Spring Clean Your Garage

By: The Auto Guy Email
By: The Auto Guy Email

Winter makes you want to head to a beach, but you don’t want the beach on your garage floor. Now that it has warmed up, it’s a good time to get the floor cleaned, but before grabbing a broom, here's a few tips to help you out.

First of all, get everything out of the garage that you can. Trying to clean around all of that stuff will make the job much harder to do.

If you have some really big piles of dirt on the floor, take a shovel and get that picked up before you even think about sweeping. Those piles are hard to remove with just a broom.

If you have oil or antifreeze that has leaked onto the floor, there are some products that can be used to absorb a spill. There is a product called floor dry (which is essentially kitty litter) and it is sprinkled onto the fluid and then allowed to sit and absorb the spill.

Sometimes using your feet to grind the floor dry into the spill helps it work even better. After about 20 minutes or so, you can sweep it up and the majority of the spill should be gone.

There are degreasing products that you can spray onto the remaining oily stain and then work them in with a brush. With enough time and effort, you can usually get most of that remaining stain off of the concrete.

Now it’s time to sweep up the rest of the grime, but before you just start sweeping away, wet the floor down a little bit. Wetting the floor down before you sweep will help keep the rest of the garage clean because you won’t be kicking up so much dust while you are sweeping.

Using cleaning products diluted with some water is a good way to loosen up and sweep away a lot of the caked-on mess. It’s going to take several passes to get all of the dirt up off the floor, so make sure that you sweep and rinse it several times to get the floor really clean.

A good way to dry the floor quickly when you are done is to use a squeegee. It removes a lot of water very quickly and they aren’t that expensive to buy.

Now you are cleaned up and ready to go because spring is almost here (we hope).


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