It goes without saying that we consider garage doors as the most important part of any garage. After all, we provide nothing but the best garage door repair and garage door replacement parts possible. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about every part of garages.
For example, just like any responsible homeowner, we know how important it is to keep our garage floors clean. Not only will doing so keep any oil or residue from getting into our homes, it also lets our garage floors last as long as possible.
But we know that’s easier said than done. We don’t clean our garages as often as, say, our kitchens. And there are many different types of garage floors, including concrete and epoxy. So, to make it as easy as possible to keep our garage floors spotless, here are some tips and tricks:
Remove all your things from the floor.
While it would be easier to just leave everything in their place, clearing them out keeps them from getting wet or damaged when you clean.
Cover the drywall and all the outlets with cloth or tarp.
It will keep you from damaging the drywall and coming into contact with the outlets, which puts you at risk of getting electrocuted.
Sweep up all the dirt and debris.
Otherwise, the dirt and debris will contaminate the water and any cleaning agent you’d use.
Clean up any spills right away.
The longer you let them sit, the harder it will be to clean them up.
Keep the garage door open as you clean.
If you keep it closed, it will take longer for your garage floor to dry.
How to Remove Stains Easily
To remove rust stains, use lemon juice or vinegar.
Lemon juice and vinegar are effective stain removers because both are natural bleaching agents.
For the desired result, pour enough to cover the stain, let it sit for at least 5 minutes and then scour the stain off using a scrub with stiff bristles.
Don’t use lemon juice or vinegar to remove any rust stains on your garage floor if it’s made of epoxy. You’ll damage it if you do.
To remove oil stains, use cat litter containing clay.
Whether it’s a dried oil stain or oil residue, cat litter with clay can absorb it. Spread it over the stain, leave it for a few hours or overnight and then sweep it up. If there’s still some left, repeat the process with fresh cat litter. Heavy oil spills can take a few days to clean up.
You can also use commercial grease remover for oil stains.
Follow the instructions on the label to get the desired result. But, generally, you need to apply the cleaning solution to the stain and then let it dry. That usually takes several hours. Once it’s dry, just sweep it up. You can buy grease removers at any hardware store.
To remove tough stains, use water and powdered detergent.
Sprinkle the powdered detergent over the stain until it’s covered. Get a stiff-bristled brush, dip it in the water and scrub the stain hard with it. Once you’re done, wipe up as much of the detergent as you can with a reusable rag or paper towel before letting your garage floor dry.
How to Clean Concrete Garage Floors Properly
Use a cleaning solution.
It can be a degreasing solution from a hardware, auto or grocery store, or a mixture of 58 g of powdered detergent and 1 gal of water. If you’d use a store-bought cleaning solution, remember to follow the instructions.
If it’s not that dirty, scrubbing it will do the trick. But if it’s really dirty, use a power washer or a floor buffer.
You can rent a power washer or floor buffer from a hardware store. Avoid keeping the power washer on one spot for too long to avoid scratching your garage floor.
How to Clean Epoxy Garage Floors Properly
Removing Residue and Stains
- Pour hot water and then wipe it down with a rag or gently scrub it with a scrub pad.
- Hose it down and then mop it clean.
Avoid using any strong or abrasive cleaning solution.
Keeping It Clean
- Sweep it every week using a dust mop or broom with soft bristles.
- Wash it every 3 to 4 months with a mop and a cleaning solution of 120 ml of ammonia and 1 gal of hot water.
Avoid using soap-based cleaners, like detergent, and stringy mops. Such cleaners can leave a residue, while such mops can leave streaks.