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Garage Floor Cleaning

Garage Floor Cleaning: A Step by Step Guide

Every homeowner should take the time to give their space  a garage floor cleaning at least once a year.  By doing so, they will protect their floors against cracks, stains and other problems.  They will also have an easier time painting their floors, as paint cannot stick to an unclean surfaces.  However, to realize these benefits, homeowners must clean their garages correctly.  Such a task is easier said than done when there are oil spills on the floor.  Even still, if you follow the necessary steps for using a garage floor cleaner you will be able to attack oil spills and anything else in the area.  To find out what these steps are, check out the next section.

How to Properly Clean Garage Flooring:

Step 1: Use a push broom to sweep up any large particles of dirt.

Step 2: Sprinkle kitty litter on any area containing oil or grease.  Make sure the kitty litter is clay-based, as that offers the most absorption power.  You can also buy special oil absorbent material at an auto parts house but it is basically just more expensive kitty litter.

Step 3: Pour garage floor cleaner soap over the area.  Use a cleaning brush to scrub the soap into the oil and kitty litter.  Blot up everything with a paper towel.  Repeat until everything is completely cleaned up.  This is a heavy duty detergent that contains grit to actually micro-scrub the floor.

Step 4: Finish up your cleaning by using a pressure washer.  Make sure the machine is set at 2,000 psi.  For your cleaning solution, you can either use plain water or a commercial-grade garage floor cleaner.  The latter is best if Steps 1 through 3 failed to get up all your oil stains.  If the stains are still present then you will need to scrub the degreaser into the spot until it is completely lifted and then do the rinsing.

There you have it.  Only four steps are needed to properly initiate garage floor cleaning.  However, there is one more step that most homeowners fail to think about.  It involves taking preventive measures against grease and oil spills.  To do so, you must: 1) park your car over a garage mat and 2) apply a sealant over your floor.   The garage mat provides direct protection from the main entity responsible for oil stains.  Meanwhile, sealants make the floor itself stronger.  So, if oil does spill, it will not take away a batch of paint.  Just make sure the sealant does not contain alkyd paints.  If they do, saponification will occur.  When this happens, the oil from within the paint ends up weakening the concrete’s overall structure.   Avoid such consequences by sticking with paints or sealants free of alkyd substances.  You may have to pay a little extra for the privilege, but in return, your floor will last longer.


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