How To Clean Your Concrete Garage Floor
There are many rooms and areas of your home that a maid company cleans, but the garage is not typically one of them. Garages tend to be cluttered spaces filled with vehicles, parts, tools, and other things that aren’t stored inside your home. Because of the amount of work that occurs in a garage – whether it’s on your vehicles, various home improvement projects, or outdoor task preparation – the concrete floor of your garage can end up being quite messy. Thankfully, cleaning it is not an impossible task, and can be made easier by following these steps.
Gather the necessary cleaning supplies. These include plastic drop cloths, some painter’s tape, a bucket, a standard broom and dustpan, a short and stiff-bristled broom or deck brush with a long handle, a garden hose complete with a pressurized nozzle, and a degreasing compound designed for use on concrete. You can find all of these in your local Home Depot! One quick tip from this maid service Chicago: if you don’t have a special degreasing compound, a laundry detergent like Tide will work as well.
Next, clear off the garage floor. Remove everything that has been sitting on it, except for heavy items like workbenches. Sweep the floor very well to remove any loose dirt or pebbles that have been resting on the surface. This will make it easier to deep clean the floor. Once this is done, set the broom and dustpan outside of the garage with everything else that you took out of the space.
Prepare your degreasing solution by mixing it with warm water into the bucket. If you are using a commercial solution, follow the instructions on the bottle or package. If you are using Tide laundry detergent, mix 1/3 of a cup of it with 1 gallon of warm water. You can add more water if necessary, as long as you adhere to this ratio.
Use the deck brush or stiff bristled broom to spread the degreasing mixture all over the concrete garage floor, scrubbing the floor as you do so. Once the entire floor has been covered in the degreasing solution, let it sit for 10 minutes. After the time has elapsed, scrub the floor with the deck brush again, adding more solution if necessary.
Spray the floor clean with the hose, using the highest pressure setting on the nozzle. Make sure to spray from one of the inner corners of the garage outwards, coaxing the soapy water into the nearest drain or down your driveway. You may need to use a push broom to help with this.
Make sure that the degreasing solution does not dry before you have a chance to hose it off. Otherwise, you will end up with even more contaminants on the floor of your garage. Also, if there are any stubborn stains left after this process has been completed, then you should go back over them section by section until they have faded away.
While your maid for Chicago may not clean your garage floor, this isn’t an excuse to let the floor get – and stay – dirty. A well-kept concrete floor will last you much longer than one that is allowed to collect stains, dirt, grime and other unsanitary things. Also, check out our awesome cleaning hacks for your bathroom here!