Now that we’re quickly approaching fall, it’s time to start preparing for winter! Take some time to enjoy that last bit of summer air by going through a thorough concrete cleaning! Cleaning concrete can be a tiring process, but there’s nothing worse than dirty or stained concrete. Whether it’s in your driveway or your garage, we wanted to provide tips for all areas. Those unsightly stains can really dampen a mood if you’re all about making sure your home is spotless. Really though, if you’re going to go through the process of cleaning and organizing your garage….why not have a spotless floor too?
There are a few answers for your question “how to clean concrete?” While it’s a pretty simple thing to do, depending on stains and grime on your floor it may require a different type of cleaning, or chemical. So let’s explore those options!
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Cleaning Concrete Floors
Cleaning concrete floors really is a simple process. Sure, it’s going to require some elbow grease but nothing should get between you and a spotless home! That’s why there is more than one way to do the job! Read the instructions below, based on what kind of stain you’re dealing with whether it’s in your garage, or on your patio outside!
Cleaning Stains With Basic Cleaners
- Clear the floor from furniture, rugs or mats, decorations, or shoes. Having to constantly move things that get in your way is annoying!
- Sweep up loose debris using a broom or a vacuum. Once you have swept up the big stuff, go over it again with a duster to ensure that no dust remains.
- Scrub the floor with hot soapy water. Use a brush or a sponge depending on cement quality and provide a deep and thorough cleaning to the area. If stains remain, proceed to the next step.
- Spot clean stains.
- Use your basic cleaners like laundry detergent and trisodium phosphate to remove mildew.
- Use degreaser to remove tire marks.
- Spray the area with water and apply degreaser to tire marks.
- Let degreaser sit for three to four hours.
- Scrub with a brush, rinse and repeat where necessary.
- Use kitty litter or cornstarch over grease or oil spots.
- Spread kitty litter or cornstarch over affected area and let sit for three to four days.
- After time has passed, vacuum up debris and provide a thorough cleaning to the area.
Cleaning Tough Stains With Stronger Cleaners
If you’re still having issues with the stains or the cleanliness of your garage. It may require a stronger type cement or floor cleaner. These types of cleaners are bleach, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. They also have store bought solutions dedicated for the use of cleaning floors.
Make sure to dilute the stronger cleaners with one part cleaner and three parts water, then spray on the affected area. You then want to let it sit for 20 minutes, and then scrub with a brush. Repeat where necessary.
Note: Read the instructions of any type of cleaner you buy/use. You do not want to damage your floor. Be aware that certain chemicals can etch the cement floor if it has been treated with any kind of spray or paint.
Cleaning Stamped or Polished Concrete
As we said in the stronger cleaner section. Avoid use of stronger cleaners without explicitly reading the directions. We always recommend to play it safe with stamped or polished concrete. Use your basic cleaners like mild dish soaps, castile soap, neutral stone cleaner, or pH neutral floor cleaners or detergents.
Power/Pressure Washing Concrete Floors or Driveways
If you’re not about scrubbing on your hands and knees. A power washer is a powerful tool that can help you efficiently clean a garage or cement floor. Exercise caution when using a power washer, as they can be harmful to your skin if hit with direct blast. Always wear steel-toed boots, or closed-toe shoes at the least.
If you’re using a gas-powered pressure washer instead of electric, be aware that they produce carbon monoxide gas, which is incredibly deadly. Always have the garage door open, or working within spaces with excellent ventilation.
Steps For Cleaning With a Pressure Washer
Apply detergent. With a pressure washer, just ensure that your floor is clear from major debris. We recommend Krud Kutter – Original Concentrated Cleaner Degreaser.
Use a pressure washer brush. After waiting 10-20 minutes, you can use a pressure washer brush to scrub and wash the area from stains/light debris.
Spray it clean. After you have applied the detergent and scrubbed it with a brush. The fun part of blasting away the dirt and grime to the outside is all that’s left! Thoroughly spray and check the are to ensure that you have addressed all stains.
We recommend the Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer. We use it for everything, from washing cars, to cleaning brick, to cleaning concrete floors.