Floor Maintenance Troubleshooting: Breaking Down Common Conditions and Solutions


It’s critical to maintain your coated floors in order to extend their life and protect your investment. In Tips to Properly Maintain Coated Floors, I provided you with the steps to include in a regular floor maintenance program. Here, I’m breaking down common maintenance issues and offering solutions.

Examples of chips and gouges in a floor coating.


Condition: Gouges in the coating. In a urethane coating, deep cuts or gouges occur when heavy or sharp items are scraped or dropped on the surface. These damaged areas allow moisture to seep under the coating and can result in peeling.

  • Solution: To clean and repair gouges, follow these steps:
    • Clean the area of any grease, oil and soilage using recommended detergent.
    • Sand the scratched or gouged area by hand using 100-grit sandpaper and feathering the edges until smooth.
    • Rinse well and allow floor to dry.
    • Repair the damaged area using the original coating material per instructions.
Examples of grease stains in manufacturing and storage area.


Condition: Stains on the coating. In industrial environments especially, spills are a common occurrence. The quicker you can get to a spill, the better.

  • Solution: Begin removal with a mild detergent, such as Dawn dish soap, progressing to stronger removers until the stain disappears. For your protection, always wear rubber gloves and eye protection when working with chemicals.

Scratches and anchor bolts damage coating.

Condition: Grease and oil stains on the coating. These stains can become especially difficult if left on the floor for more than 24 hours.

  • Solution: Scrub the area with a recommended detergent, specifically designed for grease and oil removal. Follow instructions on detergent labels.


Example of tire marks from a broom lift.

Condition: Dried spills and really stubborn stains. If a spill is not caught in time, it may dry, leaving a film or stain that is difficult to remove.

  • Solution: Use a plastic tool to remove any residue, taking care not to scratch the coating. Wet a clean cloth with an ammonia household cleaner and wipe the stained area to remove the stain.