Reduce Your Maintenance Needs With An Epoxy Floor In Your Commercial Space
If you're looking for a way to help minimize the amount of maintenance that your commercial space requires, one of the best things you can do is to cover the floor with epoxy. Most commercial spaces have a concrete pad beneath any carpeting or tile that may be in place. Once you remove the carpeting, you can coat the remaining concrete floor with a slip-resistant, durable and decorative epoxy floor. Here's a look at what you need to know to do the job right.
Prep the Concrete First
Before the epoxy solution will stick, you'll have to make sure that the concrete is clean and free of any oil residue. Sweep the concrete thoroughly, then treat any spot stains with degreaser. You may need to apply the degreaser a few times in order to clear the residue completely.
Etch the Concrete Next
Acid etching is the second step of the epoxy floor application. You'll need to mix the acid etching solution, so follow the package directions closely. Apply just enough water to the concrete surface so that it's damp, but not so much that it pools on the top of the floor. Put the acid etching solution on the floor in an even layer and then scrub it using a stiff broom. This works the solution into the concrete, creating a surface that will hold the epoxy.
Rinse the surface of the floor with clean water twice after the prescribed treatment time on the acid etching product. The time can vary by product, so it's important to check the one you're using. Then, let the floor dry.
Apply the Epoxy Last
The final stage is to apply the epoxy. Once the concrete is dry, mix the epoxy solution. You'll just need to add a measured amount of water to the container and mix it well. Measure the water according to the package directions, because the amount required will vary based on the product. Let the mixture sit for few minutes to ensure that the powder fully dissolves.
Work from the furthest corner of the space, away from the door. Pour a small amount of the epoxy solution on the floor, then spread it using a heavy-duty roller. Work your way across the floor, using an edger where necessary to push the epoxy evenly into corners and tight spaces. The goal is to produce an even layer of the flooring. As you finish a small section, apply some texture to the epoxy by tossing textured chips or other materials into the wet mixture.
The most effective way to distribute the texture product is to grab a handful, then reach directly over the wet epoxy and throw the chips straight up in the air. They'll fall naturally, distributing more evenly across the floor.
It takes a few days to cure once you've applied it, so plan to stay off the floor for a couple of days. Once it's cured, you'll have a floor surface that needs very little in the way of maintenance for a long time. If you're not comfortable doing this work yourself, talk with a commercial property maintenance company to have them do it for you.