How To Clean Epoxy Garage Floor?

Kenneth Wilson

Since epoxy is non-sticky, dirt and grime cannot easily stick on the floor. So, it is quite easy to keep an epoxy floor clean. But there is a right way to do everything. If you are someone who’d rather learn the right way of doing things before going all in like a caveman, this article is exactly for you. So, how to clean epoxy garage floor?  

You need the right kind of cleaning supplies to clean your epoxy garage floor. There is no need to use harsh detergents for cleaning. The garage floor may get some scuff marks from car tires which you can carefully remove with a buffer.

In this article, I will talk about the supplies you need to clean your epoxy garage floor and how you can keep the floor clean. After that, I will tell you how to remove scuff marks from the epoxy floor with a buffer. So, to learn more on cleaning epoxy floors, keep on reading.

Must-Have Cleaning Supplies


Many people do not know that they should use a special kind of solution to keep the glossy look of the epoxy floor. They use just any cleaner or detergent which can damage the glossy finish. To start cleaning the epoxy floor, you should get the right cleaning supplies. Here is a list of cleaning solutions and equipment you should use:

  • Rag
  • Water
  • Nylon Brush
  • Foam squeeze 
  • A water hose pipe
  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
  • Buckets for solution and water
  • A mop (foam mop or microfiber dust mop) 
  • Non-toxic biodegradable cleaners (Simple Green Cleaner, ammonia, dish liquid) 

It is wise to avoid cleaning solutions that contain citrus or acidic elements. Therefore, bleach and vinegar are not suitable for epoxy cleaning because they will fade the shine of the epoxy floor.  


Proper Cleaning Of Epoxy Garage Floor


Epoxy floors are durable and dust resistant; hence, people think it does not require regular attention like the other floors of our house. But you are taking your car or other vehicles outside regularly. When you bring them back to the garage, a lot of dirt enters the place. So, naturally, dirt and grime will gradually build up in the garage over time. Thus, some basic maintenance is required:

Regular Cleaning (Once a week)


  • You should vacuum clean it once or twice a week. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, use a broom, brush, or a soft dust mop. Just sweep the mop or broom on the floor to get rid of the loose dirt. 
  • You can also use a water hose pipe to wash away the dirt. 
  • After that, use a foam squeeze to clean the extra water on the floor.

Deep Cleaning (Every 3 or 4 months)


  • First, you have to make a cleaning solution. There are many epoxy cleaning solutions in the market like Simple Green. Based on the size of your garage floor, you have to make the solution.
     
    But make sure the solution has eight parts simple green and one part hot water. You can make a home solution as well with ammonia. Take a gallon of water and mix a cup of ammonia with it. You can mix the solution in a bucket and put it in a spray bottle. 
  • Next, spray the solution on the entire floor, and let it sit on the floor for a moment.
  • Then use a rag, brush, or scrubber in a circular motion to rub off the dirt or grime that does not get off easily. Remember, you should not rub or scrub too hard because it can damage the surface of the epoxy floor.
  • Finally, use a mop to clean the floor or get a water hose pipe to give a final wash. Then use the squeeze. 


Can You Buff Epoxy Floors?


An epoxy garage floor can get scuff marks and scratch marks as time goes by. In this case, a simple wash cannot bring back the previous shine and glossy appearance. So, a lot of people wonder if they can buff their epoxy floors. 

Yes, you can buff epoxy like vinyl, concrete, tile, wood, and laminate. Epoxy flooring has hard and durable layers. The surface can take a lot of damage. When the upper coating layer of the epoxy floor gets damaged, you can remove the scratch marks.

If you buff the floor, you are going to clean and then polish or exfoliate the floor to bring back the previous glossy appearance. Buffing epoxy floors is not that difficult. However, you must be extra careful during the process, or else the floor will end up getting more scratch marks. 

For polishing the floor, you need to use furniture polish. There are polishers for epoxy floors in the market. Check them if you are interested. 


How To Remove Scuff Marks From Epoxy Floor


So, you have some scratches on your epoxy garage floor. The garage floor can get scuff marks from car tires or moving heavy equipment and tools over the surface. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of the scratches to a great extent. You can buff your garage floor and polish it to make it scratch-free. 

Apart from the cleaning solution and equipment mentioned previously, you will need these things:

  • Furniture polish
  • Lint-free rag or cloth
  • Dry sandpaper

If you have a buffer machine the polishing process becomes just a piece of cake. However, if the equipment is not available, you have to polish the floor manually. 

Here are some steps you have to follow to buff your epoxy floor:

Step 1

Clean the Floor

Sometimes scuff marks are not that visible because of dirt on the surface. Therefore, you have to clean the dirt to reveal the true extent of scratches on the floor. As described before, you have to use cleaning solutions to remove the dirt and use a bristle brush if the dirt stain is stubborn. 

Clean the floor with clean water and let it dry. After that, look carefully to find out where the scuff marks are on the floor. 

Step 1

Removing Light Scratches

After identifying all the scratch marks, you have to polish them. Now, get a lint-free rag or cloth and drop a spoonful of furniture polish on the rag. Then, polish the scuff marks or scratches on the epoxy floor with the rag. 

Use the cloth or rag in circular motions so that the polish can cover the entire mark. Keep rubbing, and eventually, the light scratches will fade away.  

Step 1

Removing Deep Scuff Marks

Unfortunately, your epoxy floor may have deep marks that are not simple to remove. In these cases, you have to use dry sandpapers. Take a bucket full of water and soak the sandpapers. 

To remove the deep scuff marks, you have to rub the sandpapers over the marks quite a few times. After a while, the scratches will not be visible any longer. 

Step 1

Re-polishing With Furniture Polish

After using sandpaper to remove the deep scratches, you have to take a bit of furniture polish in a rag and polish the place where you used sandpaper. Continue polishing the area until it matches the rest of the epoxy surface. 

Lastly, you can dust off or wash off the floor to remove any residue created because of polishing and give the floor a final coat of furniture polish to make it glossy.  


Conclusion


By now, you have definitely learned how to clean epoxy garage floor. You are probably worried about cleaning the epoxy floor for the first time. But as you can see, the process becomes a lot easier with proper cleaning solutions and tools. 

So, get your things and start cleaning. 

Kenneth Wilson
August 25, 2021
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done.

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