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Maintaining Your Garage Floors: Sweep, Spills and Sealant

Whether they’re new, old, or somewhere in between, we require a lot from our garage floors. Tools and heavy equipment are dropped onto them, trucks lumber across them constantly, and vehicle repairs are done, sometimes creating leaky messes that can leave stains. Since we can’t replace our garage floors at our every whim, it’s best to know how to care for them properly in order to keep them looking better longer.

Sweep

Obvious? Yes. Regularly done? Not always. Accumulated dirt has a tendency to create track marks, and collect oil and other debris along the way. When you sweep your garage floors regularly, you help minimize stain and residue build-up, which makes heavy cleaning something that you have to do less often.

Spills

It should go without saying that spills must be cleaned up immediately. This helps prevent stains, and it keeps the spilled material from being tracked across the floor.

Don’t use just anything to clean up the spill though. The cleaner you use will depend on what type of flooring you have, and whether or not the floor is sealed. Before you apply any cleaning solution to your garage floors, check the cleaning solution bottle for information. If in doubt, don’t use it.

Sealant

Probably the most important thing you can do to maintain the longevity and appearance of your garage floors is to have them sealed. What type of sealant you use will depend on the type of flooring, but epoxy sealants are versatile, fairly low cost, and can effectively seal off a variety of flooring types. Epoxy is a good place to start looking when considering sealant for your garage floors.

Tip: Before applying any type of sealant, make sure to check the amount of moisture in your garage floors. You need to be sure that you don’t trap in moisture with the sealant, as it will cause more harm than good. How can you check for moisture? Tape down plastic or rubber mats to several areas and allow them to sit for 24 hours. If, after removing the mats, you notice condensation, you must make sure that you dry the garage floors completely before applying the sealant.