Congratulations on your new Solid Garage Floor Coating! You’ve selected one of the highest performing floor coatings on the current market for your floors. Your new floor coating has been engineered to protect and care for your concrete floors while standing up to all the wear and tear that comes along with daily use. Our floor coatings are damage and stain resistant and designed to have an aesthetically pleasing sheen. This means that they’re easy to clean with proper care and that you don’t need to worry about polishing or waxing them, since they’re made to have that attractive finish.
Although your Solid Garage Floor Coatings are made to be impervious to harmful substances, they still need routine care maintenance and cleaning to ensure that they maintain their beautiful appearance and perform well for a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know about how to care for your new floor coating.
You’ll be able to walk on the new floor 6 hours after we’ve laid the top coat down. It will be fully cured 24 hours after we’ve completed the job.
Remove Dirt & Grime
It’s commonly believed that floor coatings repel dirt and grime. This isn’t true. The truth is that your floor coating will be able to keep the dirt and grime from damaging the floor itself, however, the coating itself still gets dirty. You’ll need to ensure you sweep your floors regularly to keep dirt and grime from building up and damaging the top layer of your floor coating. A nylon brush should do the trick. When you stay on top of sweeping your floor coating and ensure that dirt and grime don’t get the chance to build up and cause abrasion to your floors, you’re ensuring your floor coating stays at optimal performance for as long as possible.
Use Proper Cleaning Agents
You want to ensure that you’re using the proper cleaning agents to clean your floor coating, as the wrong cleaners can leave films behind. This film can attract dirt and grime, causing your floors to be more high maintenance. You want to steer clear of detergents, household soaps, citrus-based cleansers, and chemical degreasers for your floors. The former because they leave a film, the latter because they can be abrasive.
We recommend that you use pH-neutral cleaners, preferably mixing them with water, to clean your floors. Simple Green is a great pH-neutral cleanser you can use.
First, you’ll want to sweep your floor thoroughly, using either a soft-bristled broom or a dry mop. You want to get at any debris and dirt. If there are any potentially abrasive substances stuck on your floors, you’ll want to remove them.
Then, you’ll want to get out your pH-neutral cleaner. You’ll get your floors wet with clean water, and then use that cleaning solution to mop them. Following mopping, you’ll want to rinse your floors with some more clean water. It’s best to do this step with either a wet vacuum or a squeegee, to ensure you remove all excess water.
In cases where there is a significant buildup of dirt and grime, you may need to rinse your floor a second time.
You want to ensure that the floor is completely dry before you walk or drive on it.
Additional Cleaning Tips
If you have difficult stains, a small amount of acetone solvent can help to remove them. Be careful not to use too much of any hydro-carbon solvent on your floor coating. You’ll want to let the acetone solvent sit for a few hours before wiping it away with a wet sponge or rag.
If you pressure wash your floors, be careful that the water pressure stays below 1000 PSI, to avoid damage to your floors. You’ll also want to steer clear of rotating or pulsating nozzle heads and ensure that you don’t use the pressure washer very close to your floors.