Cleaning an Epoxy Surface - The Ultimate Guide (Updated for 2024)


A walnut charcuterie board with an epoxy river pour down the middle in bright blue sitting on a light wooden surface ready for cleaning an epoxy surface

Welcome to the world of epoxy - a versatile and durable material loved by DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike! Whether you're working on an artistic project or a custom furniture build, keeping your epoxy surface clean is essential for maintaining its aesthetic appeal and longevity. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the best practices for cleaning and maintaining an epoxy surface. By the end of this guide, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to keep your epoxy installations looking pristine!

Understanding Epoxy Surfaces

Before we dive into cleaning techniques, it's crucial to understand what makes epoxy a unique material. Epoxy is a polymer that forms through the reaction of an epoxide resin and subsequent hardener. It's known for its wear resistance, bonding strength, waterproofing capabilities, and high shine. This makes it a favorite in both home DIY projects and industrial applications. Unfortunately, this resilience doesn't exactly make it maintenance-free.

Preparing for Cleaning

Materials You'll Need:

Preparation Steps:

  • Clear the Area: Remove any objects from the epoxy surface.

  • Sweep or Vacuum: Eliminate any loose dirt or debris to avoid scratching the surface during the wet cleaning. This can be done with a soft cloth or microfiber towel.

Regular Cleaning Techniques

For floors, charcuterie boards, tables, or frequently used surfaces you'll want to make sure you use a combination of the following practices: 

  • Sweeping: Regularly sweep the area to prevent dirt accumulation.

  • Dusting: Use a microfiber cloth to dust off surfaces of epoxy artwork or countertops.

  • Mopping Floors: Use a soft mop and mixture of warm water and a pH-neutral cleaner. Avoid using hot water as it can decrease the epoxies longevity. 

  • Wiping Surfaces: Gently wipe down worktops or epoxy art pieces with a soft, damp cloth. 

Deep Cleaning Your Epoxy Surface

Sometimes, your epoxy might need a bit more TLC to remove stubborn stains or to refresh its look after heavy use.

For Stubborn Stains

  • Mix a Cleaning Solution: Combine warm water with a pH-neutral floor cleaner for floors. For tougher stains, you can use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol diluted in warm water. However, if you want to be really effective, we recommend using our 2-part cleaning and polishing system specifically designed for cleaning and polishing an epoxy surface. Learn more about our Pro Polish & Cleaner here. 

  • Apply the Solution: Use a soft cloth or apply our cleaning solution directly onto the epoxy surface. 

  • Gently Scrub: Methodically and carefully rub the solution onto the epoxy surface. If using our system, we recommend a buffing pad or microfiber cloth for direct application. For textured epoxy surfaces, use a very soft bristle brush to gently work in the solution.

For Scuffs and Marks

Scuffs and marks are inevitable for surfaces that get regular use, so it's a good thing there are a few solutions you can use to minimize the damage to keep your epoxy surface looking fresh. 

  • For Smaller Scuffs: Apply isopropyl alcohol on a soft cloth and gently rub the scuffed area with a microfiber towel. 

  • For Larger Scuffs: Use our 2-part Pro Polish & Cleaner to get your surface looking brand new. You'll want to follow the instructions exactly, and using a buffing pad will work the best for those larger scale scuffs you can't seem to shake. 

  • Huge dings and chips: Unfortunately for these dings and chips the only way to fix them is to sand down the epoxy surface and then apply another flood coat of table top epoxy to bring back the high gloss shiny surface you once had. Please wear a respirator when sanding epoxy resin if you do not have a dust free collection system. 

Cleaning an Epoxy Surface With Uncured Resin

If you somehow get uncured resin onto an epoxy surface there are a couple ways to remove it before it cures. Please note once epoxy cures on top of another epoxy surface you will not be able to remove it.

  • Use our VOC free Resin Quick Clean - PS: it smells delightful! Learn more about Resin Quick Clean here. 

  • Grab some paper towel and isopropyl alcohol - it doesn't work or smell as amazing, but will get the job done in a pinch.

Preventative Measures for Epoxy Surfaces

Maintaining an epoxy surface isn't just about cleaning; it's also about prevention.

  • Use Protective Mats: For epoxy flooring, use mats at entrances to catch dirt and pebbles that might scratch the floor. 

  • Furniture Pads: Attach felt pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches on epoxy floors or countertops.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Never use abrasive cleaners or pads, as they will dull the epoxy surface and finish. 


    Cleaning and maintaining an epoxy surface requires the right approach to ensure it continues to look its best. By following the guidelines above, you'll extend the life and beauty of your epoxy installations. Remember, the key to a lasting, shiny epoxy surface lies in regular maintenance and the use of appropriate cleaning methods and products. Embrace these practices, and your epoxy surfaces will continue to dazzle for years to come! 



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