Epoxy Aggregate Flooring
November 5, 2013
Epoxy aggregate flooring, also known as aggregate, stone flooring, rock flooring or Pebble Tec, is a floor that is made out of small stones. People sometimes call it Pebble Tec because that was the brand name used when it became popular to coat swimming pools with small stones. The true name for this resilient indoor flooring is epoxy aggregate flooring. Just like it looks, it is made of small stones held together by epoxy and placed on a floor in place of carpet, tile, or hardwood. Once laid, the pebble floor is then sealed with a coat of epoxy to keep moisture from seeping in.
There are a lot of great qualities to this type of flooring. My favorite is that it never really looks dirty. No dirty grout to worry about like on a tile floor. No hard to remove stains like on a carpeted floor. Just multicolored stones hued to match your home decor. I am a fan of aggregate on that base level. Hard to see the dirt, easy to clean overall … those characteristics rate fairly high in my scope of flooring.
I discovered the main downfall of aggregate flooring after working for the best aggregate cleaner in Fresno. Although the floors are supposed to be sealed, they tend to be very porous. That means water seeps down into the fathomless foundation beneath and causes problems. Any water that sits too long leads to issues with mold and mildew. Can you image what happens when you spill a cup of milk? How do you get under those pebbles to clean it out? The answer is that you really can’t … at least not very effectively.
Having your aggregate floor resealed on a regular basis is one way to keep this problem at bay. It is recommended that indoor epoxy aggregate floors get resealed every five years. So be sure to check your calendars. Proper maintenance if half the battle with any type of flooring.
The option for cleaning an epoxy aggregate floor is to have it professionally cleaned. That’s where Aaron’s Quality Cleaners come in. We have seven years of experience under our belts now and have fine tuned our cleaning skills to meet every flooring need. We have tried all manner of products and cleaning methods and narrowed down the best process possible.
When one of our technicians comes into your home, the first thing he will do is put a pre-spray down on the aggregate. After it has had a chance to begin breaking down the built up soil and grime, he will then begin to scrub it. Using a high powered tool, and 240 degree water, he pressure washes and scrubs the floor. The high temperature water not only helps to break down the encrusted dirt, but is hot enough to kill any bacteria, mold, or mildew that may be hanging out in the crevices.
Once scrubbed and cleaned, the aggregate flooring is then rinsed and the dirty water extracted to a holding tank in the van. What makes our cleaning so effective is the truck mounted system we employ. By utilizing a large motor we are able to provide the power needed to extract deep into the nooks and crannies of those sneaky pebbles. We finish with an after-spray designed to help the flooring resist bacteria until it has a chance to dry completely.
As you can see, we have put a lot of thought into this cleaning process. It is what makes us the best aggregate cleaner in Fresno and Clovis. So if you find that your epoxy aggregate flooring is looking a bit dingy, give us a call and let us make that floor smile again!
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.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.