A reader asks: “We are struggling with fork lift tire marks on both polished concrete and epoxy areas. What do you suggest?”


As I always recommend, get your local distributor involved since there are so many factors to take into account. First of all, realize that polished concrete may react differently to chemicals than epoxy coated floors. Test, review and test again before implementing any plan since you always want to identify the safest, most effective process first in a small area, then implement as appropriate.


For the test (both polished concrete and epoxy) you should find a small area that has the scuffs but is not major in case your chemicals have unintended results. For the test plan on doing hand work utilizing the same tools and chemicals on a very limited area until you are sure you have identified the best way to proceed. Following are some general points to consider:


1. Try physically removing them first with different grades of pads and brushes that takes up the marks without damaging the surface. If this works, then follow up with a mild (neutral pH of 7.5-8.5) to remove any residue and maintain as usual.


2. If the physical pads/brushes do not work then start with a mild detergent and scrub a test area to see if it pulls up the marks without leaving a spot or causes discoloration.


3. If this does not work then consider a mild solvent (bio based preferred) using a pad/brush to apply and remove the spot. Stop immediately if discoloration occurs. If one or more solvents work remember that after taking up the spot, wash to remove the product. This can be performed with a mop and bucket or autoscrub unit with the recommended cleaning solution.


This can be a great opportunity to have your vendor/distributor step up to the plate and bring added value to the relationship. 


Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.