Lisa Breakspear, sales & technical director, Fila (UK). explains the best ways to remove epoxy grout:
EPOXY grout is a product that offers lots of benefits. It’s renowned for its durability and resistance to just
about everything – from chemicals, to water and UV rays. In areas where hygiene is essential, such as hospitals and food prep areas, its advantages are substantial; as in wet areas – from spa and swimming pool, to hotel bathroom.
But, like any great product, epoxy’s benefits can sometimes have draw-backs.
These mostly are when trying to remove it from surfaces, or, when attempting to rectify tiles after unsuitable ‘remover’ has been used. Removal from mosaics can also prove difficult, and time consuming!
To ensure a surface isn’t compromised, products used to remove epoxy should be fit for purpose and, above all, safe to use on the tile’s surface – in terms of the composition and surface treatment.
As with any floor treatment, carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions. And, in terms of the remover, it’s worth investing in a quality formulation. If residue isn’t properly removed, it can become a real dirt magnet, making further maintenance more difficult.
Fila’s range includes a high performance degreasing cleaner and wax remover and new water-based liquid detergent formulated to remove epoxy residues. To remove stubborn epoxy, a single disc cleaner fitted with an emulsifying pad can be used to gently buff the surface.
During this procedure, epoxy remover should be applied directly to the surface, rather than adding the dilution to the machine tank.
After removal, any epoxy resin should be sealed in a plastic container and disposed of as hazardous waste; it should never be washed down the drain or sink, as it can contaminate both soil and water.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.