Slip Free Systems Operating, Maintenance & Cleaning Procedures
Your new epoxy/urethane floor is now a non-porous finish impervious to most stains and spills that would otherwise be trapped in your concrete surface so aggressive cleaning methods are no longer necessary.
WHY CLEAN YOUR FLOOR?
Appearance: Your floor will look its best when it is clean. By instituting a scheduled cleaning program, the floor will continue to look and perform as it did when it was first installed.
Safety: No matter how aggressive the texture of your floor, if it is not cleaned properly, it can present a slip hazard. Emulsifying, rinsing and drying your floor properly will reduce the risk of a slip and fall incident.
Service Life: The lifetime of your floor will depend upon how well you clean it. In aggressive use areas (i.e. kitchens and machine shops) contaminants such as oil, dirt and grease work with water and bacteria to attack your floor.
FLOOR CLEANING PROCESS & TOOLS
The best way to clean a Slip Free floor is to use the recommended cleaning product and follow a six-step process. (Equipment needs vary between small and medium/large floor areas.)
Process Small Area Medium/Large Area
1. Sweep floor thoroughly Broom, dust mop Floor sweeper, broom
2. Apply cleaning product on floor surface Deck brush, Foamer/sprayer Automatic floor scrubber, Foamer/sprayer
3. Dwell – allow cleaning product time to emulsify foreign material 10 –15 minutes 10 –15 minutes
4. Agitate to aid in the release of foreign materials Deck brush, Rotary floor machine Automatic floor scrubber, Rotary floor machine
5. Remove cleaning product from the floor Squeegee (soft neoprene) Wet vacuum Automatic floor scrubber
6. Rinse the floor with clean water and remove Wet vacuum, Squeegee (soft neoprene) Automatic floor scrubber
Never use a mop to clean a floor that is greasy or oily.
Make sure the pads or brushes on the automatic scrubber are in good shape. Pads should be red or blue 3M cleaning pads or similar. Brushes should be nylon non-abrasive or a similar medium flex bristle brush.
When using a deck brush, choose a medium/stiff bristle.
When using a rotary floor machine, use a tan or red 3M pad or similar.
When removing solution with a squeegee, use a soft, neoprene squeegee. Do Not use a water spray to remove cleaning solution from the floor because it will over-dilute the solution and cause grease and oil to fall back onto the floor.
Wax strippers should never be used on a Slip Free floor.
Spills should be cleaned up immediately to prevent staining and as a safety precaution.
Surfaces should be adequately protected when moving heavy equipment across the floor.
Through proper training and education, unnecessary wear of the floor (such as forklift spin and skid-marks) can be avoided.
RECOMMENDED CLEANING PRODUCTS
Determining the correct cleaning product for your Slip Free floor is based upon the amount and type of soiling the floor receives. We have divided these into three types, and recommended a cleaning product for each instance:
Application Typical Areas Product Product Description
Traffic Areas (Light soils)
Retail Hallways,Healthcare, Labs, Dining Areas, Schools: For larger areas, it is perfectly acceptable to hose down your new floor coating with a water hose being cautious not to push water under walls where epoxy cove is not present, but for a typical sized area, a damp mop and a non abrasive cleanser like dawn dish soap or a citrus based cleanser is perfectly acceptable.
Moderate/Heavy or crude based soils.(Protein soils)
Grocery stores, Restaurant kitchens, Animal care, Food/Beverage Processing: For larger areas, it is perfectly acceptable to hose down your new floor coating with a water hose being cautious not to push water under walls where epoxy cove is not present, but for a typical sized area, a damp mop and a non abrasive cleanser like dawn dish soap or a citrus based cleanser is perfectly acceptable.
Moderate/Heavy (Crude soils)
Manufacturing/Industrial, Machine/Automotive Service Centers, Warehouses
SIMONIZ 969 is a heavy duty, highly alkaline floor cleaner designed to remove machine and crude oil from concrete
WHEN TO CLEAN YOUR FLOOR
Slip Free floors are designed for and used in heavy traffic areas that typically accumulate foreign matter. Because of this, the recommended maintenance schedule for most areas is once or twice daily cleaning and regular “touch-ups” for spills. Less frequent cleaning of these areas results in a buildup of foreign matter, which diminishes the appearance, safety and service life of the floor.
Slip Free Systems floor coatings should NOT be cleaned with the use of any of the following or similar machinery: burnishers, high-tech cleaners, auto scrubbers, restorers, special seals, abrasive floor pads, automatic buffing machines and similar scrubbing machinery.
Under no circumstance should you use an abrasive cleanser or abrasive cleaning pad of any kind on your epoxy/urethane coated floor.
Avoid chemical spills and full traffic during cure period. Premature exposure may cause permanent staining or discoloration.