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Epoxy Resin Flooring tools

We see so many DIY fans in Sydney who’d do their own floors by the book. That’s why almost all of them do not know how to clean Epoxy resin flooring tools after painting. And this simple fact leaves them with extra expenses—though they choose DIY for its cost-effective aspects!

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So, at Epoxy Resin Flooring, we decided to create a manual for these homeowners and lend a hand with the aftermath of their DIY epoxy resin flooring. The following is a set of instructions on how to clean epoxy resin flooring tools that are used frequently.

You may also be interested in how to clean a garage floor before Epoxy.

Brushes
Fill a restored bucket with acetone and put the dirty brush in it. Make sure that the bucket has a solid cover on top so that air cannot get in. Now, let the tools remain in the solution for a couple of hours before you pull them out and rinse.

Note: don’t use such brushes when starting a new project. Otherwise, some small pieces of dried paint may get into your solutions/sealers and ruin it.

Are you a do-it-yourself fan? Here’s our How to do a 3D Epoxy Floor.

Buckets
Let the contaminated buckets fully dry. This may take 24 hours or less—based on the Epoxy type and temperature. Next, use a trowel to remove the dried paint or simply peel it off with your bare hands. 90% of the contaminator will effortlessly come right out.

However, we recommend avoiding to use such a restored bucket for new sealing projects. In fact, minor contaminators may get into your new solutions/paints and ruin the overall task. So, try to utilize them when making a sample solution and/or other secondary tasks.

These pieces of equipment may not seem like costly ones. However, if you start throwing them away constantly, DIY will not be a cost-effective option anymore. So, it’s a good idea to restore them and put them back in use for a longer time—to cut back on the budget.

Note: acetone can remove the Epoxy from buckets effortlessly. But since it’s expensive, you better stick at manual methods.

Trowel
One of the Epoxy tools that you frequently use is the trowel. So, cleaning it up should top your concern list. However, the good news is that trowels do not need specific cleaning processes. All you must do is making sure that the teeth are cleaned. That’s it!

Just use a razor knife to remove the dried contaminators from the edges of this tool, and it’s ready for another round.

Related post: floor cleaner machine.

Drill paddle
You probably utilize this piece of equipment to mix the solutions and/or paints. So, they are one of the most contaminated Epoxy tools. But cleaning them is not a cumbersome task. That’s because you don’t have to clean them at all!

Yes, you read it right. When the Epoxy covers drill paddle, it adds an additional texture which will eventually increase the performance of the tool and help you mix things better.

However, if you insist on cleaning it up, here’s how. Use a restored bucket and put the removed paddle into it—until the paint is peeled off. Then, utilize a razor knife and remove every piece of contaminator manually.

More info? Learn how to clean the painted floors.

Call Us for More Information
Contact us right away and let our consultants provide you with more information about how to clean Epoxy tools after painting. We’re the experts of Epoxy in Sydney having worked with so many great local businesses. No matter it’s a hospital flooring, office flooring, and/or just a residential kitchen coating, our team is here to lend a helping hand.

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Crack Filling guide

Many garages and/or factory floor owners are worried about the cracks on their concrete base. So, here, at Epoxy Flooring, we decided to lend a hand. The following, therefore, is a set of instructions on how to apply concrete crack-filler before Epoxy.

 

We will also let you know how to prepare the cracked/damaged ground before the operational phases. All the methods are DIY-friendly and based on our experiences working with Sydneysider concrete-floor owners who were struggling with cracks!

In case you’re tired of seeing terrifying gaps on the surface, read our article on what is the Epoxy concrete sealer.

Preparing the Floor Before Crack Repair

Use a hammer and chisel to get rid of all the loose contaminators and debris. Do it precisely but avoid damaging other parts if the concrete. This must be done to create a one-inch path for the filler.
Now, utilize a brush and remove all the remaining concrete parts from the cracks. It’s like mopping a floor—with the only difference being the tools you use.
Just to make sure you’ve detached all the loose debris, pressure washes the area. In case you don’t have a pressure washer, utilize a gardening hose with a strong nozzle.
Finally, if you have enough time, let the ground dry. Otherwise, use a brush and take the water away manually. Your base is ready for the crack filler application!
in case you’re going to apply a sealer afterward, read our guide on how to clean the garage floor before Epoxy.

Concrete Crack Sealant
One of the most popular fillers in Sydney is the concrete crack sealant. It’s a ready-to-use product that comes in a grey color, matching any concrete floor color effortlessly.

To use it, prepare the ground as explained above, and fill the cracks with the mixture. You should make sure that there’s enough sealant in each crack. So, don’t hurry; take your time and work your way through a certain direction, stuffing the gaps precisely.

Don’t worry if the product created a bump on the base. You can always come back when it’s dry to smooth it. It’s also possible to use grinding techniques after the crack reparation. The substance dries in 30 minutes but you must wait for 24 hours before it hardens.

We’ve provided a manual on how to use and care for a floor cleaner machine that will come in handy when it comes to grinding.

Note: it’s a water-based substance and can be cleaned effortlessly utilizing damp cloth.

Cement Patch
This product comes in a kit-like package. So, the first thing you must do is reading the instructions. However, most of them contain a grey sand-like substance that must be mixed with the main patch after adding water.

So, make your own mixture according to the instructions and then use a trowel to apply it. Bear in mind that this task needs some extra effort as you should push the cement patch into the cracks.

When you’ve filled the gaps, it’s time to utilize a dry brush and smoothen the area. This is when you remove all the debris and possible bumps from the repaired ground.

Liquid Crack Filler
You should mix the liquids in the package based on the instructions provided by the manufacturer. However, keep in mind that these substances usually have a limited time before they dry up. So, hurry up and make enough mixture for a 5-minute process.

First, fill the gaps with the liquid, making sure they are fully covered. Next, add some sand to the product and apply it to the surface thoroughly. Finally, wait for it to harden and then, grind the place to remove any bumps.

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An ultimate guide on Floor Cleaning for Hospitals

According to the recent expense index of the infirmary industry, 40% of the maintenance budget is spent on hospital floor cleaning tasks. This is not a minor cost when compared to overall outlays. So, we—at Epoxy Flooring—believe that enhancing the cleanup procedures is vital for the health care industry. That’s why our editorial team created this 5-step manual on how to clean the hospital flooring effectively.

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Since the instructions below work well for most Epoxy bases, you can employ them for workshop floor covering, office flooring, and/or other comparable commercial flooring requirements.

Hospital Floor Cleaning Equipment
PPE or Personal Protection Equipment (see below)
Dry mop
Damp Mop
Refinishing brush
Floor fan (optional)
Wet-floor sign
Buckets
Step One: Get Ready
First things first, you should gear up and use PPE to guarantee your wellbeing. Depending on which section you work, Personal Protective Equipment may differ. So, consult the supervisor before choosing what to wear.

However, pieces of equipment and gears that you must always have are a pair of gloves, slip-resistant shoes/boots, a mask, a disposable gown, and hand sterilizers.

Step Two: Dry Mop the Hospital Floor
Now, if you’re geared up, remove the base mats, and place the wet-floor signs in proper distances, making sure the patients and nurses will see them effortlessly. Always work half of the hospital floor at a time so people could move about properly.

Dry mop the base so that no dust and/or visible contaminator is on the ground. Use a specific brush that is marked for this procedure only.

More specific instructions: Cleaning an Epoxy garage Floor.

Step Three: Damp Mop It
Pick a long-handled mop and damp it appropriately. Grasp it just below the waistline with the stronger hand and use the opposite one to steadies the moves. Now, start mopping by walking backward while checking your back constantly.

Step Four: Strip the Base
Lay down the buffer or floor cleaner machine to attach the stripping pad. Place the machine on top of the pad so that the buffer’s weight is keeping the pad in its place. Next, set up the machine and strip the base using a figure 8 shape.

Don’t hurry and use the device patiently, giving it enough time to sanitize the surface. Finally, utilize the floor fan to accelerate the drying progress.

In case you need more info on operating such a device read our blog post on how to use and care for a floor cleaner machine.

Step Five: Refinish the Hospital Coating
Now that the surface is completely sanitized, you must refinish it to reduce the chances of further infections. To do so, you should use a proper cleanser or protective liquid and apply it to the base.

There are several options available when it comes to refinishing substances. But we’re not going to give you names—because choosing the proper one depends on various factors. Consult your supervisor to cherry-pick the best liquid.

You might want to utilize a backpack microfiber applicator to smear the refinishing liquid to the ground. However, utilizing a marked mop would do as well.

Note: you must wait for 20 min. before walking on the refinished base.

More info: How to Clean an Epoxy Floor.

We are the experts of the Epoxy floor in Sydney. So, in case of a hygiene emergency just contact us and let our consultants lend a hand. Our team is ready to answer your questions and provide you with more info on appropriate cleansers.

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Industrial protective coating that last

There are thousands of homeowners in Sydney who’re struggling with the process of choosing the right floor cleaner. So, our editorial team at Epoxy Flooring decided to create a manual on how to cherry-pick the best cleaner for Epoxy garage floor and other similar coatings.

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In case you’re a fresh coating owner, we recommend you to read our introduction on what is Epoxy concrete sealer.

Avoid Soap-Based Floor Cleaning Products
First things first, an Epoxy floor is not able to get along with soap-based products. These substances may help you get rid of the contaminators and oil spills. But in the long-term, the outcome of utilizing them will be having a hazy and filmy base.

So, if you want to choose the right floor cleaner for an Epoxy coating, avoid soapy stuff. However, there are some soft detergents you could mix with lukewarm water and smear on the ground as a disinfectant.

Vinegar Is NOT a Good Epoxy Floor Cleaner
This substance has led to some major damages to the Epoxy-covered surfaces in Sydney. That’s because many homeowners think of vinegar as a proper floor cleanser for any sort of hard coat.

However, they are just wrong and utilizing such an acidic substance would only peel off the resin. You must learn how to clean an Epoxy flooring without utilizing any acidic products. We’ve provided a manual on how to clean the painted floors to help you with that.

Strong Floor Cleaners Are an Industrial Option
Products such as Simple Green and CLR are proper choices for commercial flooring or other industrial environments. So, do not try to utilize them unless the contaminators seem too strong to deal with.

Using industrial floor cleansers in residential places will lead to coat-related damages and eventually cause extra expense. We, therefore, recommend homeowners in Sydney to use Windex and/or similar products for residential areas.

Soft products such as Windex are not able to rid you off all sorts of strong spills and stains. But with the right formula and appropriate tools, you can remove any contaminator easily. So, read our guide on how to clean oil spills on Epoxy garage floor and create your own strategy for other comparable surfaces.

What Is the Best Option?
Combining the floor cleansers with another strong method such as pressure washing and/or scrubbing the ground with a buffer is the best option. Recently, we created a manual on how to use and care for a floor cleaning machine that would come in handy for sure. We tried to explain how one could buy/hire a buffer for a fair price and clean any base utilizing it by the book.

Such a machine will lightly sand the base and leave you with a shiny ground coat as well. Plus, you can employ it for other heavy tasks such as grinding if necessary.