Industrial floor coatings play a crucial role in protecting the integrity and longevity of floors in demanding environments. Whether you have chosen methyl methacrylate (MMA) or polyurethane coatings, proper maintenance is essential to maximise their lifespan and ensure optimal performance. In this blog, we will delve into expert tips and strategies for maintaining and extending the lifespan of industrial floor coatings. By following these guidelines, you can save costs on repairs and replacements while keeping your facility safe and efficient.
Develop a regular cleaning routine
Regular cleaning is the foundation of floor coating maintenance, especially in an industrial setting with heavy traffic. We advise our clients to establish a cleaning routine tailored to their specific coating type and industrial environment. Sweep or vacuum the floor daily to remove loose dirt, debris, and abrasive particles that can cause scratches. Use a pH-neutral, non-abrasive cleaner for routine mopping. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning agents that can damage the coating’s surface. Regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of contaminants that can compromise the coating’s performance and appearance.
Implement preventive measures
Prevention is vital to extending the lifespan of industrial floor coatings. Consider the following preventive strategies:
Install matting and entrance systems at entry points to trap dirt, moisture, and chemicals from footwear and wheeled traffic. This reduces the amount of debris on the coated floor, minimising wear and tear.
Use floor protectors under heavy machinery, equipment, and furniture to distribute weight and prevent indentations or scratches. Install bollards or guardrails to protect coating edges from impacts caused by forklifts or other vehicles.
Promptly clean up spills to prevent chemicals or liquids from penetrating the coating. Provide designated spill containment kits and educate employees about their proper usage.
Implement clear traffic flow patterns and enforce speed limits within the facility to reduce the risk of accidents and excessive wear on the coating.
Perform regular inspections
Regular inspections help identify and address any issues or potential problems early on. Schedule periodic inspections to assess the condition of the floor coatings. Look for signs of damage, such as cracks, chips, delamination, or discolouration. Pay attention to high-traffic areas and areas exposed to chemicals or extreme conditions. If you notice any damage or deterioration, contact our team to determine the appropriate repairs or maintenance measures needed.
Conduct proper maintenance and repairs
Timely maintenance and repairs are crucial to prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems. Some maintenance and repair strategies include:
Address minor damages, such as chips or scratches, promptly to prevent further deterioration. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for patching materials and repair techniques specific to your coating type.
Depending on the wear and tear, consider recoating or applying a fresh topcoat to restore the protective layer and extend the lifespan of the floor coating. Consult with our team to determine the appropriate recoating intervals based on your coating’s specifications and the facility’s usage.
Inspect and reseal any joints or seams in the coating to prevent moisture or chemicals from seeping underneath and causing damage.
Seek professional maintenance services
While regular maintenance can be performed in-house, it’s advisable to seek professional maintenance services periodically. We have the expertise, equipment, and specialised knowledge to perform comprehensive inspections, deep cleaning, and more extensive repairs. Our team can identify underlying issues, recommend appropriate solutions, and ensure the longevity of your industrial floor coatings.
Products to maintain industrial flooring
RX – 118 – Heavy Duty Foam Greaser An acidic, high foaming liquid floor cleanser for removing heavy grease, oil, and other deposits from concrete floors, tiles, and brick paving. Cementitious grouting may be affected.
RX-Chloravail – Excellent for kitchen and butchery A chlorinated, water-soluble powder used to clean and sanitize many types of equipment, as well as walls and floors, in the food business. It helps break down animal oils and fats.
RX-Brilliance – Adds extra shine to resin floors High-gloss wax for high-gloss appliances, vinyl, rubber, leather, painted surfaces, and a number of other surfaces. Removes filth, oil, and grease effectively.
RX-GP – General purpose cleaner A medium-duty alkaline solvent degreaser that penetrates surface soils, breaks down and disperses dirt, and emulsifies greases and soils to remove grease, oils, and other contaminants fast and effectively.
RX-Phosteel – Metal cleaner and etch rusted surfaces For mild rust and dirt on steel surfaces, use an acid rust remover. It can also be used to condition metal before painting.
By investing in these products, you can keep your industrial floors in the best condition and increase longevity. They can also be used in conjunction with your motorised cleaning equipment. Contact us at email@example.com or 011 896 9600 for your industrial flooring solutions.