Cleaning Your Garage Floor

by Karen Bates
(last updated January 4, 2010)

If there is one area in the house that is most likely to go without a regular cleaning, it is probably the garage. Dirt, dust, and junk all call the garage home, and you are less likely to want to clean this room since you might not spend a lot of time here.

Over time, however, the garage floor can begin to look quite disgusting if it is neglected. With dirt accumulating and oil and spills collecting on the floor, the garage can begin to look a bit scary.

There is no reason to let the garage floor look like a nightmare. With a little effort, you can get the floor in your garage looking clean and tidy.

If you are ready to clean your garage floor, try the following tips for the best results:

  • Remove all cars from the garage. You won't be able to get to all areas of the floor unless the garage is empty. Also remove any other items like bikes or storage boxes that might get in your way.
  • The first part of the cleaning process is to sweep out the whole garage thoroughly. Use a wide broom to get this part of the job done more quickly.
  • The most difficult part of the garage to clean is usually the oil spots left by cars. These are present in just about any garage, and they can be a pain to remove. There are, however, some different methods you can try. First, try dish soap or laundry detergent and let it sit on the spot for several minutes. Add a little water and scrub the spot until the oil lifts. Another possibility is to pour some baking soda on the oil spots to absorb it, then scrub with water.
  • Once the floor has been swept and the oil stains are removed, spray with a hose or use water with an old mop to rinse away any extra dirt from the floor. Allow the garage to dry thoroughly and replace cars and other items that were removed from the garage.

Cleaning the garage can seem like a daunting chore, but if you sweep once in a while and clean oil spots regularly, your garage floor should stay clean and look much nicer. If you want to help prevent oil from ending up on the garage floor, consider leaving something under your car, like a cardboard piece, to keep your floor safe from drips and leaks.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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