How to care and maintain new garage floors
Caring for and maintaining new garage floors can be a pretty simple process depending upon the type of new floor you have. When you’ve got a brand spanking new floor for your garage you must be reminded that cleaning and caring for the floors is important if you want to keep the new covering looking great.
Chances are you have spent a lot of time, money and effort in creating a garage space that will meet your needs. If you fully understand the best ways for caring for your floor, then you’ll help it stay in top condition for your future enjoyment. You might also want to seek the advice of a garage professional to form a maintenance plan.
– Make sure you have the right tools. You will want to have these items available:
- Dust mop
- Wet mop
- Warm Water
- Mild cleaner
- Electric blower (optional)
- For regular floor cleaning, use a soft broom or a mop to go over the surface. You may also use a blower if there are loose items and debris on the floor. Blowing out that type of material will make the overall cleaning process easier.
- If you have to do a deeper floor cleaning after all of the debris has been cleared, you can make your homemade cleaning solution. All you need is a cup of vinegar per gallon of water (cold or warm). Use the mop or a rag with the solution to clean the floor. There’s no need for rinsing the floor with water after the cleaning; instead, just allow the floor to dry by itself. You will want to put up a sign to indicate that the floor should be kept off limits until it is completely dry.
- When a spill occurs on your new garage floor, it is best to wipe it up right away. Some floor types are designed to withstand any spills, but they can be permanently discolored or damaged if the spills are left standing too long. Acid can damage the new floors in particular. It is recommended to check the items stored in the area for any potential leaks.
- Tire marks are often harder to clean than with a solution of vinegar and water. If you can’t just eliminate them, call the contractor who installed your new garage floor. Ask them what is the best cleaner to get rid of the tire marks from your new garage floor. They may recommend a citrus degreaser for use on the tire marks when it’s diluted with water.
- Avoid using any cleaning solution with harsh chemicals. When using cleaning items, it’s best to consult with a professional. Don’t use any cleaning materials that will damage the floor, therefore voiding the warranty that came with its installation.If the contractor who installed your floor didn’t provide a list of chemicals that could be used on the floor, be sure to ask them for a list and keep it readily available for future use.
- If you regularly and diligently care for your garage floor, it will look as good as when it was first installed. A great looking garage will also help to improve your homes value.