the overall functionally and longevity of the floor. Always, always use a non-enzymatic cleaner.
Another notable action is to always dilute your cleaning solution. This will save you money, make the cleaning process easier and faster while also allowing you to customize the strength of the mixture depending on soil level.
Do NOT use any cleaning solution that contains:
- Methylene Chloride
- Butyl Delimer
- Phosphoric Acid
What to Know About Enzymatic Cleaners
What is an enzymatic cleaner?
Enzymatic cleaners are biological compounds that accelerate chemical reactions. They are commonly used within the commercial kitchen environment because they are non-toxic, biodegradable, safe and are designed to require no rinsing. They are often applied then left on the floor overnight allowing them to catalyze the reaction that breaks down fats, oils, grease, and starches (FOGS) over time. This can result in build up of the solution meaning slippery, unsanitary, and smelly conditions.
Why You Should Not Use Enzymatic Cleaners
By design, enzymatic cleaners eat away at whatever they are applied to. If applied to an epoxy and stone aggregate flooring, it will degrade the material. The enzyme triglyceride lipase found in ‘no-rinse’ solutions is allowed to dry on the floor without ridding the space of the fast, oils, grease, or starches. In traditional flooring types like quarry tile, these can build up over time and cause slippery, unsanitary, and smelly conditions.
Broom or Vacuum
Sweeping or vacuuming loose debris and dirt can make cleaning process more effective. Many food service facilities will dispose of loose debris on floor throughout shifts to reduce time and effort needed at the end of the day.
Bucket or Sprayer
Mix cleaning solution and water then apply to floor. Let sit and soak for 1-2 minutes.
Use a deck brush to agitate surface and loosen heavy soiled or stuck on debris.
Neoprene Floor Squeegee or Wet-Vacuum
Use a squeegee to direct an excess water to drains after rinsing the diluted cleaning solution. Look for a squeegee that allows for replaceable neoprene heads. If not drains are available, use a wet-/shop-vac to suck up any residual moisture.
By using the appropriate materials paired with effective techniques, your epoxy and quartz aggregate floor with be able to withstand extreme wear while retaining its highest-performing characteristics. To read The Complete Cleaning Guide: Epoxy & Quartz Aggregate Flooring.
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