Cleaning your garage floor might not be your favorite task, but without regular cleaning and maintenance, your garage floor might accumulate serious clutter and grime, which builds up and leaves the garage in poor condition.
If you do not have a pressure washer or do not want to exert energy dragging it out, there are other simple ways to get your garage floor clean. Here’s how to clean garage floor without pressure washer.
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How to Clean Garage Floor Without Pressure Washer
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Step 1: Clear the Floor
Start by removing anything on the garage floor that isn’t nailed down. Remove loose objects as they may get in the way while you clean, which could result in them getting damaged.
Remove cars, bikes, tools, basins, boxes, and other random items stored in the garage until you are done cleaning.
Items on shelves can be left alone if you are sure they won’t be in the way of any water spray, hoses, or soap.
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Step 2: Cover Drywall And Outlets
Cover the drywall and electrical outlets with a plastic drop cloth or tarp pinned or taped to the walls at least 3 feet up from the floor. The tarp or cloth will protect your walls from water damage and soapy stains.
Step 3: Sweep the Floor
Before you use a cleaning solution on your floor, sweep it thoroughly with a broom. This will get dirt, dust, and large debris out of the way. Collect the dirt with a dustpan, and dispose of it properly.
Step 4: Remove Stains
If there’s a tough stain on the garage floor, you may need to adopt a more rigorous cleaning method to get them out.
If it’s a fresh stain, start by mopping up the spill right away. Remove as much liquid as possible so it doesn’t set in the floor and becomes more difficult to clean later on.
Mop up the mess using paper towels or reusable rags and throw them out or give them a good wash afterwards.
- Scrub With Detergent And Water
You will need powdered detergent, a bucket of warm water, and a stiff scrub brush to get certain tough stains out of your garage floor. Sprinkle a generous amount of the detergent over the stain and completely cover it.
Then with the brush already dipped in the water, scrub the stain vigorously until it is lifted. When the stain is removed, use rags or paper towels to wipe up as much detergent as you can
- Using Lemon Juice Or Vinegar
If there’s a rust stain on your garage floor or any concrete flooring in your home, it can be removed by pouring lemon juice or vinegar on the stain.
Apply enough lemon juice or vinegar to cover the stain on the floor and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before pouring a second dose on top. With a stiff-bristled scrub brush, scour and scrub till the stain is lifted from the floor.
If this does not achieve desirable results work, you can try applying a stronger, store-bought acid or rust remover and scrub the floor afterwards.
- Apply Muriatic Acid
You can also mix ten parts of water to one part of muriatic acid if you have a tough rust stain. Apply the mixture to the stain, and allow it to sit for five minutes before scrubbing it out.
This method, however, isn’t suitable for epoxy floors; acids such as vinegar should only be applied on a concrete floor.
- Cat Litter
If you have dried oil stains on your garage floor or if there is oil residue leftover after a spill, sprinkle some cat litter containing clay.
Completely cover the stain with it and allow the litter to sit on the stain for a few hours or overnight so it can absorb the oil.
Check back after a while and if the cat litter oil has completely absorbed the stain, go ahead and sweep it up. If not, replace it with fresh litter, and allow it to sit for another day. You might have to repeat the process a few times to get out bad oil spills.
- Apply A Store-Bought Grease Remover
If you have particularly difficult oil and grease stains, an oil and grease remover can get the job done. Apply the product according to the instructions on the label.
Most products usually need to be applied to the stain and allowed to dry. This may take several hours, and when it dries, you can sweep it up. You can purchase grease removers at a hardware store, and they get the job done a bit easier.
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There are ways you can clean your garage floor without pressure washer and still get it to look sparkling clean. You may need to apply a product or two to get out remain tough oil or rust stains, but you get to achieve a clean floor in the end.