Even if it isn’t intentional, your garage is a busy place. Roughly 55% of homeowners state that they use their garage as the entrance to their home. To protect against this heavy foot traffic, many homeowners decide to install garage floor coatings.
But once you’ve installed your garage floor coating, it is your responsibility to keep it clean. While cleaning and maintaining your garage floor coating isn’t a difficult task, it is important that you know how to properly care for it to prevent degradation of the coating.
If you want to protect your garage floor coating, continue reading to learn more about what you should do to keep them looking like new.
1. Sweep Your Floors Regularly
Regular sweeping is one of the easiest ways to maintain your new garage floor coating. While dirt and debris do not stick to the ground easily, there is a chance that, over time, it will begin to stick to your garage floor coating. There is also a chance that, during the winter months, deicer can build up on your floors.
To prevent this, you should consider sweeping the floor in your garage at least once a week. This is especially important if your garage has a lot of foot traffic. Dirt may get kicked around and walked on, causing damage to your garage floor coating if you leave it unaddressed.
2. Use A pH-Neutral Floor Cleaner
If you notice a build-up on your garage floor, you may decide to mop and clean the floors. If you choose to mop your garage floors, you need to use a pH-neutral floor cleaner. These neutral cleaners will help you avoid developing a film over the top of your garage floor coating. This film would allow dirt and debris to easily stick to your floors.
You should also avoid citrus-based floor cleaners and chemical degreasers. If these cleaners sit on your floor coating, they can begin to degrade it. If you are trying to maintain your garage floor and don’t want to ruin your coating, use only a pH-neutral cleaner according to the package instructions.
3. Spot Treat Stains
No matter how much you try to maintain your garage floor coating, there is always going to be something that drips on the floor. Whether it’s leaking oil from your car or melting snow and deicer from outside, these small spots should be easy to clean up as you go.
If you notice small dirty spots on your garage floor, you should spot treat these as they appear. Just use the same cleaner that you would use to mop the entire floor. Spot-treating your floors can prevent needing a larger, complete room cleaning.
4. Double Clean If You Need To
Have you just moved into a house with a garage floor coating? They may seem intimidating if you have never worked with garage floor coatings. But they are a lot easier to clean than it might seem.
That being said, if you have mopped your garage floors and they still appear dirty or dingy, it is okay to double-clean them. Giving them a second clean will remove any tough, stuck-on dirt or debris that the first clean could not pull up. Giving them a second clean also removes anything that may have been on your garage floor coating that was not visible to the naked eye.
5. Be Mindful If You Pressure Wash
When you think of cleaning your concrete floors, you might immediately think of pressure washing. You might even have pressure washed the concrete on your driveways or pathways leading up to your home. While this is fine for your unsealed concrete, you do have to be a little more careful when pressure washing your garage floor coating.
If you attempt pressure washing on your own to maintain your garage floors, you will need to ensure that the pressure from the washer remains under 1,000 psi. If the pressure is any higher than this, it can begin to damage your garage floor coating. If you are unsure how to reach this lower pressure or are concerned about potentially damaging your garage floors, contact a professional cleaning company.
6. Avoid Abrasion If Possible
Your garage floor coating is built to be incredibly resilient because there is a lot that your garage floors are put through. They see abrasive chemicals and car tires. If they aren’t resilient, you would have to reapply a floor coating regularly to maintain concrete protection. While these floors are incredibly resilient, they certainly are not invincible.
To properly protect your garage floor coating, avoid excessive abrasion to the surface. Avoiding abrasion means that you should avoid dragging things repeatedly across the surface. Repeated dragging across the floor coating can wear it down. If you want to prevent this kind of damage, you should pick up things as you move them around your garage.
Maintaining Your Garage Floor Coating With Solid Garage Floors of Montana
If you are interested in getting a professional garage floor coating installed in your home, you should work with a team of detail-oriented professionals you can trust. Our team at Solid Garage Floors of Montana is confident that, with years of experience and happy customers, we can create the perfect garage floor coating for your home.
In addition to garage floor coatings, we provide basement, driveway, and pool deck coatings. If you are interested in installing a garage floor coating or would like to receive a quote for your home, reach out to our team today.