How Do I Safely Clean My Concrete Garage Floor?

While it is true that a garage floor does not need to be as clean as the floors on the interior of your home, it is essential to perform regular cleaning to ensure that the garage has the highest level of functionality and safety. This is a floor that is exposed to a vast array of elements. Examples include dirt, oil, and environmental elements such as pollen.

You have to keep in mind that concrete is highly porous; therefore, care and caution must be used in cleaning. Continue reading to learn how to make your garage floor look its absolute best. 

The Clean Out 

In order to conduct a comprehensive cleaning of your concrete garage floor, you must first start by doing a complete clean out. Yes, it is advised that everything on the floor of the garage be completely removed.

Not only will this allow you to locate any spots that are especially tainted, but it will also allow you to carefully inspect the floor to determine if any part of it is damaged. 


Once the garage is completely emptied of all items on the floor, you should sweep the entire surface in order to eliminate standing and loose debris. You may use a regular broom, a commercial broom, or a dust mop. You will want to make certain that remove as much debris as possible so that it is not left behind to scratch the surface once you initiate the deep cleaning component of the chore.

Once you finish sweeping, get a shop vac and vacuum the floor completely. It is best to use an industrial-grade vac for this task. 


Next, you will want to place a degreaser solution on your floor. Be certain to adhere to the instructions on the product and protect yourself with gloves, goggles, and a face mask.

You may use a brush with stiff bristles to work the product into the flooring. Scrub in sections until the entire floor has been cleaned. If there are stains, place extra degreaser on these areas. 

The Rinse

Once the entire floor has been scrubbed and the degreaser has been allowed to penetrate the concrete garage floor, you may then rinse. You may use a regular water hose or a pressure washer to complete this task. You should ensure that no water is left to pool on the floor.

Once finished, open all windows and doors to the garage and allow the floor to dry completely. To make the drying faster, you may utilize fans and/or a dehumidifier. 

Bypass the Complications

If you want to bypass the complications posed by the cleaning process that we have outlined in this guide, we recommend have a concrete coating placed over your garage floor. This will seal in the porous concrete and will make cleaning much easier.

In addition to this, it will also protect your concrete garage floor. In turn, this increases the longevity of the floor and instantly increases the value of your home. If you would like to learn more about coatings for your concrete garage floor, contact us here at Concrete Coatings of the South by calling the following number: 706-249-4131

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