Your Guide to Non-Slip Flooring: The Key to Safe Surfaces
Explore the most effective non-slip flooring solutions by delving into the answers to your frequently asked questions. At Kleenit we understand commercial areas, garages and warehouses need practical non slip flooring with the right protection. But, what’s the best option to ensure a safe step? We’ve taken a comprehensive look into non slip flooring from materials to maintenance, safeguarding patrons to epoxy flooring, so you can find everything you need to make the right non slip choice. First thing’s first: What is Non Slip Flooring? Non slip flooring, also known as anti slip flooring, is a type of flooring material specifically designed to reduce the risk of slips and falls. Non slip flooring provides enhanced traction and grip underfoot, making it less slippery and safer, especially in areas prone to moisture, spills, or heavy foot traffic. Non slip flooring can be material based or include a treatment coating for that extra anti slip effect. What is the best non slip surface? The ultimate non slip surfaces include materials like rubber, cork, carpet or textured tiles and vinyl. These materials offer good traction and are less likely to become slippery when exposed to moisture. Kleenit’s anti slip flooring coating treatments are a proactive way to ensure safe steps in areas prone to moisture or spills. Kleenit’s anti slip coating creates a roughened textured surface to safeguard a workplace, factory, warehouse or poolside. Kleenit regularly installs non slip industrial and epoxy flooring for commercial areas. What is Epoxy Flooring? Epoxy flooring is a type of surface coating created by mixing epoxy resin with a hardening agent. When applied to a concrete or other solid substrate, this mixture forms a strong, durable, and chemically resistant surface. Epoxy flooring is commonly used in industrial settings such as, garages, warehouses and commercial spaces. Epoxy flooring offers a high gloss finish, easy maintenance and provides a protective surface. How is Epoxy flooring non slip? The best way to ensure epoxy flooring is non slip is by adding substances like silica, sand, or aluminium oxide to the epoxy resin mixture. These materials create texture, enhancing grip and reducing slipperiness when coated on surfaces. These additives produce a textured surface with enhanced traction, safeguarding the floor and patrons. Does Epoxy Flooring get slippery when wet? Epoxy flooring can become slippery when wet if they don’t have non slip additives. It’s highly important to apply non slip materials to all epoxy flooring to significantly improve traction and safety in wet conditions or in high spillage areas. It’s a good idea to properly coat bathrooms with epoxy resin non slip flooring for added safety in the workplace. What is the best non slip flooring for Seniors? Along with epoxy resin non slip flooring the best option for seniors is vinyl flooring with a textured surface. Vinyl flooring offers a soft but secure footing for seniors, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Vinyl planks are plastic and soft, cushioning any dent or heavy impacts. Plus, vinyl planks are 100% waterproof and often stain-resistant. With a range of materials to ensure a safe step, it's clear to see anti slip treatments offer a proactive approach to safeguarding your workplace and patrons. Kleenit’s non slip flooring coating options can elevate safety and functionality at any commercial space. Kleenit’s non slip flooring options ensure a safe step with efficiency, affordability, and convenience. Contact one of our Kleenit experts for a FREE quote today!
Refresh, Reorganise, Renew: The Power of Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is more than just tidying up your wardrobe Marie Kondo style, it's an opportunity to create a refreshed, rejuvenated and healthier space. While many spring cleaning tasks can be tackled on your own, Kleenit understands the power of deep cleaning with the latest expertise. We can identify overlooked areas during your spring cleaning to create a healthier and more comfortable living or working environment. Skip into Spring Cleaning A great way to kick off your spring cleaning is inside the house. Make sure to clean thoroughly behind all big appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines for dust, dirt, and pet hair. Kleenit experts know how to keep your air quality top-notch by cleaning and inspecting air vents around your home. Overhead lights, chandeliers, pendant fixtures and ceiling fans love to accumulate dust and cobwebs, spring cleaning always helps to let more light in. Don’t Forget Outside! Exterior house cleaning is essential to spring cleaning and Kleenit offers a huge range of services to revitalise the outside of your home or workplace. Pressure washing is an effective way to remove dirt, or mould from exterior walls. Plus, Kleenit’s pressure washing is optimal for paver and driveway cleaning to remove dark oil stains. If you’ve been struck by a graffiti vandal Kleenit can help with graffiti removal, delivering a fresh, clean look for the outside of your home or workplace. Spring Cleaning Safety Spring cleaning in commercial spaces enhances workplace functionality. When cleaning commercial spaces, we ensure a safe, smooth and incident-free process to protect your employees, customers and visitors. Proper Signage During spring cleaning, it's common for floors to be wet and slippery. To prevent slips and falls, we use caution signs easily visible to employees and visitors in areas being cleaned. Handling Cleaning Chemicals Cleaning chemicals can pose health risks if mishandled. Kleenit experts are trained to use these chemicals safely with proper protective gear. Chemicals are then stored and disposed of correctly to prevent accidents. Minimise Disruptions At Kleenit, we coordinate our cleaning schedules to minimise workplace disruptions with options for off-peak spring cleaning or when your commercial space is closed. Ventilation Proper ventilation is crucial when using cleaning products. Kleenit will make sure there is adequate airflow to dissipate fumes and chemicals, reducing the risk of respiratory issues. Deep Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning Not all cleaning is created equal. When spring cleaning this season know there is a significant difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning. Regular cleaning involves daily or weekly upkeep, such as tidying, vacuuming, and wiping surfaces. It's vital for day-to-day cleanliness but often falls short when it comes to tackling hidden grime and dirt. Deep cleaning is a comprehensive, top-to-bottom cleaning process addressing neglected areas. It targets spaces not typically cleaned during regular maintenance, such as behind appliances, inside cabinets, and beneath furniture. Deep cleaning is essential to maintain a healthy living environment and an ideal opportunity to rid your home of dust, pollen, and allergens. Spring is the perfect time to schedule a deep clean. Kleenit’s deep cleaning expertise can significantly improve indoor air quality, reduce allergies and declutter your space so you can enjoy a refreshed living or workplace environment. With the Kleenit experts, you’ll be ready for entertaining throughout spring well into the Christmas season. So what are you waiting for? Skip into spring cleaning with Kleenit today! For more information contact the Kleenit team and receive a FREE quote.
Graffiti Removal Tips and Techniques
Fast graffiti removal is essential to prevent further vandalism of a site. Kleenit offers swift graffiti removal, and to help keep our communities tag-free, we’re providing some valuable tips for effectively removing graffiti from various surfaces. While we’re not making any brand recommendations in this article, they may be mentioned as guidance on materials and methods to help tackle graffiti and explore further solutions. Before we begin: The best treatment is prevention While we’ve yet to find a surefire way to prevent vandalism, there are well-documented approaches for helping to stop graffiti before it occurs. Crime prevention through environmental design, or CPTED, methodologies suggest that immediately removing graffiti, practising general upkeep, reducing potential ‘dark spots’ for visibility and preventing access to potential blank canvases all help to prevent graffiti. Additionally, CCTV, sensor lights and real or imitation security systems all have a part to play in communicating to would-be vandals that the risk is just not worth it. Applying anti-graffiti coating may be a worthwhile investment for some types of surfaces. Anti-graffiti paint is a unique material that lessens another paint’s ability to permanently adhere to the surface, making rapid graffiti clean-up a breeze and further reducing ongoing maintenance costs. Unfortunately, “anti-graffiti paint” does not mean the coating will prevent graffiti from being applied. The basic five-step process for cleaning graffiti is relatively consistent, though the detail and ingredients may change depending on the surface (read further for more on that): Prompt action is crucial — don’t leave it for longer than necessary. Start with the most gentle option to prevent further surface damage. If the ‘tag’ is fresh, mild soapy water and a sponge may be enough. Then try specific solutions suitable for the surface and graffiti medium. Get ready for runoff! Paints and solvents can stain or damage floor surfaces like concrete and bricks or contaminate your garden beds. Make a plan for where the water and chemicals will go. Don’t clean up your place and dirty the waterways. Test on a small area first. If you’re unsure of the material, call in an expert. Protect yourself with safety gear (PPE). Depending on the chemicals used, that may include a full-body chem suit, sturdy waterproof boots, safety glasses, face shield, respirator, and heavy-duty gloves. How to treat graffiti on metal Metal like Colorbond®, corrugated steel, and truck sides often attract graffiti — but thankfully, metal is one of the easier surfaces for paint removal. On plain, uncoated metal, you may try common paint thinners such as mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, or acetone on paper towels or a sponge, and dispose of these appropriately. Aggressive solvents can harm the paint finish of Colorbond® steel, so read the instructions, contact the maker, and always spot-test somewhere less visible. In some cases, we’ve found that WD-40 can help break up and lubricate off certain types of marker paint pens without adverse interactions with metal. Use extreme caution with abrasives such as steel wool, as scratching may just buff in the deviant's ‘design’ to the metal or surface paint. Even a plastic sponge scourer or table salt can leave marks in finishes if you’re vigorous with them. If paint thinners are not an option or do not work, consider power-washing the graffiti with a pressure washer. Be careful with your nozzle selection; the finer the jet, the more likely you are to etch the metal. If all else fails, consider painting over the graffiti to restore the surface's appearance, potentially with an anti-graffiti product. Note that with Colorbond®, some anti-graffiti coatings may yellow and flake off over time if applied to their coatings. Kleenit is happy to advise of what options may be most suitable for your surface. Cleaning graffiti off metal, recap: Try water and household detergent first. Test, then wipe with common paint thinners or graffiti removal products. Light penetrating oil may work for fresh paint. Nail polish remover works well for some marker pens (Sharpie). Power-wash with caution or opt for repainting. Wood surfaces: How to clean graffiti Wood surfaces require special care to prevent damage. If the wood is sealed with paint, stain, or sealer and isn't weathered, wipe the graffiti with mineral spirits. However, avoid this method on weathered wood to prevent pushing the paint deeper into the surface. Low-pressure power washing can be effective, but ensure the pressure doesn't drive the paint deeper into the wood grain. If these methods fall short, sand the wood and repaint it. If sanding or spraying, use caution on R3 and R4 treated pine (the green stuff) as this is treated with arsenic and perhaps other chemicals. Cleaning graffiti on wood, recap: Use mineral spirits on sealed wood. Avoid mineral spirits on weathered wood. Low-pressure power washing or sanding for removal. Plastic: A gentle approach to graffiti removal Avoid paint thinners on plastic surfaces as they can soften plastic, potentially causing clouding or tackiness. Instead, try wiping graffiti with light penetrating oil like WD-40, but avoid it on polycarbonate and clear polystyrene plastic. Fun fact: if you have sun-damaged security flyscreens, WD-40 can also be used to rejuvenate their blackness and shine. A plastic sponge scourer is less likely to damage the area than a coarse scourer, though fine steel wool used judiciously may just do the trick. If those steps haven’t worked, it’s time to break out the pressure washer, starting with the widest nozzle. Unfortunately, painting plastic may not provide a sustainable long-term option due to low adhesion and the effects of weather. But depending on the type, a suitable product may be in your local hardware store. Plastic graffiti cleaning recap: Avoid paint thinners on plastic. Use penetrating oil or gentle rubbing (checking the plastic type first) Try an ultra-fine plastic scourer or steel wool for stubborn spots. Graffiti on glass: A razor’s edge A razor or flexible scraper may be the best option on un-tinted glass. Hold the razor blade at a 30-degree angle with an appropriate handle, and slowly scrape painted graffiti off the glass. For more prominent spots like an office window, you may find it quicker to use a paint thinner — just check which side of the glass is tinted before applying any chemicals. If someone has used a sharp implement to etch into the glass, you’ll need to speak with a glazier about solutions. ‘Graffers” sometimes use tungsten- or diamond-tip drill bits to scratch their tags on glass. Still, some nifty solutions similar to windshield chip fixes may save an expensive replacement. Glass graffiti solutions: Carefully scrape with a razor blade. Ultra-fine bronze wool for persistent spots. Pressure cleaning, potentially with a suitable solvent. Masonry graffiti: The pressure is on If your building is older or heritage-listed, proceed cautiously, as any of the solutions below may lead to further damage in inexperienced hands. Graffiti removal from masonry usually requires power-washing under low pressure, under 700 psi. Professional sand-blasting may be required in cases where the paint has been absorbed into the stone or mortar. However, this usually means a larger area must be treated to keep colouring and natural wear consistent. There are also considerations for public safety to prevent silicosis and environmental contamination when using a sandblaster. Neither pressure washing nor sandblasting may be suitable for painted masonry, in which case, repainting may present the preferred path. Graffiti treatment for masonry, recap: Power-wash under 700 psi. Sand-blasting as an alternative. Paint over if other methods fail. Concrete graffiti removal isn’t hard with Kleenit For concrete cleaning, opt for a high-strength paint stripper. Ensure your safety by protecting your skin, eyes, and mouth while working with chemicals. Prepare the surface by removing loose paint particles. Apply the paint stripper, wait a few minutes, and scrub with a stiff brush. If necessary, use pressure washing, followed by priming and repainting. Brick cleaning requires a more delicate touch. Use a wire brush with warm water, gently scrubbing to remove graffiti. After scrubbing, use absorbent powder to soak up the remaining moisture, and once dry, apply a transparent protection layer. Diluted hydrochloric acid should only be used to remove mortar stains from clay brickwork and done so with great caution, as it can cause acid staining to the mortar. Rust stains from bore water have their own cleaning specifications. Cleaning one spot of graffiti on a brick wall may also reduce the efflorescence, a powdery deposit of salts that forms on the surface of bricks and mortar. The wall may need to be sponged with a small amount of water to return a surface to a consistent appearance. Brick and concrete graffiti removal recap: Paint stripper gel for concrete. Gentle wire brush for brick surfaces. On bricks, use an absorbent powder to remove moisture. Scrub, pressure wash (prime and repaint if required). Safety Measures and Expert Guidance Always read product labels and follow instructions. Commercial cleaning products often contain potent chemicals that can harm surfaces and pose risks to your skin, lungs and eyes. Graffiti removal experts possess the necessary protective gear and can offer eco-friendly solutions. If you're unsure about the environmental impact, safety or efficacy, seek expert advice before starting. Kleenit offers a specialised approach to graffiti removal, which is especially valuable for swift action to prevent copycat vandals. Where pressure-washing alone is insufficient, our "stripping gel" is carefully applied, adhering to the surface without running. This gel softens and blisters the graffiti paint, enabling high-pressure cleaning equipment to blast it off the surface. Our proven process is efficient and minimises mess. A Graffiti-Free Future Graffiti removal might seem daunting, but with the proper techniques, it's manageable. Swift action, beginning with gentle methods, and leveraging expert advice are essential. Whether metal, wood, plastic, glass, masonry or bricks, options abound. Kleenit can help you to restore the beauty of your building and provide anti-graffiti paint for future protection. For a no obligation free quote on graffiti removal or prevention, contact us today.
Step into Safety: Non-Slip Flooring Solutions
With more wet weather headed for Australia’s winter months, now is the best time to tread a safer path with Kleenit’s non slip flooring. Safety is paramount in the workplace, however slips and falls are one of the top causes of workplace accidents in Australia. Non slip flooring protects your staff and customers from potential injuries, effectively reducing risk from wet or greasy areas. Kleenit’s range of non slip flooring solutions adds functionality to safety with our effective design and long-term maintenance process. It’s time to be proactive and protect your team from accidents in slippery zones. So how does it work? First, it’s important to ensure correct preparation procedures are in place before applying the sealer and substrate pack. We make sure surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, washing away dirt and grime ready for the adhesive. Kleenit’s non slip flooring utilises specialised treads, granules, flakes and beads to the coating system. With a range of anti slip coating plus non slip paint Kleenit regularly installs top quality anti slip flooring in commercial buildings and warehouses. Enhanced Safety Kleenit’s protective anti slip coatings protect your staff and customers from potential slip or fall injuries in the workplace. Specialising in anti slip floor coatings for industrial environments and commercial flooring treatments, our anti slip flooring adheres to Australian standards across tiles and concrete surfaces. Whether it's peak hour at the gym, a busy hospital, or a fast-paced warehouse, these flooring options offer peace of mind to everyone who steps foot on them. Protection All Areas Non-slip flooring is limitless as our anti slip coating is available for various types of settings demanding extra precaution. In kitchens, where spills are common, non-slip flooring ensures even the clumsiest chef can navigate without worry. Bathrooms can be transformed for safety with anti slip coating or non slip paint. Gyms become injury-free zones, hospitals minimise the risk of accidents, and warehouses maintain a steady footing even in the busiest of times. Design and Aesthetics Kleenit's range of non slip flooring options offers both functional and aesthetic qualities with a wide range of textures, colours and paints. It's important to find the right type, size and make up of floor grip granules, along with the method of application. Our expert team are available to guide you through the process installing a resin non slip coating or product. Plus, Kleenit’s anti slip flooring always meets the WHS requirements to pass mandatory friction or pendulum slip tests. Effortless Upkeep Kleenit's anti slip solutions focus on safety therefore we have innovative materials and coatings to create an efficient maintenance process. We have a team of experts to guide you along the way ensuring all dirt, grime and spills do not impact your anti slip floor coating over time. With Kleenit's non slip flooring solutions you can proactively protect your workforce and customers as they tread a safer path. Our services are efficient, affordable, and convenient, plus our team of anti slip flooring experts are highly skilled to deliver top-notch results and guide you through the whole process. Chat to one of our Kleenit advisors for a FREE quote today!
How do I get rid of bore water stains in my home?
Light-brown stains on the sides of buildings and fences are a common sight across WA. You may not realise that it’s a uniquely Western Australian problem! What causes bore water stains? Being a region rich in iron ore, WA’s groundwater in the Great Artesian Basin contains iron oxide (AKA: rust). Irrigation bores bring this mix to the surface, where the water evaporates leaving the iron residue to build up over time. Here’s a guide on how to effectively remove bore water stains from the outdoor area of your home in Perth. How soon do I need to clean bore stains? Waiting to remove bore water stains can make them more challenging to remove. Iron oxide bonds strongly with surfaces, effectively becoming a part of them. We also have to remember, we’re dealing with a metal substance here - and metal is tough! Stubborn, dark bore stains that have been left for long periods under the harsh WA sun can be nearly impossible to remove using domestic cleaning products. Is there a DIY way to clean bore water stains? Due to the risk of damaging your property and potential for polluting waterways with non-biosafe cleaning chemicals, we do not recommend bore water stain cleaning yourself. Hiring a professional to conduct bore water stain removal in Perth is a cost-effective solution that will work for most rust staining issues. What gets rid of bore water stains? Bore water stain removal will usually consist of using a specially-formulated, biodegradable iron oxide dissolving solution to the affected area. Products need to be spot tested to ensure that it is the correct cleaner for the job. Professionals tend to use cleaners that are known to be safe to use across a wide range of materials from glass to stainless steel to concrete. A Kleenit bore water stain removal service also involves an industry-grade high-pressure clean, which will remove all residue and stubborn stains. Kleenit has methods for removing stains from: Exterior walls Concreted areas Brick paving Signage Fencing Driveways Windows Choosing a professional to conduct your bore water stain removal on your brickwork, driveway, paving or concrete areas, is the easiest way to restore your property to prime condition. How can I prevent bore water stains? Councils and owners of larger properties may want to consider a professional treatment system that uses a non-toxic solution to neutralise and filter the iron oxide. Typical systems cost around $2-3k to install and have an annual running cost of a few hundred dollars. The average homeowner who is plagued by bore stains may need to make the switch away from free bore water. This, of course, comes at a higher cost and with restrictions on reticulation times. The other option is to use nanotech enabled paints, which can create a waterproof barrier on wood, metal, stone, roofing, concrete and more. This allows bore water to bead or sheet off, limiting the amount of rust residue staining that will occur. Bore stain cleaning service for Perth Keeping your outdoor area free from bore water stains can prove to be quite a challenge, so get a professional opinion. Kleenit offers a free, no-obligation quote service, so get in touch with us today to discuss bore water stain removal.
Garage floor paint vs epoxy: what type of flooring is best for your garage?
As a homeowner, what are you doing to protect the longevity and appearance of your garage floor? If you’re considering a floor coating, there’s a few things you need to know. A floor coating can extend the life of your flooring and improve the aesthetic of an usually fairly lacklustre room. Garage floors in particular need to be able to withstand a substantial amount of wear and tear, with the frequent traffic in and out from cars and bikes, which can cause stains and marks on unprotected floors. So how to paint your garage floor and what are the best products to protect your floors? Garage floor coatings: what are they and what do they do? As the name suggests, garage floor coatings are applied to a floor in order to protect it from stains and tyre marks. There are several choices when it comes to floor coatings. Two of the most widely-trusted options are garage floor paint and epoxy floor paint. Both come with their pros, cons, costs and applications. What is garage floor paint? And why is it different to the stuff that goes on your walls? Garage floor paint is a latex acrylic paint, a slightly tougher paint to what you would put on your walls, but just like wall paint, it is available in myriad colours. Some manufacturers offer paint products that contain a certain amount of epoxy, and will refer to this as 1-Part epoxy paint. Floor paint that contains some epoxy offers more consistent adhesion and will be more durable than paint without the epoxy. In terms of cost, floor paint can be the cheaper option. However, it will likely require more frequent touch-ups. What is epoxy floor paint? Epoxy floor coating or epoxy floor paint is made up of two-components: epoxy resin and polyamine hardener. Epoxy can be coloured or clear. If you have a coloured epoxy, it’s the epoxy resin that the colour is applied to. The nature of the two components means the final product is a hard, very durable surface coating that provides a protective seal to the concrete floor as well as a stain-resistant barrier (perfect for grease, oil and rubber from the cars). While you can purchase epoxy floor coating at hardware stores, there is value in having a professional supply and apply the epoxy coating for you. One key reason for this is because the higher the epoxy content, the higher the viscosity (read: thicker and stickier). So while DIY epoxy paint kits may sound very appealing and easy to use, if you want a high-quality result, it's best to leave it to an expert epoxy flooring specialist, such as Kleenit. In terms of cost, epoxy requires a higher up-front investment but will usually last at least 3 to 5 years before needing to be touched up. What are the advantages of epoxy paint over normal garage floor paint ? All in all, when comparing epoxy coating to normal floor paint, it’s clear from our experience that the epoxy floor coating provides a superior and longer-lasting finish for your garage floors. The key benefit of using an epoxy floor coating over floor paint is durability. For a garage floor coating that looks better for longer, professionally applied epoxy floor coatings help avoid the trap of ‘buy cheap, buy twice.’ Choosing a professional epoxy floor coating service. Want advice from an expert in epoxy floor coatings in your area? Call Kleenit for the know-how and experience to “get the job done!” Let's give your garage floor some well-deserved upgrade and maybe a new purpose! Oh, and you can get a free quote for epoxy flooring in Australia by getting in touch.
Enhance your selling potential with external house cleaning
Looking to put your property on the market? Give your home the best chance with a professional external house clean! First impressions count, and with over 30 years expertise, we understand external house cleaning is as important as internal cleaning when preparing to sell. The external appearance of your property plays a significant role in attracting top notch buyers, a fast sell and the best price possible. When people are searching for their new dream home, they want to feel their next purchase has been well-maintained and looked after. Our exterior house cleaners can transform your property, making it look as good as new, enticing new buyers before they even enter the house! Investing in professional exterior house washing saves time and allows you to focus on what’s important. Discover our huge range of external house cleaning services to revitalise your property! Pressure Cleaning You’ll be surprise by how much exterior house pressure cleaning will make a difference to your home. Our high-pressure cleaning blasts the dust and dirt off the walls, gutters and roof. Using a biodegradable alkaline detergent foam, we dislodge dirt and apply a specialised hose to pressure clean. This is best for outside wall, concrete, roof, tile, gutter and brick paver cleaning. We can also pressure clean your outdoor entertainment areas to give your home that extra sparkle! Patio cleaning and deck washing is a big part of bringing a home back to life. The Australian elements don’t help the aging of timber, but we can! We have a huge range of solutions to clean and seal your deck to not only make it look as good as new, but preserve its lifespan for the new buyer. Brick Cleaning Are you worried about marks or stains on your bricks before selling? We can remove the toughest of mortar splashes and excess cement with brick cleaning. Using acid, agitation and high-pressure water our team of skilled operators know what is required to get the best results from all brick types, even on the hardest compounds, removing the white or green tinge on bricks. Bore Water Stain Removal Get rid of the rusty marks with our state of the art bore water stain removal technique. While bore water is an excellent source for irrigation in WA, the brown tinge can leave some rusty looking marks not ideal for attracting the right buyers. We use a specially formulated solution that dissolves the iron oxide on affected areas almost instantly! Oil and Grease Stains As your potential new buyer enters your property, make sure the driveway looks fresh with our driveway stain removal solution. We are specialists in removing grease and oil from driveways and garages, plus, can seal these areas to prevent staining. We apply a detergent foam to break down the stains then blast the area with 3600psi of hot water. This method can also remove oil from concrete and brickwork. External house cleaning is essential when it comes to selling your property. An external house clean enhances the overall appearance of your property, making it more appealing to the right kind of buyers prepared to pay a premium for their favourite property. It can speed up the process, especially in a competitive market! At Kleenit we make sure our services are efficient, affordable, and convenient. Our team of experts are highly skilled to deliver top-notch results leaving your property looking as good as new. Chat to one of our Kleenit advisors for a quote today and we’ll get the job done.
Bring the outside in with epoxy flake flooring
If you’re an avid fan of home renovation shows like The Block, or have looked at an interior design blog or Pinterest board lately, you would have noticed the meteoric rise of natural flooring materials being used inside homes and businesses. Textures like stone, marble, concrete, and brick are being utilised more and more to bring a sense of the outside in, and to elevate a sense of earthy calm into a space. We love this trend – and think it looks great when done right. But not all spaces (and budgets) are made equal. That’s where epoxy flake flooring could be the solution for you. It’s the perfect way to class up concrete, without breaking the budget. But you might be asking, ‘what on earth is flake flooring’? Well quite simply, it’s epoxy flooring laid on top of concrete, with decorative vinyl flakes added to create a textured look. This method is gaining popularity as a stylish, durable and statement-making floor covering. How the flakes are broadcast (or dispersed) can also drastically change the appearance of the flooring. With a range of epoxy colours and flake sizes, you can emulate the designer looks of any surface, from a terrazzo floor to a polished stone look and even certain marbles. Where are the best locations for flake flooring? With all the flake and colour combinations available, the potential applications for flake flooring are virtually endless. Here are some of the kinds of spaces that we’ve helped our customers transform: Wet areas Flake flooring is a great solution for those wanting a cost-effective polished stone look in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry. With non-slip protective coatings available, it’s a safe and stylish option for these wet areas. Living areas With amazing looks replicating stone and marble, flake flooring is on the rise as a way to bring living areas to life. No wonder, either – being stain and scuff resistant makes it an easy choice for the room that gets the most wear and tear in a home! Retail & business Flake flooring also looks fantastic in retail spaces where you need a hard-wearing, easy-to-clean, anti-slip floor that will give your customers a sense of the outside being brought inside. This treatment is popular among restaurants, cafés, and retail shops. Another bonus is that it can be colour-matched to suit any theme. Schools High foot traffic areas like school common areas, classrooms, and gymnasiums are ideal locations for flake flooring. Its ability to withstand constant use, coupled with being easy to clean and the option to add non-slip protection make it perfect for the school environment. Garages and warehouses An epoxy garage floor or warehouse floor with flakes will make any room feel more like a showroom! Being chip, spill and stain resistant also makes it an ideal solution for these prone areas. Plus, its flaked texture masks dirt and dust that much better than plain concrete. Outside the home or office While it’s popular for interior spaces, epoxy flake flooring can also transform outside the home or workplace too. Instead of forking out for expensive pavers that can crack, flake flooring is commonly used to liven up patios, driveways, alfresco areas and walkways. How is it installed? Installing an epoxy flake floor with a specialist like Kleenit can radically transform the look of a room or exterior. All the while, it will create a scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean surface that is chemical and stain resistant, and will last for many years to come. Installing the flooring involves the application of epoxy paints, and broadcasting vinyl chips to create a decorative finish. 1. Preparation It’s vital that the concrete is prepared correctly. This is to ensure proper penetration and bonding of the epoxy paints. There are no shortcuts here – the longevity and quality of the finished floor would be compromised otherwise. 2. Primer/sealer coat Once the concrete is prepared, an epoxy primer and sealer is applied to ensure an effective bond with the surface. 3. Epoxy Coat A coat of two-pack tinted epoxy paint is then applied on top of the primer coat. The two products bond together. 4. Flake broadcasting Coloured flakes are broadcast (or distributed) onto the epoxy layer to create the decorative flake effect. 5. Polyurethane clear top coat Finally, two coats of a clear, two-pack polyurethane paint are applied to give a high gloss, hard wearing, and scratch-resistant finish. How do I look after flake flooring? While epoxy flake flooring is heavy duty and incredibly durable, like all floors, nothing can stay perfect forever. However, looking after it will go a long way to increasing its lifespan. When treated with care, you can expect a flake floor to last you a good 20 or more years. Want to know what steps to take to care for your flake flooring? Well, since it’s made with practically the same materials and finish as epoxy flooring, you can find a post we’ve previously made on the topic here. How much does it costs? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to how much an epoxy flake floor costs. The final price of the project will depend on factors such as the surface area, the condition of the concrete, the type of flake finish you want, and whether anti-slip protection is applied. Rest assured though that it is one of the most cost-effective ways for you to treat your floor. Contact a Kleenit advisor to get a free quote for your epoxy flake flooring.
Transform your garage into a gym with epoxy flooring
During COVID, working out at home became a necessity. We did yoga in the loungeroom, jumped rope in the backyard, and smashed Ninja workouts on YouTube. We got imaginative because we didn’t have a choice. Now, as we’re back to normal (relatively), we can all return to group classes and public gyms. But, despite being able to reactivate our memberships, many people are choosing to continue to exercise at home. And why not? There are many benefits, including convenience, time, and privacy. Benefits of working out at home: Convenience: You roll out of bed and hit the weights without having to muster up the energy to get in your car and drive. Financial: Gym memberships are expensive. Working out at home saves you thousands of dollars every year. Time: Time is a commodity. Quick lunch workout? You’ll be done in 30. We all could use more time, and exercising in your own space will save you a lot. Privacy: Some people love the camaraderie of working out with others, but others prefer privacy. As many benefits there are to work outing at home, there are also downfalls, and space is one of them. If you want to lift weights, where do you store them? What about your exercise bike? Will it annoy the family in the lounge room? And forget about a bench press! You need a designated space to work out. Our clients are installing garage gyms with the help of epoxy flooring. Epoxy will convert any garage into a full-fledged gym that even your mates will want to train in. Here, we go through the benefits of epoxy floors and give you some installation tips. Benefits of epoxy flooring in garage gyms Epoxy floors will motivate you to workout Some like the grunginess of basement boxing and industrial garages – perhaps because they emulate Fight Club (we love that movie!). But we find most people are more motivated by clean environments. Epoxy flooring will instantly lift the look of your garage by creating a smooth, shiny finish, which looks way more appealing than grotty oil-stained cement. You can even colourise epoxy to complement your equipment and add line marking to zone exercise areas. Epoxy floors are durable and resilient against impact If you’re planning on decking out your garage gym with heavy equipment, you’ll need a epoxy concrete floor that will stand up to serious impact. Unfortunately, the concrete floor will likely crack and chip with jerking movement, which will be costly to repair and won’t bode well for your safety (nobody wants to risk doing aerobics on a chipped floor). Epoxy floors protect concrete by coating it with epoxy resin, which hardens and seals. It’s also oil and chemical resistant, so if you can park your car in your garage, you won’t need to worry about oil stains! Epoxy is easy to clean and maintain Epoxy flooring is a popular gym option because it’s easy to clean and maintain. Epoxy is non-porous, unlike concrete, which doesn’t absorb spills. So when you do spill your favourite workout drink, you can just wipe it up! How do you thoroughly clean? A quick vacuum and mop will make your gym sparkling again. And the cleaner your gym, the more inspired you will be to work out. We give you more tips for maintaining epoxy floor here. How do you install epoxy flooring? 1. Prepare concrete The success of your epoxy flooring has a lot to do with how well you prepare. First, you need to clean and degrease the concrete and chip away any protruding bits to ensure the epoxy will stick to the concrete and leave a smooth finish. Scrape protruding cement: Scrape hard cement with a shovel and scrub with a hard brush to smooth the floor. Pressure clean: You will need to concrete clean the floor with a pressure hose or clean it with a power scrubber. Acid wash: Once you have cleaned the floor, we recommend scrubbing with hydraulic acid. Rinse with hose. Don’t forget your safety gear! 2. Apply primer Tape up the edges of the floor to protect the wall. Before you get into the epoxy, you must ensure it bonds with the concrete. This is where primer comes in. Follow the instructions on your primer. 3. Roll on epoxy paint Next, mix the epoxy depending on the instructions. You can then apply the epoxy with a paint roller. Again, refer to the instructions for your epoxy. 4. Apply flakes if desired If you’re after flake flooring, you can sprinkle flakes on the surface as you paint the epoxy on the cement. We recommend sprinkling the flakes once you have painted 1m2 of the floor. 5. Non-slip flooring If you want non-slip flooring, which may be a good idea if you will be jumping around in your gym, now is the time. Apply the second coat like you did the first. DIY epoxy flooring can be labour-intensive and take a few days to complete. We recommend hiring a professional to ensure your epoxy is applied correctly and will last as long as possible. Chat with Kleenit about epoxy for your gym. Get in touch.
Warehouse floor coating: How to maintain your epoxy floor
Have you invested in epoxy floor coating? Good move. Epoxy is the ultimate protection. It shields against liquid spills and stays strong under heavy weights – precisely what you want on a busy industrial floor. And if you've opted for non-slip flooring, you're also prioritising safety, which we can certainly get behind! We know maintenance can be a headache. Some people take the 'ignorance is bliss' approach and avoid action unless confronted with a problem. Unfortunately, ignorance only gets you so far. Sooner or later, a crisis will occur and will probably be costly. It pays (literally) to keep your warehouse in good knick. As durable as epoxy flooring is – and it's heavy-duty – like most things in the warehouse, it requires maintenance. If you invest in proper maintenance, it will last up to 20 or more years, so you won't have to find money in the budget to re-do it later. Here are some tips for caring for your epoxy floors and flake flooring. How to care for epoxy flooring Keep floors grit, sand and dirt free Think because epoxy floors are easy to maintain you can get a little lax with cleaning? Warehouse floor coating is strong, but it’s not magical! Dirt can scratch over time, which can worsen with machinery moving it around. We recommend spot cleaning by sweeping or vacuuming dirt off the floor as soon as it spills or keeping up a schedule to avoid build-up. Protect warehouse floor coating with mats Epoxy floor paint is designed to withstand the weight of heavy-duty equipment, such as as forklifts, high-density shelving and conveyors. But cracks, scuffs and pits do happen, especially in action-packed industrial settings. Once cracked, epoxy concrete floors can begin to flake, and this may result in it needing to be replaced. Protect your warehouse floor coating with rubber mats or pads where heavy equipment is used and stored. Clean chemical spills immediately Yes, epoxy flooring is chemical-resistant, but if you leave spills for too long, they can break down the gloss. Chemicals can include anything from all-purpose cleaners and paint to battery acid. When a spill occurs, soak up the chemical with a cloth or paper towel and then a wet cloth to wipe the floor. You may also need to neutralise the chemical with an acid or alkali-neutralising powder. Once the powder is absorbed, sweep or vacuum it up then mop the area. Schedule regular and deep cleans Remember when we mentioned maintenance? Cleaning is a big part of it. It's best if you clean epoxy concrete floors regularly. The frequency will depend on your warehouse. At least once a week is recommended. If you work as a mechanic, you may need to clean daily to ensure all oil, grease and chemicals aren't left on the floor. We recommend scheduling deep cleans at least once every three months, where you move machinery, shelving and tools to clean under them. High pressure cleaning works well for deep cleaning epoxy flooring. How to clean warehouse floor coating Clear debris As we mentioned earlier, all debris must be cleared off the floor, especially before washing it, to avoid scratching. You can use a broom to sweep up dirt or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to prevent damage. Wash with ammonia You must avoid harsh chemicals, citrus and vinegar when cleaning. These liquids will break down the polish of the epoxy floor painting. Instead, we recommend mixing ammonia with hot water (refer to instructions) and mopping with a flat mop to avoid unsightly streaks. Scrub tough stains Have you noticed tough stains? You can use a soft deck brush to scrub these out. Avoid scourers or hard bristles, as these will scratch the epoxy. If stains don't lift with water and ammonia, you can try a degreaser for grease marks or a concentrated cleaner (ensure it's okay for epoxy). Rinse and dry the floor Now's time to wash the cleaning solution off the epoxy flooring or flake flooring. You can hose the floor down or mop the solution with hot water. We recommend drying the floor with a towel. Epoxy flooring and epoxy flake floor coating stand up to harsh conditions, but maintenance will help to minimise damage and make it last for years. Is it time to give your warehouse floor coating a deep clean? Get in touch with Kleenit. We get the job done!