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How to Properly Clean Your 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.
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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.

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PostedOn: 8/5/2016 10:22:34 AM by Yolanda Ponce | with 0 comments
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