Warehouse floors have a tendency to peel paint and wear out over time due to constant activity and heavy equipment on them. Sealing and painting on flooring is expensive at the beginning, but will ensure long-term endurance without heavy maintenance costs. Attentiveness to detail while preparing and treating floors affects the lifespan of your flooring. Many options exist for floor issues in warehouses where flurry of activity causes intense wear and tear.
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Things you need
- Floor cleaner
- Mop and bucket
- Epoxy sealant
- Paint brushes
- Paint rollers
- Masonry paint
Sweep and wash floor with a heavy duty floor cleanser. Be sure floor is completely dry (24 hours or more). It is essential that no water or residue is left on the floor prior to sealing.
Treat the floor with an epoxy sealer. The label will have exact instructions, usually a one or two step process depending on type. Epoxy sealers will outlast acrylic-based competitors.
Paint your floor with heavy duty, high quality masonry paint. The higher quality the paint, the less likely the paint will wear thin and peel with use.
Once paint is totally dry and not sticky (at least 24 hours depending on temperature and humidity), seal the paint with an epoxy or water-based sealant again. This will provide one more waterproof barrier.
Inspect floors regularly for wear on the finish and paint. Regular maintenance will ensure floor coatings will last longer. If the floors are showing wear, reseal as soon as possible. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your building.
Tips and warnings
- You may wish to seal where floors meet walls and beams with caulking to reinforce edges of your sealant.
- Any type of paint or sealant can cause physical damage. Be sure to work in well-ventilated areas and follow instructions on the labels of your specific products.
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