If you’ve read my other posts, you’d know I’m a kitchen maniac. I was looking through some pictures of kitchen floors recently, and I stumbled across the shiniest kitchen floor I’ve ever seen. So, what did I do? I did what any content creator would do. I did some research. Come to find out that the floors were that shiny because of a material called Epoxy Resin.
And it turns out you can use this stuff on almost any type of floor. It has some great benefits, it looks good, and it can add more shine than P Diddy’s jewelry collection. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a lot of shine.
So, I put this post together for those of you who are as curious as I am about Epoxy Resin flooring. My guess is, you’ll find something, somewhere in this article that can get the screws turning in your head. Are you ready to take a swing at this Epoxy Resin stuff? Great…
What is Epoxy Resin?
According to sciencedirect.com, epoxy resin is a culmination of interchangeable materials, that all have the same type of reactive function. So, what does that mean? It simply means that you mix two properties, with very similar attributes, together to make your epoxy resin solution.
The thing is, Epoxy Resins have a bunch of different uses. You can use it for your floors, your countertops, in paint, and even jewelry. You could even use the thing to repair and glue small pieces of whatever together. The resin is usually sold in separately, as a viscous resin along with a hardener for you, or someone else to mix.
The list of what you can do with Epoxy Resin goes on and on. And this post is about epoxy for your floors, so we won’t go into all of the other uses for the material. Instead, we’ll focus on what the Epoxy coating can do for your floors, especially in your kitchen.
What Can Epoxy Resin Do for My Floors?
Oh boy, where do I begin? This Epoxy stuff comes with a bunch of benefits. It brightens up your floors, it’s easy to clean and maintain, and it’s heat resistant. At first, I didn’t really know why you’ll need heat resistant floors. But when I thought about it a little more, I realized that anything that’s heat resistant is probably a good thing to have.
Besides the previous benefits I mentioned, I came across many sites that have similar advantages of having Epoxy floors. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Epoxy Floors are Durable
Epoxy Resin floors can last between 10 and 20 years, and even longer, with proper care. The thing is the maintenance isn’t even that bad.
We’ll get to caring for Epoxy floors later. flooring abilities in their kitchen? I know I would. My good people, that means easier cleaning regimen. Yay!
I mentioned this earlier, but I think I have to bring it back one time. Heat resistance in anything is great. It helps protect against fires. Less worry for you and your family.
Prevent Wear and Tear
Epoxy is a strong barrier between you and your floors. That extra protection means fewer accidents to your actual floors. And you want to preserve those floors for as long as possible, right? Of course, you do.
Provide an Elegant Shine
Think about this for a second. A high-gloss kitchen floor surface. So shiny that it can brighten itself up. How does that sound? Too much for you? Or does that fit in perfectly with your style?
There are a bunch of other benefits of Epoxy for your floors, but I chose the best ones. This way we can stay as close as possible to the tracks, without veering off too much. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “It certainly sounds good, but what are the disadvantages”.
I hear you, and I completely agree. You didn’t think I was going to leave you with just the good stuff, right?
Of course not. I also took a look at some of the cons of this floor coating so we can take a holistic view of this wonderful material. First off…
A tedious Prep Process
It’s almost as if you’re replacing your floors with brand-new ones. The process is quite long, and it involves removing moldings, sanding the floors, and cutting if you must. I know, I know. Not what you want to hear, but it needs to be said anyway.
Slow Application Time
First of all, this Epoxy thing takes days to completely dry off. It’s not like a coat of paint that dries in a day or something. Secondly, you need to use a blow torch to get rid of the bubbles. Ugh! A blow torch? Really?
What a smell this thing has. I looked at almost every video on youtube, and let me tell you. If you plan on DIY, then please wear a mask, and open up your windows. The smell can be overbearing to some. There’s even this one girl who said she got sick from the fumes.
Removing it is a Real Pain
If you want to remove the Epoxy coating, for whatever reason, be prepared for a very labor-intensive ride. While the application process is long and drawn out, the removal process is even worse. Most contractors hate it. Imagine that!
Again, there are more disadvantages to Epoxy Resin flooring, but do you really want to go through all of them? I mean, we still have a lot of other stuff to go through. So, let’s get to it.
Can You Use it on Wooden Floors?
There are a lot of conflicting reports on this question. On the one hand, you can find many pictures on google and Pinterest with the Epoxy Resin on wooden floors, but then again you’ll find just as many experts saying that you shouldn’t apply it to your wooden floors.
I’ll leave you to decide on that with your Epoxy Resin specialist. However, I can say that the pics that I’ve seen with the coating on wooden floors, it’s definitely doable. The floors look great with an amazing shine. And, if the Epoxy Resin is as safeguarding as they say it is, then installing it on your wooden floors should be no problem, right?
If you’re still not too sure. Go ahead and ask a professional. What’s the worst that can happen? They tell you what you don’t want to hear? That’s fine, life goes on. I promise. But, on the other hand, you can give someone a call and they’ll tell you that it absolutely can be applied to wooden floors.
What About Tile Floors?
I’ve seen them apply Epoxy Resin over a floor full of pennies. So, my guess is that it’s okay to apply to a tile floor. I mean, let’s be honest. If people are applying this thing to their wooden floors, then I think it’s safe to say that it can be done to tile as well. Tile isn’t as complex as wood is.
What I mean by that is, wood expands and contracts during changes in seasons, kind of like taking breaths. Wood can also be eaten away by insects such as termites and carpenter bees. Tile on the other hand simply sits there and looks good without needing too much attention. You still with me? Good.
If you’re still wondering if it’s a good fit for tiles, then wonder no more. I found a great little article that answers our question. Yes, Epoxy Resin can be installed onto tile floors, but depending on the surface of the tile, there would be some prep involved.
The article goes on to say that Epoxy binds best to rough surfaces, so if your tile floors have some kind of gloss to it, it’ll have to be sanded down to create that rugged exterior. I did tell you earlier, that this Epoxy thing has a tedious prep and application process. So, don’t be surprised now.
How do You Maintain Epoxy Resin Floors?
The great thing about Epoxy Resin is that it doesn’t require much maintenance at all. It already repels dust, water, and heat. So, you don’t have to do much to it to keep it looking fresh. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to do some kind of maintenance, but it’s not nearly as much as say, caring for wooden floors.
I found this article on Wikihow, which gives us a neat little maintenance plan that anyone can follow. It’s really simple, I promise. This is what the article had to say:
Use a dust mop once a week
They say this is the best way to keep it clean. Simply use a soft cloth dust mop which takes up the dust but doesn’t scratch the floors. That’s always a good thing.
Vacuum corners and joints once a month
Simple enough. Pull out that shop vac or that Dyson of yours and hit those kitchen floor crevices where it hurts the most. Be sure to use a vacuum that has soft wheels., or you can just place a soft towel underneath the wheels.
Clean up spills immediately
Again, use a softly padded cloth to clean up any spills. Another soft towel again? I’m sensing a pattern here. My guess is, it’s because the shine is so brilliant, even the smallest of cracks to the surface can be seen easily.
Is that all the maintenance you need? That’s what they’re saying. But wait, there’s more. I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial here, but there is more to it. If you’re looking for a deep cleaning process, follow these tips:
Get a proper deep cleaning solution
You have two options. A non-toxic deep cleanser, or ammonia. Either one works well, so it’s all about your preference. You can help the environment, or you can go no holds barred chemical style.
Mop the Floors with a Hard Foam Sponge
Remember to get the excess cleaning solution off the mop before you apply it to the floors. The excess solution can leave a slight film over your floors that can mess up the look.
Get a separate bucket of warm water, rinse off the mop and start mopping away. When you’re done, you can dry it off with a soft towel. Ugh! Again with the soft stuff. It’s all for the good of the floors I guess.
Epoxy resin floors aren’t that popular in the kitchen. Well, maybe not in residential homes, but that still shouldn’t stop you from looking into it. What’s the worst that can happen from you at least checking out some more on epoxy coated floors? I mean, the information is all over google, so that should keep you busy for a while.
The funny thing is, I told my uncle about it, and he said that he’d never heard of Epoxy Resin for floors before. He always thought it was used for sticking tiles to concrete. Since I told him about it, he’s been thinking of redoing his kitchen floors using the Epoxy solution.
And maybe you’re like him. You didn’t know it existed and now you’ve read this post and the wheels in your head are turning. Good for you. Get those wheels moving and start thinking outside the box. Your kitchen floors must be protected at all costs, so why not start with Epoxy Resin.