Flooring: Cleaning Garage Floor

 

 

It can help prevent oils and residues from being tracked into your home when you have a clean garage floor. Remember, a regular maintenance of your floor will avoid needed repair and incurred cost in the future. Before starting to clean, clear and tidy the floor. Before mopping the floor, it is a must pretreat any oil, grease, or rust stains. You should scrub it using a broom, power washer, or buffer and a strong cleaning solution if your garage is made of a concrete floor. A gentler method should be done if your floor is coated in epoxy. To do this, just simply dust and wipe away the mess with very little scrubbing.

Clear the floor

Start removing anything from the garage floor that isn’t nailed down before starting to clean. While you are cleaning, loose objects may get in the way. It may result in damaged during the process of cleaning which may be avoided in the first place. Until you are done the cleaning, move all items including cars, bikes, tools, basins, boxes, and other items out of the garage.

If you are self-assured that they will not be in the way of any water spray, hoses, or soap, you may leave items on shelves.

Cover drywall and outlets

For safety, pin or tape a plastic drop cloth or tarp to the walls at least 3 feet up from the floor. Any drywall or electrical outlets must be covered by this cloth before starting to clean. The purpose of this is to protect your walls from water damage and stains.

Sweep the floor

You should sweep the floor with a broom before you apply any cleaning solution or water. This will eliminate accumulated dirt, dust, and large debris out of the way. Use a dustpan to collect and throw away in the dustbin.

Removing Stains

For spills, mop up right away. Always clean it up pronto if you spill oil or another solution on your garage floor. It will be harder to clean later on as these liquids can set in the floor. To mop up the mess, use paper towels or reusable rags.

 

On a rust stain, lemon juice or vinegar can do the works. Try pouring lemon juice or vinegar on the stain if you have rust stains on a concrete floor. Scrub the stain from the floor with the use of a scrub brush with stiff bristles.

 

Eco-Friendly Flooring Materials

Designers who prefer eco-friendly materials are increasing nowadays as well as the homeowners who is an are advocates of using environmentally friendly materials.

At present, these designers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular eco-flooring solutions:

Cork

Cork is great material for floors.  Cork is gathered from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is often found in the forests of the Mediterranean. This is an ideal renewable source as the trees are not cut down just to gather the bark, which will grow back every three years. Cork has many uses: The antimicrobial property of cork aids in reducing allergens in the home; not readily susceptible to fire; needs simple maintenance and operates as a natural insect repellent. Like wood, cork can be polished off in a variety of paints and stains to adjust on any color scheme or design style homeowners prefers.  It allows for uses in any part of the house for its durability aesthetic.

Bamboo

Bamboo is actually a grass that serves similar characteristics as hardwood and it’s not a wood as most people would think. Bamboo is a durable material and is easy to maintain. Formed from natural vegetation that grows to maturity in three to five years,  bamboo is sustainable. This is far less than the twenty years trees can take. Bamboo is available in many hues that will work in any setting or decor while the material is usually very light and easy to handle. It provides it an edge over traditional flooring by letting for customization not often found elsewhere as bamboo’s varied grains and a wide array of colors.

Concrete

Another flooring material that is gaining in popularity is the polished concrete which is an unlikely sustainable material. In some residential environment, concrete is usually slab on grade and used as a subflooring. There is no need for traditional flooring to be put over it once it is polished and tinted to the homeowner’s taste and demand. Designing possibilities are endless for concrete just like creating a tiled effect with different colors to inlaying other materials such as glass. Concrete flooring is easy to clean and in no way needs to be replaced and it is extremely durable.