How to Clean Garage Floors? (4 Simple Steps)

by Jan 6, 2021Cleaning


Have you already thought about how to clean your garage floor?

A concrete garage floor is not as stain resistant or durable as rumors say. Oil, grease and water can still penetrate. These liquids can leave permanent marks on the surface of the concrete floors.

Furthermore, without the proper maintenance and care, severe clutter and dirt can slowly continue to accumulate, leaving your garage in miserable condition.

Now a garage full of stains is not exactly the best look you want for your home. If you are looking for ways and methods to clean up your garage floor, do not despair; I have you covered.

Depending on the condition your garage floor is in, there are several methods you can use to clean a garage floor properly(1).

Let’s take a look at some of them.

How do you clean your garage floor?

You need to get your garage ready for the cleaning process. Consider the prerequisites to get started on your endeavor.

1.Unlock your garage

Empty the space out if you want to restore your garage floor. Remove and move everything you can, items such as bicycles, shelves, boxes, etc. so they do not get in the way.

2.Adequately cover your sockets and wall panels

Wall panels (better known as drywall) are susceptible to damage(2) by contact with water. They become sloppy and weak, and moss will begin to grow out. This can potentially create a health hazard in your home.

Cover your drywall or even your wall in general. Covering 3 feet of your wall (measured from the garage floor) with a tarp or other material of that kind when it suits you should do the trick.

That way, you prevent water from reaching your electrical outlets or drywall.

3.Sweep your entire floor

Sweeping the entire floor up with a broom will help you remove dust and dirt. This provides a more manageable experience when you start spraying water or cleaning solutions.

Stain removal

Once you have prepared your garage completely, you can now fight stains.

1.Use of a natural acid to fight stains

You can use common, readily available household materials to effectively combat stains, such as white vinegar or lemon juice.

If you have stored some old bicycles, tools or metal cabinets and cabinets in your garage, you are required to find rust stains(6) .

Simply pour a little white vinegar or lemon juice on the rust stains. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes. Then add a little elbow grease and scrub the rust stains. In most cases, this will be enough.

However, you can either choose to repeat the process or choose a commercial product specifically created for the task to get a more lasting stain.

Muriatic acid (composed of hydrochloric acid) is also an option for very persistent stains(7) (mostly oil stains are of such a nature). However, it is extremely acidic and it is recommended to mix any amount of muriatic acid with ten times the amount of water.

Another safety precaution is to always wear goggles and gloves while handling the item. It is extremely corrosive and can even burn your skin and the mucous membranes of your lungs and nose.

2.Use of kitty waste

You can also use the cat litter to handle oil stains and stains. Cat litter is effective as a method of cleaning a garage floor because it is absorbent. It helps it soak up and remove an oil stain, eliminating the need to choose chemicals.

However, you will need clay-based cat litter to make this technique work on oil stains.

Spread the litter freely on the oil stain and leave it overnight. The next morning, continue to sweep the waste away.

If the stain persists after the bedding is swept away, replace the previously soiled bedding with a fresh one and leave it overnight again.

The only significant disadvantage of this method is that it may take several attempts before the stain completely disappears. Other than that, cat litter is effective in removing both old and new stains.

3.Use of a cleaning agent

Ordinary detergent can be used while cleaning your garage floor.

Grab the detergent and a bucket of hot water to remove stains found on garage floors. Apply your detergent and warm water mixture freely on the stain.

Once you have made sure that the stain is completely covered, continue to scrub the stain hard. After scrubbing, wipe off the detergent and allow the area to dry.

4.Use of a commercial product

If you do not have results, the second best way is to choose a commercial product(8).

A commercial product is particularly effective against oil and grease stains.

Caution

Always remember to adhere exactly to the instructions given by the manufacturer of the product.

In addition, the time consumed and the function of the individual product may vary. For example, some products may require immediate use and washing, whereas others may need to stand for a while before washing begins.

Caution

The most effective of such products have always required some time to dry before rinsing.

5.Dealing with Sealer and old paint

If you want to add a newer layer of coating to your floor, remove old paint, mastic or topical sealer. This process must be performed before cleaning.

You can use a chemical stripper. Use it exactly as instructed by the manufacturer.

Another method is to use a solvent. They can create strong fumes while you work, so it is better to leave the garage door open while you use it.

You can also choose a floor sander. There are unique sanding heads on the market to handle paint sealers and mastic. Although a floor sander is a much dustier way to handle residue, it also consumes much less elbow grease compared to when applying chemicals.

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In addition, wearing a mask and goggles is an excellent counterpoint to the dust formed. First-time users should familiarize themselves with the function and control of the floor sander over a smaller area before moving on to a larger one.

Deep cleaning of the entire garage floor

Once you have dealt with the stains and stains, you should start looking at the entire garage floor. What you need:

1.Make your cleaning solution

Shape your cleaning solution. You can use any product for your leisure.

If you have a garage floor filled with oil stains, choose a degreasing product (9). But any regular detergent can also do the job (just not as effectively).

The standard procedure for creating the solution is as follows:

  • Fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water.
  • Add a third of a cup of detergent.
  • Give the resulting solution a good mixture so that the detergent dissolves completely in the water.

2.Spread and scrub the solution

Distribute the solution over the entire floor, making sure that every corner is covered. When you do, you can use more than a gallon of the solution.

Just repeat and make the solution again with 1 gallon of warm water. This is to know and mix the exact amount of substances and make sure that only 1 gallon and no excess waste is formed.

After spreading the cleaner all over the floor, take your push broom and scrub every inch of the floor away.

Tip

Make room for the water to exit the garage door while you continue to scrub. If you do, your garage floor will dry faster.

3.Power wash the garage floor

If your garage floor is incredibly dirty, you will need an electric washer. You can rent the machine relatively cheaply at any local hardware store.

You can spread your cleaning solution and let it sit on the floor for 15 minutes and then continue with the electric washer to get rid of stubborn stains.

It is better to start at the end of your garage and let the residual water run out through your garage door.

4.Plaster your concrete garage floor

A floor buffer is the best way to restore your concrete floor. It is a machine made up of a very powerful scrubber. You can also rent a floor buffer at any local hardware store.

First-time users may be better able to familiarize themselves with smaller sections before moving on to larger ones.

The function of a buffer is similar to a power washer that spreads the cleaning solution and activates the floor buffer from one end of the garage floor. This is to make you avoid stepping on areas you have already polished.

Let the solution run through the garage doors and let the concrete floor dry out after polishing.

Epoxy floors: an introduction

Epoxy floors are typical applications for garages due to their durable surface. Epoxy flooring systems consist of a combination of resin and hardener.

With both of these mixed, a hard and durable plastic-like material is formed. Epoxy material can easily adhere to any surface such as concrete.

Types of garage epoxy floors

1.Mortar Epoxy Floors

These are the strongest type of epoxy flooring available. Such epoxy floors are commonly found in bulky service areas.

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2.Flake Epoxy Floors

Such epoxy floors consist of flakes or colored shavings to produce a more vibrant surface. You will often find them in sports venues or epoxy showrooms.

3.Self-leveling epoxy floors

Such epoxy floors are available in a variety of patterns and colors. These epoxy floors are used with damaged or damaged concrete(11) floors to provide a smooth and seamless surface.

4.Antistatic epoxy floors

Such epoxy floors reduce stored electrostatic charges by grounding the electricity through a conductive material. Mostly found in chemical and health facilities.

Cleaning epoxy floors

1.Sweep the epoxy floor weekly

The best way to clean an epoxy floor is to sweep it regularly (preferably at one-week intervals) with a microfiber cloth. This allows dust and dirt to collect in your epoxy.

2.Give your epoxy floor a thorough wash every month

If your garage experiences high car traffic, washing your epoxy garage floor every month will do the job. Otherwise, once every three to four months is okay.

A cleaning solution of half a cup of ammonia and 1 gallon of water with a sponge mop will suffice. Continue with the solution and mop in general as a standard garage in concrete floor.

These are generally the most important things to keep in mind with epoxy floors. Other than that, you can just use a cloth dipped in warm water or moisten the area and use a microfiber mop to clean the garage floors. This also applies to tire marks on cars. It is better to clean such stains as soon as possible, as tire stains from cars can settle in your epoxy floor and leave a mark.

It is also best to avoid vinegar and citrus (such as lemon juice) on epoxy floors. Epoxy floors are damaged and their surface becomes dulled by their use.

Apart from that, also avoid soap and soap cleaners. They leave a film-like residue and can make the epoxy too slippery.

Say hello to an immaculate garage

Our garages are often filled with useless clutter. A clean garage without stains and stains works as the best way to improve the home.

You can achieve this improvement provided you are equipped with the right cleaners and tools.

I have discussed many methods regarding both harder stains and lighter stains, including a range, from using electric washers to floor buffers for cleaning the garage floor.

To make it easier to clean, I suggest you coat your floors with epoxy. With epoxy, not only will you be able to clean your garage floor quickly, but your floor will also remain protected.

And with that, you can forever say goodbye to a messy and dirty garage and welcome an immaculate garage into your tidy life!

About the author

Harold K. Hardesty

Harold is a floor specialist at TheHouseWire, who trains people in flooring by writing guides on the subject. He is an experienced floor specialist with experience in the industry for nine years.

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