May 2018 HOW TO MAINTAIN RESIN COATED CONCRETE FLOORS
Although tough and hardwearing, resin based concrete coatings do require a certain degree of care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and durability throughout their lifetime. Durable, decorative and available in a number of colour variants and finishes, resin coated concrete floors continue to gain popularity amongst interior décor specialists as well as industrial contractors.
Manufactured from a number of different formulations, resin flooring is typically produced using epoxy, cementitious urethane and MMA.
Each with their own pros and cons, resin concrete coatings offers a functional, hygienic and easy-to-maintain flooring surface.
Unlike other sealers, resin coated concrete floors won’t scratch or scrape off creating the ideal surface for high foot traffic zones, heavy equipment and other factors with corrosive characteristics that can damage concrete flooring.
To follow, Sephaku Cement shares ten fast facts on how best to maintain resin coated concrete flooring to ensure their resilience and long-lasting appeal.
- Fact 1: Where logic leads, the more dense the coating the more durable the finish whereby cementitious urethane is considered to be the thickest. While this may be so, resin based coatings each respond differently to heat, chemicals and abrasive factors which each need to be carefully considered before applying this rule.
- Fact 2: Durability of the coating is dependent on the bond between the coating and the concrete surface. Each resin type responds differently to the concrete surface and cleaning, maintenance and long-term care needs to be carefully selected so as not to interfere with this cross-linked bonded matrix.
- Fact 3: Most commonly used in disinfectants and antibacterial cleaning agents, epoxies and cementitious urethanes are vulnerable to phenol which should be avoided when cleaning resin based concrete flooring.
- Fact 4: Be careful of odourless stripping solutions that contain methylpyrrolidone. Just because these are without an overpowering smell does not mean that they are not causing irreversible damage to all three types of resin based coatings.
- Fact 5: While resin coated concrete floors should be dry mopped every day to ensure the removal of grit, fine sand and other abrasive materials, these floors regardless of the resin make up should never be waxed.
- Fact 6: Only make use of pH-Neutral cleaning agents allowing time for the solution to loosen built up dirt and debris but do not let any cleaning materials dry on the surface as this can cause discoloration, peeling and other negative effects to resin coated floors.
- Fact 7: Clean high traffic zones more frequently, removing oil and grease with water-based alkaline detergents be sure to rinse the surface well to avoid build-up of cleaning agents that might result in slippery surfaces.
- Fact 8: Never steam clean or use extremely hot water to clean resin coated flooring. The high temperatures may crack and de-laminate the surface as well as discolour white pigments.
- Fact 9: Acrylic (MMA’s) is not as sensitive as other resin coatings such as epoxies and urethanes, making use of alkaline cleaning agents on methyl methacrylate coatings will not damage these acrylic based resins as they would other concrete resin surfaces.
- Fact 10: Discolouration, pigment leaching and staining can indicate that the resin coating has been compromised through the incorrect chemical application. This could lead to irreversible damage, peeling and cracking which is why it is critical to only make use of the appropriate chemicals and cleaning agents on the surface of resin coated concrete floors.(Speak to the cleaning material manufacturer/dealer to ascertain the pH of any cleaning chemicals before use)