When you moved into your home, you probably took some time to find out how to properly care for your flooring. You now know how to clean grout or what type of cleaner is appropriate for hardwood floors. One flooring surface that you might not have taken any special care to learn about, however, is the garage floor. Whether you still have the flooring that came with your garage or you have upgraded, spending a bit of time learning how to properly maintain it will keep your flooring looking great for years to come. Take a look at this list of common garage flooring materials and see if you are doing all you can do to keep yours looking and functioning its best.
Concrete Garage Floor
Most garages have concrete floors. They might be sealed or unsealed, and they might be in great or run-down shape. Concrete is porous and can soak up a lot of stains and smells, particularly if it’s not sealed, so once you clean out your garage and get everything out, you might be amazed at the amount of dirt and grime that has worked its way into your concrete garage floors.
The first thing you should do is sweep very well. If you have unsealed flooring, the sweeping will never end, because concrete creates dust, but just do the best you can to remove all of the dry, loose dirt sitting on top of the concrete.
If you have any obviously greasy areas, you can pour sawdust or cat litter on top of them and leave it sitting there overnight before you sweep it away. Or you can just go
onto the next step and take your chances; it’s possible that scrubbing will be enough to remove most or all of the greasy stain.
Use your hose to wet down one section of the garage, then sprinkle liberally with degreaser. If you don’t have
degreaser, a high-quality powdered laundry detergent such as Tide will work almost as well. Use a deck brush with short, stiff bristles to scrub it in all directions, then rinse with a pressure washer. You need to rinse while the soapy solution is still wet; otherwise, it will dry in the tiny pores of the floor. So keep this in mind and only scrub the amount of space that you can rinse before it dries.
Once the garage floor is dry, you can go back over any greasy spots with more degreaser or Tide and water. If there are rust stains, vinegar will often take them out; just pour it over the spot, work it around with a deck brush, let it sit for a while, and rinse.
If you want to keep your concrete from shedding dust and picking up stains as easily, you can take this time to seal it. You could also prime and paint
it, if you wanted to go that way.
Epoxy Garage Floor
Epoxy garage floors are known to be easy to care for. Automotive showrooms usually have epoxy floor coatings, so you know that they are glossy and look great even after being walked or driven on. You can care for epoxy floors similarly to how you would care for linoleum or tile inside of your home.
When it looks dirty, just sweep it, then use a sponge mop with a mild cleaner. Alternately, you can hose it down, scrub it around with a non-abrasive brush, then hose again and squeegee the water out. Epoxy flooring is stain-resistant, so this should be enough to keep it looking clean. If you do get a stain, you can usually get it out with a mild soap or diluted ammonia and a kitchen sponge. Just scrub at it and it will usually come off without a problem.
If you mop frequently, you might get some soap build-up. Diluted ammonia cleaner will generally rinse it right off. Just do this periodically if you see that your floors are not as glossy as they once were.
Rubber Tile or Rubber Mat Garage Floor
Rubber tile or mat garage floors are popular because they are easy to care for and require very little in terms of special care. They are similar to epoxy floors in that they can just be swept and damp-mopped or hosed down. You can just squeegee them and let them air dry, as the moisture won’t hurt the rubber at all.
You do need to be careful with certain cleaners, because they can cause damage to your rubber tile floor. If you get a stain that doesn’t come off with mild soap and water, you can try scrubbing it with diluted vinegar. Mixing a cup of water, a half-cup of vinegar and a squirt of dishwashing liquid (the kind you would use to handwash dishes) will give you a fairly potent stain-remover that is safe to use on rubber tile floors. When you’re done, just rinse well and let it air-dry.
If you are sick of having an ugly, stained garage floor and you are considering going with something that is more stain-resistant and attractive, the garage flooring experts at Garage Solutions can help. We can replace your garage flooring while we are customizing the rest of your garage. A new epoxy floor is the perfect thing to accompany your garage cabinets, storage units, gridwall or slatwall organizers and shiny new workbench.
Please call us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation so we can show you the different types of flooring available for your garage. We want to make your life easier, and one way we can do that is to install a floor that you will be proud to show off. Call now!