Epoxy Grout Removal No Longer A Flooring Problem
ARE you a fan of epoxy grout or do you avoid using it? As a product, it’s fantastic; it provides multiple benefits in terms of durability and an abrasion resistant waterproof finish that’s hygienic and impervious. But the downside is that it can be incredibly difficult to remove where it’s not wanted.
One of the most common problems is epoxy grout haze, where the product leaves an unsightly white film over a floor. This can completely ruin a ceramic or porcelain application.
The haze is caused by cleaning the floor with water, after grouting; epoxy residue becomes suspended in the water and it is then coated across the tile surface.
Once the floor has dried, the tell-tale haze becomes visible. If the floor is subsequently sealed, the grout haze is then sandwiched between the floor surface and the sealant.
It is then even more difficult to remove and, to make matters worse, the sealant won’t work properly because the epoxy will stop it from being absorbed into the tile’s porosity.
Many people try to remove the grout haze by cleaning the floor with an acid-based detergent but because epoxy is resistant to chemicals, it won’t work. Neither will brute force, though both forms of attack may well damage the floor tile.
However, a new breed of ‘trouble-shooters’ can help remove epoxy.
Rather than tackling the residue with acid or alkaline, a mix of compounds and solvents work in combination to dissolve the epoxy, for easy removal.
Once the residue has been removed, the floor should be thoroughly cleaned using a pH-neutral cleaning product.
You may also need to reapply your protector, if the floor was previously sealed, to ensure easy maintenance going forwards.
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Lisa Breakspear is sales & technical director, Fila UK
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.