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Clean Garage Floor

At this point you’re probably thinking with your eyebrows scrunched in skepticism, “Why would I need to clean my garage floor?” Well first, cleaning your garage floor is one way to keep your garage in great condition. Second, removing dirt, chemicals and unwanted stains on a regular basis will keep your garage floor from wearing away and safe for you and your family. Finally, learning the best way to clean a garage floor properly is a great skill to have for home improvement. It is a critical aspect for any project that involves prepping a floor for paint or an epoxy coating. Depending on the type of garage floor that you have (wood, cement, concrete) and how dirty the flooring is, there are several different methods of cleaning your garage floor that you can use. For the best success, the first thing you want to do is remove everything from the garage floor that is not anchored down and sweep out the heavy dirt and debris. Remove oil and grease spots Cover stains (grease, anti-freeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid) with a layer of sawdust or cat litter. These materials do really well in absorbing excess oil. After a day of the sawdust or cat litter absorbing the oil, use a push broom with rigid bristles to sweep it up. Pour dry dishwasher detergent or a concrete cleaning agent on the stain. Let the detergent sit for just about 45 minutes, and then pour boiling water on the area and vigorously scrub the stained section with the broom. For stubborn stains, use muriatic acid in combination with your pressure washer set to at least 1200 PSI. Apply the acid according to the manufacturer's instructions. Allow it to soak for a few seconds and rinse. Use baking soda on the cleaned area to neutralize the acid, and rinse. Scrub the garage floor Mix your cleaning agent of choice into a large bucket of warm to hot water. Pour your warm soapy solution onto a section of the garage and start scrubbing with a deck brush. For extra dirty floors it helps to let the solution set for a few minutes after your initial scrubbing in order for it to work on the dirt and grime. After it has set for a few minutes, add a little more solution and scrub again. Follow that up with a good rinsing with your high pressure nozzle and then move on to the next section. Final steps One tool that can come in handy is a floor squeegee or old push broom. These work great at moving large volumes of water out of the garage and for clearing water out of low spots. If followed correctly, you will find that these methods of cleaning a garage floor are highly effective. It is generally thought of as the least desirable part of any floor project or garage cleaning chore, but once done it will reward you with a nice clean concrete floor that is free of dirt and stains. What suggestions do you have to clean your garage floor? Comment below and share on social!

Clean Garage Floor

Tools & Materials Tools Pressure Washer Push Broom Paint Brush Paint Roller Frame and Covers Extension Pole Materials Cat Litter Concrete Cleaner Epoxy Paste Garage Floor Epoxy Kit Product costs, availability and item numbers may vary online or by market. Missing anything? Shop Online Remove Oil and Grease Spots Before you power wash or paint/seal your garage floor, you’ll want to attack any oil, grease or rust spots. Cover grease stains with a layer of sawdust or cat litter. These materials absorb excess oil remarkably well. Leave the sawdust or cat litter on the floor for at least one day. Use a push broom with rigid bristles to sweep up the sawdust, cat litter and dirt. Pour dry dishwasher detergent or a concrete cleaning agent on the stain. Let the detergent sit for 45 minutes, then pour boiling water on the area and vigorously scrub the stained section with the broom. For stubborn stains, use muriatic acid in combination with your pressure washer set to at least 1200 PSI. Apply the acid according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow it to soak for a few seconds and rinse. Use baking soda on the cleaned area to neutralize the acid, and rinse. Remove Rust Stains Combine an ounce of trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a gallon of hot water. Wet the concrete and use a push broom with rigid bristles to scrub. Let the solution soak into the concrete for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Fill the Cracks Small cracks can be filled with an epoxy paste. Once you’ve filled the crack, scrape excess epoxy so that it’s flush with the floor. After the repair dries completely, do some light sanding for a smooth finish. For larger cracks, overfill with an epoxy paste. Let the repair dry. Then grind the area so it’s flush with the floor. Prep Your Floor Moisture TestIf you think that moisture issues might prevent paint or sealer from bonding, here’s a simple way to find out: Cut out a 3-ft x 3-ft square of plastic sheeting and tape it down completely to your garage floor. If after a day or so, water collects on the underside of the plastic, you’ll need to put down a good vapor barrier before the primer coat. Sealant/Etching TestIf you’re unsure whether your garage floor has previously been sealed, you can pour water on it to perform a simple test. The water should soak into the concrete relatively quickly. If it beads up or just sits there for a long time, the cement has been sealed before and probably needs to be etched before you can re-seal or paint the garage floor. Etching the FloorTo etch the floor of your garage, apply a commercial concrete etcher, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If the etcher fizzes up as it’s applied, you know that it’s working. Let the floor dry overnight. The concrete will now have a grainy texture, which offers a better surface for the paint to grip. Seal the Floor To prevent future staining, to minimize concrete dust, and to make it easier to sweep, you can seal your garage floor. If you are planning to also paint your garage floor, applying sealant can act as a primer. Priming prior to painting can help achieve better adhesion if moisture is an issue or if the concrete is dusty and “weak.” Choose a product that is either a water-based floor epoxy or a solvent-thinned epoxy. Use a nylon brush along the edges of your garage and use a roller — lint-free, all-purpose, solvent- and water-resistant with a medium nap — to apply the rest of the sealant. Apply sealant liberally but be sure to roll it out evenly. If you’re going to paint the garage floor, allow the sealant/primer to dry thoroughly (at least 8 hours). Paint the Floor When selecting paint for your garage floor, make sure to choose an epoxy paint created especially for garage floors. Mix the paint well and apply a thin, even first coat. Cut in along the edges of your garage with a brush and then use a roller with a medium nap to apply the rest of the paint. Let the first coat dry thoroughly (about 24 hours). Good to KnowAn extension handle on your roller will make for easier application.

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Clean Garage Floor

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Clean Garage Floor

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Clean Garage Floor
Clean Garage Floor