Epoxy flooring is one of the most durable and hardest of floors, made from resin and hardener which makes them able to endure high impact and hard to crack. This hardness, however, makes it easy to scratch However, to prevent scratching you can place padding beneath heavy objects and avoid dragging them.
How to Repair Scratched Epoxy Floor
The best way to repair the scratched epoxy floor and minimize the possibility of reappearing is by sanding and coating the floor with Urethane.
Step 1: Clean off dust and dirt on Epoxy floor
Mix liquid soap and water in a bucket then Use a soft brush or a sponge instead to wipe the floor off all dirt and dust in circular motions until crystal clear. Rinse excess foam with a soft cloth and let it dry.
Step 2: Polish the floor on affected areas
For minor scratches use a dry cloth and polish that matches the Epoxy, rub gently into the scratches in equal motions until they disappear. For deep scratches, rub the surface using sandpaper.
Step 3: Sanding or Buffing
Mix a soapy water solution and pour it into a spray can then Wet the scratched areas and take fine-grit sandpaper, wet it as well, and start rubbing. Keep rubbing and maintaining the area wet throughout the entire process until you can no longer tell the difference between the scratched area and the surrounding Epoxy.
Rinse the Sanded areas, wipe them clean and let them dry.
Making sure the surface is clean and dry, apply polish of choice on the affected area, not too much and not too little, and rub in circular motions until the scratch starts to disappear.
Switch the sandpaper from time to time in case the scratches seem too difficult. Polish and coat the epoxy to protect you from future scratches.
Step 4: Polishing & Coating
Having removed the scratches, polish to regain the shiny original look and blend in the sanded areas.
To prevent future scratches, Coat the entire floor with a urethane topcoat because urethane is soft and can resist scratching easily with interfering with the aesthetic value of the epoxy flooring.
What causes scratches on Epoxy Flooring?
Because of its hardness, Epoxy flooring easily scratches when an abrasive tool is rubbed or dragged on it. Avoid dragging heavy furniture and objects unless you use rubber guards for protection.
Pros of Epoxy
Epoxy flooring has:
- High strength
- Chemical and solvent resistant
- Low toxicity
- Effective electrical insulation
- Electrical Insulation
Types of Epoxy Coatings for Floors
Self-Leveling Epoxy coatings for Floors
This type of Epoxy coating is used commonly in kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, warehouses, office buildings, garages e.tc. They are easy to install on other floors like (concrete) whether old or new because As the name suggests, they level easily creating a seamless smooth floor surface.
Epoxy Mortar Epoxy Coatings for Floors
This type of Epoxy coating is used in heavy industries and is commonly used to repair cracks before lying any other types of epoxy floorings. It is the strongest of all the epoxy coatings.
Self-Dispersing Epoxy Coatings for Floors
It is usually used in areas that are frequently used by heavy trucks and forklifts because it has a very good mechanical strength and is also used in areas of production where liquids are present because is anti-slip.
Anti-Static Epoxy Floor Coatings
This type of epoxy coating is commonly used in hospitals, laboratories, and electronics equipment manufacturers because They are specialized and designed for use in areas where static-sensitive electronic components are used extensively.
Epoxy Flake Floor Coatings
It is a type of epoxy application method for epoxy coating where colored flakes are added when the coating is still wet in order to give a decorative finish.
The Difference Between Epoxy flooring and Epoxy coating
The epoxy floor contains coatings created from the mixing and application of resins and hardeners on a concrete slab with a depth of at least 2 millimeters.
On the other hand, Epoxy coating is less than 2 mm thick and is usually two-part solid, solvent, or water-based.