Cleaning Aggregate Flooring: Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
Aggregate flooring can look good for years, even decades, if you know how to care for it correctly. Aggregate is made from a mixture of epoxy resin and small stones or pebbles. Glass or quartz chips can also be used instead of stones. The finish of aggregate flooring is bumpy, since to the surface of the stones is not flat, although some companies can pour another layer of resin over the floor or grind it for a smooth finish. Long lasting and durable, not much can go wrong when cleaning it.
Tips for Cleaning
- Aggregate floors are made with a plastic mix, epoxy resin, and are also sealed. Treating the flooring as a plastic is the best way to go about cleaning it.
- First, sweep with a stiff broom to remove dust and dirt. Fill a mop bucket with boiling hot water. Add a dash of mild detergent. Mop floor in a figure 8 motion. Using this motion makes it easier to cover large areas, and also picks up extra particles more effectively. Discard water and the rinse mop. Refill the bucket with boiling hot water only. Give the floor another mopping. Dry floor with towels.
- Resealing every five years is recommended to keep your floors looking their best.
Mistakes to Avoid
- Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives on your aggregate floor. If a product can damage plastic, then it can eat into the resin.
- Metal and hard plastic scourers should not be used on aggregate floors that are with epoxy resin.