4 Tips to Protect Your Garage Floor

Easy Ways to Protect Your Garage Floor

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4 Tips to Protect Your Garage Floor

Protecting your concrete garage floor is important. Even though it is not typically a part of your living space, whether you use your garage for storing your car and other equipment or for working, your garage floor will still need regular maintenance. Here are some tips from Premier Edge Concrete Solutions to help you with maintaining your garage here in Grand Rapids!

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Sweep Your Garage Floor

One of the easiest and simplest ways of protecting your concrete garage floor is to sweep it and clear it of dirt and debris. This can be done about once a month using a wide push broom. Sweeping your garage floor is very important after the winter months if de-icing salt is brought into your garage — a common occurrence here in Grand Rapids. This residue can wear out your concrete over time.

Stain on concrete

Scrub All Stains

Scrubbing your floor with soapy water will get rid of most of the dirt and scuffs on your concrete. However, rust stains need more work — you can tackle this by mixing 1 oz of trisodium phosphate in one gallon of hot water and then pouring it on the concrete. Once the mixture sits on the stain for about 15 to 20 minutes, use a broom to scrub the area and rinse it with water. Alternatively, you can use vinegar on the stain and rinse and repeat if necessary.

Close up of oil stain

Remove Oil Stains

Oils are risky because they pose an increased risk of slipping and falling. Try to clean oil stains as soon as possible to avoid any accidents and deep-set stains. Removing oil stains can be done by sprinkling kitty litter or sawdust or the area since these materials are highly absorbent. Then gently step on the stain to ensure that the residual in the oil is soaked up. Then you can apply a concrete degreaser to the stain and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour. Finally, give the area a scrub with water.

Epoxy coating being applied to concrete

Use an Epoxy Coating

Epoxy coatings on garage flooring are by far the best way to provide protection for your concrete. Epoxy is durable and long-lasting, and depending on the application methods, can minimize slipping hazards. Epoxy can also withstand the heavy pressure exerted by your car and other heavy equipment. Epoxy coatings are easy to clean and maintain, making it one of the best ways to protect your floor.

As a homeowner, maintaining the functionality and appearance of your garage is very important. Keeping in mind the above steps and tips for caring for your garage floor will go a long way. Once you get used to cleaning and caring for your garage floor, it will be a part of your routine.

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