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Protecting your building with a high-quality coating is an investment in its longevity and aesthetic appeal. To ensure that this protective layer continues to serve its purpose effectively, proper maintenance is essential. Whether it’s SurGuard or another solution, here are some industry-proven tips and tricks to help you maintain any type of coating.

Regular Cleaning is Key

The simplest yet most effective way to maintain your coating is through regular cleaning. Dirt and pollutants can cause coatings to deteriorate over time. Use a soft brush or cloth along with mild detergent and water to gently clean the coated surfaces. Rinse thoroughly with clean water after washing. Avoid using abrasive tools or strong chemicals that could damage the coating.

Conduct Routine Inspections

Twice a year, inspect your coated surfaces for signs of damage such as cracks, flaking, or blistering. Early detection of these issues can prevent more extensive damage and costly repairs. Pay particular attention to areas that endure more wear and tear or are exposed to harsh environmental conditions.

Touch-Up as Needed

For minor damages, timely touch-ups can be an effective solution. Ensure the area is clean and dry before applying any touch-up product. It’s important to use a product that is compatible with the original coating to avoid any adverse reactions and to achieve a uniform finish.

Protect Against Physical Damage

Physical damage from equipment, tools, or even heavy foot traffic can compromise your coating. Implement protective measures like installing mats in high-traffic areas or using corner guards to prevent chipping and abrasion.

Manage Moisture

Coatings can be susceptible to moisture damage. Make sure your building has proper drainage systems in place to direct water away from coated surfaces. If you notice persistent moisture, investigate and resolve the underlying issue promptly to prevent the coating from peeling or bubbling.

Be Cautious with Pressure Washing

While pressure washing can be effective for cleaning, it can also be too aggressive for some coatings. High pressure can force water beneath the coating, leading to damage. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before pressure washing, and consider using lower pressure settings if necessary.

Utilize Protective Barriers

In areas where the coating may face additional stress, such as loading docks or service entrances, use protective barriers. These can help absorb impacts and minimize direct damage to the coating.

Seek Professional Advice

When in doubt, seek advice from coating professionals. They can provide guidance on maintenance practices specific to the type of coating you have. Manufacturers often offer resources and support to help you keep your coating in top condition.

Conclusion

By following these tips, you can extend the life of your building’s coating and ensure it continues to protect and enhance your property. Regular maintenance not only preserves the coating’s functionality but also maintains the aesthetic value of your building. However, it’s worth noting that with SurGuard coatings, the need for frequent maintenance and repair is significantly reduced. 

As experts in the industry, SurGuard is committed to helping you get the most out of your coatings with practical advice and professional support, while offering products designed to lessen the burden of upkeep.

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