After your line marking has been completed, regular maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your line marking. Both cleaning and re-marking are a core part of maintenance. However, deciding between whether your line marking is just in need of a clean or if it needs to be remarked can be tricky when you don’t know what to look out for.
These 6 questions will help you decide which option is better for you depending on your line marking’s conditions.
When was your line marking last completed?
Reviewing when your line marking was completed is a huge indicator of whether cleaning or re-marking is better suited for you. The lifetime of your paint differs depending on the type of paint used: Standard paint or Long-life paint. Standard paint requires re-marking every 2 years, however, long life paint can last up to 5 years. During this time, cleaning may be better suited to keep the markings clean and visible. However, after the paint’s lifetime date has passed, re-marking is crucial as the paint will have significantly deteriorated.
Does your line marking have anti-slip properties?
If your line marking is losing its anti-slip properties, then re-marking is the right option. Anti-slip properties help maintain safety in your environment. Without this, the area becomes more hazardous, paired with increased foot traffic, it increases the risk of an injury. By re-marking you restore the safety for pedestrians and help avoid any liabilities of an injury.
What is the state of your line marking paint?
There are a few things to consider when assessing the state of your painting to decide whether it needs a clean or re-mark.
- Is the paint cracking?
- Is the paint peeling?
- Has the surface of your flooring started to deteriorate resulting in degradation to your line marking?
If the answer to the above is yes, then cleaning is not your best option as these are indicators that you need to re-mark or potentially repair your surface as well.
Is your line marking hard to discern?
Over time the markings fade and become harder to discern. This is especially hazardous in car parks and warehouses where traffic heavily relies on knowing where to be and where to go. Lines that are not easy to discern increase the risk of injury or damage. Cleaning may be suitable if dirt and grime are on the top layer of the paint. However, if the paint is faded or peeled then it needs to be remarked to restore the original safety.
Have you changed your business operations?
Your business operations determine your line marking. When you change these processes, reviewing your line marking is important to ensure safety, efficiency and compliance. If your employees, plant or machinery need new zones, then remarking is the right option.
Do you want to increase the visual appeal of your premises?
Maintaining your line marking comes with many cosmetic benefits which cleaning and re-marking can both enhance. Following the above, if your line marking is dirty or it has been affected by environmental elements, then cleaning will help restore the aesthetics and visibility. However, if your line marking is peeling or cracking, then bright new line marking will increase the visual appeal of your area.
If you are unsure of which option works better for your business, discuss your line marking with our consultants who will offer advice or will assess your line marking to let you know what you need.