Caring For Your New Dining Room Floor
Your latest remodeling project was a concrete floor with an epoxy finish in your dining room. You now have a floor with the look of polished stone. This is a durable material, but there are a few ways it can be damaged. Here are some tips to keep that new floor looking elegant.
1. Use a soft-bristled broom to sweep up debris.
A vacuum can gouge the surface, as can a stiff broom. A light sweeping with a soft broom is usually enough to keep your floor clean.
2. Pick up spills quickly.
Most spills won't pose a problem, but some foods have an acidic content and could cause pitting in the surface. These foods include:
- fruit juice
- carbonated beverages
Wiping up the food with a damp cloth should be sufficient to protect the floor.
3. Wet mop heavy spills and dirt.
For bigger cleanup jobs, mop the floor with warm water and clear ammonia. Some of the household cleansers leave a residue on the epoxy flooring that make the surface slippery. Some cleaners create a dull finish over time. Warm water and ammonia will clean up those problems as well as take care of dirt and spills.
4. Scrub set-in stains carefully.
For those spills and stains that you didn't see under the dining room table for a couple of days, try scrubbing with warm water and a plastic kitchen scrubbing pad. If the stain doesn't come up, use a little non-abrasive bathroom tub and tile cleaner. Abrasive cleaners will scratch the epoxy finish and harsher chemical cleaners will create a dull spot.
5. Protect the epoxy surface from furniture scratches.
Put felt pads under any furniture that touches the finish. Self-stick felt pads on the legs of tables and chairs will protect the finish. Felt squares under dining room cabinets protect the floor from those heavy items.
6. Use door mats to capture dirt and grit.
If you don't like to enforce a "no shoes in the house" rule, then make sure the family wipes off their shoes on a door mat when they come into the house. Tiny rocks and sand trapped in the bottom of shoes will scratch the epoxy surface.
7. Protect the floor when moving heavy items over it.
If you have to bring in heavy items over the dining room floor, such as a new sofa, to get to another room, put down cardboard or carpet squares to protect the floor. This will prevent scratches and gouges in the floor should someone lose their grip and the item slips to the floor.
To learn more, contact a company like The Carolina Floor Project.