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4-Steps Manual for Cleaning a Painted Garage Floor

Are you a Sydneysider looking for an easy-to-follow manual for cleaning a painted garage floor of yours? Well, you’re on the right page. The Epoxy Flooring is here to lend a hand with that. In this article, we have some instructions that would let you clean the garage floor in 4 simple steps.

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Since the parking lot base goes through intense situations like factory flooring or commercial kitchen flooring, we tried to cover everything precisely. So, don’t worry if it’s going to be your first-time housework. Let’s start with the equipment you need and then head out on the hands-on steps.

Equipment You Need for Cleaning a Painted Garage Floor
The method we want to teach you for Cleaning a Painted Garage Floor is quite cost-effective. So, you’ll not have to get lots of different tools or products to complete it. In fact, you may finish the task off using only what you’re already storing.

Broom: a random long-handled brush will come in handy throughout the dusting and scrubbing procedures. Therefore, try to get one prior to starting the job. However, keep in mind that it’s not necessary to spend lots of money on this tool. (Basically, any broom would do).
Push broom: Squeegees are long-handled brushes with a spongy head. Of course, not all push brooms have that extra sponge on their heads. But you might want to find one that has. This would allow you to squeegee the water out after the housework is done.
Pressure washer: you’re not supposed to buy this device. It’s expensive, and you’ll not be able to use it everywhere. But you could rent one for a couple of hours (or one day) to wash your Epoxy garage floor If you already have a similar device like a buffer, here’s a manual on how to use and care for a floor cleaner machine.
Cleansers (garage floor cleaning products): well, choosing the right cleaner is vital. If you utilize the wrong product or mixture, your parking lot base may face major issues in the future. So, be precise and get to know your coating’s specific needs before getting a cleanser. In case you’re confused about the options on the market, here’s an article on the best cleaner for an Epoxy garage floor.
Deck brush: having a random long-handled brush to scrub oil spills and stains are necessary. However, since this tool is going to be your primary weapon against the oil spills, it’s better not to get an expensive one. The intensity of the scrubbing task will make it break eventually. So, buy a low-priced one and don’t waste your money on fancy tools.
Step 1: Pre-Work and Preparations
There’s some pre-work that you must take care of before starting the actual housework. In fact, you should create your own working space by removing the extra stuff in the parking lot. We all know that garages get stuffed up most of the time—and this might hold you back when it comes to cleaning.

However, you must roll up the sleeves and empty the space, creating enough zone for tools and people. Start this phase off by moving rugs, cardboard boxes, and basically anything that would not resist water. If there are larger pieces of furniture or things that you’re not planning to move, use plastic covers and shield them.

Now, grab the broom and dust the place thoroughly. At this stage, you should remove all the contaminators such as leaves, pieces of plastics, papers, etc. We recommend starting from the corners and working your way up to the central areas—this would save you some time.

In case the former coat seems to be peeling, use our guide on how to repaint the garage floor and repair it before the next step. Otherwise, the base will lose its functionality after the pressure washing.

Finally, if everything seems to be okay, set up the pressure washer and wet down the area. Don’t use its pressure-washing option yet—you just want to loosen the dirt.

Step 2: Getting Rid of the Oil Spills
It’s time to get down to real business. Grab the cleanser you’ve cherry-picked and then, apply it to the oil and stain spills. Let the mixture soak in for a couple of minutes depending on the product. (usually, 2-3 minutes would be enough).

Now, grab the deck broom and start scrubbing the spillages precisely. Bear in mind that you don’t have to brush the whole space—so, save some energy for the next levels. It would be a rational move to utilize this method only on the dirty spots.

If the stains and marks on your parking lot ground seem hard-to-remove, read our guide on how to clean oil spill on Epoxy garage floor Add cleaner to the floor.

Note: never use a soap-included mixture or vinegar solution to wash such a surface. These substances will leave a film on the base and peel off the old paint. In case you need more info on this part, read our manual on how to clean the painted floors.

Step 3: Pressure Washing the Epoxy Floor
Here comes the real pressure. At this stage, you should run the device and pressure wash all the dirt on the ground. But our experts want to offer a piece of advice before that. Since the parking lot is not an open space and the walls may get injured by the high-pressure water, you should be careful. You must be asking how? Well, attaching a surface cleaner to your pressure washer machine would protect the walls effortlessly.

A surface cleaner is an accessory that would pack the water not allowing it to damage other areas. Plus, it increases the functionality of the device and eventually you. In fact, cleaning an area using this accessory would halve the time and energy! It only costs $107 (AU). But you’d be able to use it on the swimming pool flooring and/or office flooring as well. So, it’s a one-stone-two-birds type of device.

Step 4: Rinsing the Area
For the final stage, you should remove all the soapy water and loosen contaminators from the base. So, start off the task by using the push broom to squeegee out the leftovers. This includes the dirty water and anything that is left over from the previous processes.

Finally, rinse the space with a random hose and make sure no unwanted stuff is on the ground. You can now leave the place to dry and see the results. However, we suggest you add an extra stage of brushing to reach the 100% cleaned-up level. Of course, this last stage is completely elective and you could skip it to go to bed early!

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How to Make a 3D Epoxy Flooring

If you’re among those who’re always curious to see what’s new in the flooring industry, you’re on the right page. In this article, Epoxy Flooring will introduce the newest phenomenon of this century, 3D Epoxy Flooring.

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The following is a manual on how to make a 3D coating that stands out and makes your property ultra-unique. We interviewed our specialist asking how can a normal homeowner in Sydney make their own 3-dimensional base? And here’s the 6 step they suggested.

This guide is applicable to all sorts of bases such as hospital flooring, commercial kitchen flooring, commercial flooring, and swimming pool flooring.

But before getting into details, let’s get to know the concept better and see what equipment and material you need for the operational phases.

What Is 3D Epoxy Coating?
When you glue a 3D image to the ground and cover it with transplant Epoxy sealer, the outcome is a 3D base. In fact, the clear mixture covering the poster will lead to some sort of illusion and fool the viewers as if there’s a 3-dimensional surface in the ground.

The actual trick will not get out of the box until someone steps on the coated ground. So, you can be sure that the product of such a task is nothing less than a total amusement advocator in your property.

Things You Need
These are the materials used for 3D Epoxy flooring to get an even surface in different rooms:

Epoxy primer
Moisture-barrier system
Epoxy leveling layer
3D image
Transparent Epoxy Sealer
Step One: Base Preparation
You cannot achieve a good look on an unlevel surface. So, the first move should be base preparation. In fact, you have to rinse the place, get rid of the contaminators, and smooth it prior to the next stage.

Our specialists offer using a buffer with an attached pad to sand the ground. This technique is called grinding and can rid you of all the unwanted stuff on a surface. But if you need more info on how to use and care for a floor cleaner machine (e.g. buffer), click here.

Step Two: Applying the Glue
When the base is completely level, it’s time to apply the glue. You must find a mixture that suits the material of your ground. for instance, if the base is made of concrete, a water-based general bonding agent like polyvinyl acetate emulsion is a proper choice.

Whatever you do, just avoid using inappropriate adhesives. A product that is not strong enough to hold the 3D poster on its place can easily ruin all the hard work and effort you put into the task.

Consult your contractor who is responsible for the current coating and ask what adhesive products suit it better.

Step Three: Installing the Poster
Now, attach the poster to the glued ground before the adhesive dries. This phase must be done fast—but precisely. Use a soft tool to make sure that all parts of the picture are touching the ground and no spot is having wrinkles.

Step Four: Removing the Wrinkles
If, for whatsoever reason, some wrinkles appeared on the poster surface, don’t panic. Just use a hairdryer machine and dry the glue on that particular spot. Then, use more adhesive and re-do the installation—being more careful about the wrinkles. (You’ll need to practice to make it perfect).

Step Five: Mixing the Hardener and Resin
Grab the hardener and mix it with the Epoxy resin according to the instructions on the package. The ratio for some products differs; so, we’re not going to give you an exact mixture formula. However, what we suggest is mixing the substance for at least 2 minutes before the appliance.

Step Six: Applying the Mixture to the Floor and Leveling
Finally, smear the substance to the poster and level it with a long-handled squeegee. The best thickness for 3D Epoxy Flooring is 3mm. So, do not stop coating before creating a surface with that thickness.

Let Us Take Care of Your 3-Dimensional Needs
We, at Epoxy Flooring, are ready to provide you with the finest 3D coat one could ever find in Sydney. Just contact us and let our consultants guide you through the procedures.

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Maintenance of a Concrete Grinding

According to the 2019 household index in Australia, more individuals are willing to operate a concrete grinding machine in Sydney. However, there are still proprietors out there who don’t know how to use or care for such a device. That’s why the Epoxy Flooring team is here to lend a hand with all the unknown and untold stuff about it!

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Here, we have a step-by-step user guide to let you know how to concrete grinding with scrubber or buffer. Plus, we will give some tips on how to care for it at the end of the article. So, read on sooner than starting your floor cleaning procedures!

Note: a single-disc concrete grinding machine can spin 175-300 rounds per minute. So, it’s kind of heavy machinery and needs to be used carefully. Do NOT get underway of using a concrete grinding machine if you have no experience handling such tools.

What Floor Cleaning Operations Does concrete grinding Support?

With the appropriate type of pad, you will employ a scrubber for many different functions. The following is a list of several actions this device supports. Although we usually utilize this device to clean up a commercial kitchen flooring, warehouse Epoxy flooring, and/or food flooring, there are some residential usages you could benefit from:

Spray buffing
Top scrubbing
Carpet shampooing
Bonnet cleaning
Floor stripping
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6-Step Floor Cleaning Machine User Guide
Now, here are the instructions to help you get your heads around the topic and start using this machine properly for now on. Make sure to follow the steps below precisely and try not to skip any of them.

Mopping: the first thing you must do is to inspect the ground to see if it’s dust and damp mopped or not. If it’s not, use a long-handled broom and clear out the area thoroughly.
Plugging in: at this stage the base is ready and you can plug in the cord into the nearest outlet. However, keep in mind that the outlet should be close enough to give a full range but not too close to interfere with the procedure.
Centring the pad: lay down the device in a way that the underside is easily accessible. Now, centre the pad on the pad driver and reattach it to the machine by twisting it counterclockwise. (the weight of the device will keep the pad in its current position).
Positioning the handle: place the buffer back into the upright position and loosen the handle using the mechanism right beneath the trigger. Now, centre the bring the grip into line with your hips. Finally, tighten the grip when it feels like the weight is equally distributed.
Kicking it off: when you are ready, release the safety mechanism and hold the trigger to run the device.
Controlling its movement: bear in mind that it’s not like a mower machine with moving wheels in any directions. So, you can’t expect to control it in any way you desire. The only proper method to create side-to-side movement is using the grip. In fact, rising the handle will cause the machine to go right and lowering it will do the opposite. Plus, for back and forth motion, you should gently step forward and backwards.
4 Tips on How to Maintain a Buffer
Always wipe down the scrubber after you’re done using it. Use a soft piece of cloth to get rid of any contaminator left on the device before storing it.
Clean the cord and wrap it around the handle in a way that causes no breakage in the future.
You must store the device horizontally when the pad driver is still attached to it. Otherwise, the machine will face malfunction in the future. If you insist to store it vertically, just make sure to remove the pad driver before doing so.

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What Is an Acrylic Concrete Sealer?

Our Epoxy Flooring team, we’ve met many homeowners in Sydney who didn’t know what is the concrete sealer. So, we decided to clarify this topic and let every one of them have a chance to finally realize what is this matter and how can one use it?

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Briefly, it is any Epoxy-based stuff that we utilize as a shield for a cement-covered ground. So, this is a broad term that refers to the substances any installer employs in shielding practices. However, you can find the answer to some Frequent Ask Questions about this term below.

What Are the Best Epoxy Sealers for Concrete Floors in Sydney?
Self-Levelling Coatings: This material would create the finest “Epoxy garage floor.” But don’t let this fact fool you. Due to its capability to create a level surface, you can use this substance as a proper sealer for the factory floor, school floor, etc. Specialists suppose that this material is an unsurpassed choice for the places that are not even—like an old concrete layer covering a parking lot base.
Vapour Barrier Epoxy: you may not see this product as the outer shroud of a base. But that has nothing to do with its importance. Ground shielding experts use this material to reduce vapouring levels. In fact, a concrete overlay covered with Vapor Barrier will not send the mist to upper levels. That’s why the installers in Sydney apply it before shielding the base with other materials such as tile—that can’t bear the moisture and mist.
Gravelled Shield: Since most of the proprietors in Sydney would like to end up having a decorative Epoxy floor and concrete sealer, manufacturers are producing this one to fulfil their needs. You can add the logo, brandmark, or any further decorative design to this stuff effortlessly. So, not only is it the best choice for landholders, but the business owners will find it beneficial too. (We recommend you to utilize it for creating an ornamental swimming pool flooring).
How to Apply Epoxy concrete sealer on the Concrete Floor
Now, it’s time to see how one could apply such stuff to the base. But before getting into details, you better read our guide on how to clean the garage floor before Epoxy.

Cleanup: the first thing you must do before the painting is to wash the base off. Generally, there are “3 ways of preparing the parking lot ground for Epoxy” hat you can apply to other bases too. (Acid etching, shot blasting, and grinding). However, if the ground has a new concrete shield, a pressure washing using lukewarm water would be enough.
Sanding: if the concrete is old and there are loose parts along with the former shield remain on it, sanding is vital. Read our guide on “how to repaint the garage floor” to gain real-world info on sanding and grinding techniques.
First Layer Application: when you were sure that there’s no contaminator left on the upper sheet, wash it off for one last time and let it dry. Now, apply the first layer of sealer using a long-handled roller. And allow the ground to get dry.
Second Layer Application: Apply the subsequent overlay when you see the ground is soaking up the initial one. And leave the shell for 24 hours before allowing anyone to step on it. If it’s your parking lot base, do not drive a car on it for at least 7 days.

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How to Repaint an already painted epoxy floors

Sydneysiders care about their property—and it’s not a mega-fact. But housework may get a bit tricky and leave the homeowners with questions such as how to repaint the garage floor? Or how to clean the painted epoxy floors? So, here we are again to lend a helping hand as usual.

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Our Epoxy Floors team has provided a manual for almost any sort of Epoxy floors you may face. And this one right here will teach you how to repaint your parking lot base by the book.

Washing Chapter
First things first, you cannot repaint a dirty base. All the things that will cause painting failure can eventually stop the substance to stick to the ground and ruin your work. So, wash off the area thoroughly prior to starting other stages. Here’s a how-to guide for that.

Use a broom to get rid of the visible dust, dirt, and filth. Take this part seriously and try to remove as much dirt as possible. In case the place is contaminated for a long time, vacuum the area.
Make sure no stains or spills are left on the ground. Read our guide on how to clean oil spill on Epoxy garage floor for more information.
Use a bucket of lukewarm water and scrub the place all over again. When you are sure that there’s no contaminator on the ground, rinse the place and leave it to dry.
Finally, since the contaminators can hide in the cracks, you have to pressure wash them. So, use a high-pressure hose and remove the loose concrete segment as well as any other intruders.
Sanding Chapter
Scraping the space before applying the paint is the most vital task. The main reason why many homeowners fail to repaint the Epoxy garage floor is that they neglect this chapter. Therefore, we recommend you to follow the instructions below thoroughly so as to avoid failure in repainting the parking lot base. There are 3 techniques to remove the old paint from the concrete ground.

Method One: Using a Buffer
A buffer may not seem like a proper tool for this task. However, with a minor adjustment, it can turn into a commercial grinder! First, you need to attach a sanding disc to the buffing pad to create your own sander. (Both are available at supply stores). Then, you can turn the buffer on and use it as a gigantic sander to remove the old paint, making the ground seem completely smooth.

Method Two: Acid Washing
A mixture of 4-part acid 1-part water (1:1 ratio) is a good solution for taking the former coating material away. So, make your own mixture and scrub it to the space using a broom or long-handled brush. Let the solution soak in for 2-5 minutes and then wash off the place methodically, being sure that the acid-water substance is fully removed. (Click here for more information about Acid etching technique).

Method Tree: Manual Sanding
Well, this old-school method doesn’t need any specific explanations. Just use a random orbital, belt, or palm sander and smooth the area, removing all the ex-paint! But keep in mind that this technique won’t suit commercial flooring where everything is in industrial scales.

Painting Chapter
Now that you prepped the place for a brand-new coating material, here’s what you need to do:

Cut in around the edges and create your virtual canvas. This would show you where to start the painting and vice versa. But be careful to choose the starting point carefully. You don’t want to stand on the wet paint to reach other areas, do you?
Roll the paint as fast and thoroughly as possible. Most water-based paints get dry fast and this may cause major problems. So, try to finish each section off before it’s too late.
Let it dry for 24 hours before anyone steps on it. Otherwise, footprints will ruin the whole work.
Now, repaint the surface all over again to get the finest outcome. And finally, let it dry for 7 days before driving your car into the parking lot.