Does the thought of walking on your garage floor without shoes make you cringe? If so, your garage floor is probably long overdue for a cleaning. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Broom or Vacuum
- Mop or sponge
- Hot bucket of water with soap or vinegar
If you have some tricky oil stains, we’ll also need:
- Baking Soda
Start by removing debris and dust in your garage with a vacuum or broom. Thoroughly clean the floor with the hot water solution. Once dried, inspect your floor for oil stains. If you locate a spot, spend a little extra time scrubbing it with your hot water solution. Allow your solution to soak into the stain, rehydrating the oil. Pour some baking soda on it and scrub vigorously with your brush. You can let this sit for half an hour before rinsing it off and repeating the process. If the stain is especially stubborn, spray some WD-40 directly upon it and leave it to sit for an hour. Depending on the age of the stain, this process may need to be repeated.
Preventing Stains on Garage Concrete Floors
Due to the porous nature of concrete, it’s best to take care of oil and other stains when they first occur. Stains that have been sitting for a while are difficult to remove. A few popular methods to protect your concrete floor include:
– Purchase garage floor mats. These are usually made out of vinyl and can soak up oil brought in by your car.
– Applying a few layers of polymer sealant to your floor goes a long way in stopping stain and even preventing concrete cracking.
– Install garage door weatherstripping to help prevent outside debris and rain from entering the garage.
Of course, if you have a faulty door, then you’ll want to consider new garage doors as well. A door that closes and seals properly will help your garage stay clean.