In order to maintain a good looking garage floor for years to come, you must keep your coated garage floor clean. Dirt and debris are abrasive and over time will scratch, stain, and dull the surface of your epoxy, polyurea, polyaspartic, polyurethane, or other types of floor coating finish. Just like inside your home, hardwood floors, tile, and carpet can all be ruined if not kept free of dirt and debris. Here are some tips to help keep your garage floor looking great for years.
- Sweep the garage floor daily if needed. Dirt is the enemy and the force of heavy vehicular traffic is basically driving it into the surface.
- Once a week the floor should be mopped with common household detergents and rinsed completely. Be sure to check with your floor coatings manufacturer for recommended cleaning products. The mop should be rinsed and the water changed often. An industrial style mop bucket with squeezer works best with a synthetic mop head. Cotton mop heads tend to catch and fuzz on textured surfaces more than synthetic. A good scrubbing with a bristled brush may be required to remove stubborn marks from tires and hard rubber castors.
- Do not allow grease, and other contaminants sit on the surface of the floor. Wipe them up as soon as they occur when possible. Many products claim they are resistant to most chemicals; however this does not mean the chemicals will not stain the surface. Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or a biodegradable cleaner like Simple Green work well for removing oily substances. Just be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when using TSP.
- If your floor is extremely dirty, I recommend renting a floor scrubber with a white pad for cleaning. These machines can be rented for about $25 and the pads cost less than $10. You will be able to scrub the entire garage floor in short order and it will do a much better job that if you do it by hand.
- Allow the biodegradable cleaner to set for a while and do the work for you on stubborn stains like grease and tire marks. Then after an aggressive scrubbing, completely rinse the area to remove the dirt and cleaner.
- Waxing and polishing of garage floor coatings is not required. However, if your floor is dull due to poor maintenance or heavy traffic, you can wax or polish the floor with commercial products designed for that purpose. You may also consider refinishing your floor coating to renew its appearance. See our article on how to refinish a garage floor coating.