Aggregate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
August 31, 2012
I originally noticed epoxy aggregate flooring making its way into the mainstream of everyday living in the early 2000’s. It first crept into the public library building near my house, followed soon after by installations into the homes of people I knew. What was this stuff? Did I want it?
Epoxy aggregate flooring, sometimes known by its trademark name of PebbleTec, is basically a mixture of small stones or pebbles and epoxy. It is hand-troweled onto your floor and then sealed with a coat of clear epoxy.
The good news about aggregate is that it is a very durable and extremely long lasting floor. It is easy to maintain and, unlike hardwood or linoleum, it holds up well to stains, scratches and cracking. It is also less expensive to install. Like tile, it can be designed with borders, logos or inlays. Aggregate floors are now being made out of more than just pebbles. Recycled glass, wood and cork are becoming popular flooring choices. Whatever you can mix with epoxy, you can place on your floor.
The bad news is that aggregate flooring must be installed exactly according to directions and allowed to dry thoroughly, or it will not last as long as it should. Improperly installed floors leave small crevices for dirt and grime that can be hard to clean. Many epoxy floors claim to be waterproof, but if they don’t have enough resin in the application, then there will be spaces that are easily penetrated by liquids. Epoxy floors should be resealed about every five years.
The ugly news is that many epoxy floors are laid in such a way that they are extremely porous. If you spill milk on your epoxy floor and don’t get it all out, the odor will knock you over. Liquids can seep between the cracks where you can’t see them and cause issues. Sometimes a musty smell lets you know it’s there … but not where to find it.
The great news is that we can help! At Aaron’s Quality Cleaners we receive calls about odors in epoxy aggregate flooring all the time. We use products containing enzymes to eat away those nasty, hidden spills. Then we pressure wash the floor with water heated up to 240 degrees, hot enough to kill any bacteria. We also extract all the water we can back out and finish with a spray to help keep odors away while the floor has time to dry.
So rest easy. There is good news and great news to be heard about your aggregate flooring. Enjoy it, live on it, and call the best aggregate cleaner in Fresno and clovis to come clean it. Definitely a win-win situation.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners cleans carpet, tile, aggregate and upholstery in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California