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Tips For Cleaning Your Garage Floor

December 31, 2020

The garage often becomes a storage room for vehicles, tools and forgotten projects. With spring cleaning season around the corner, it’s probably time to give your garage the deep cleaning it needs. You may find that the floor is covered with leaked chemicals, spilled car fluids, dried leaves, debris, and other caked substances that require more than a sponge and bucket of soapy water.

Set aside an afternoon to pressure wash the garage floor to fully rehabilitate your space for optimal functionality. Can you pressure wash epoxy floor or other floor finishes? With the proper research, guidance and products, yes!


Know What Type of Pressure Washer to Use

While the garage floor is meant to be durable, it can become stained with years worth of grease and spilled liquids. Bringing heavy-duty machinery to break down these substances may be your next step. Whether you want to pressure wash an epoxy floor, bare concrete, garage tiles or floor mats, research the appropriate equipment for deep cleaning. Though they may sound similar, pressure and power washers serve different purposes.

Pressure washers run on cold water, while power washers operate with hot water. The latter tend to be pricier but are great at breaking down deep-set oils. If you have an especially oily garage, a power washer may be your best bet. However, pressure washers are better for cleaning bare concrete. They can also be more cost-effective, so they might make more sense for the garage.

Pressure washers run electrically or on gas engines. Each handles a different water pressure that can affect the time and effort it takes to effectively clean the floor. If you have a bare concrete floor, a gas-powered engine may work best, as electric pressure washers are more appropriate for lighter jobs and general cleaning. Consider the pressure (PSI) and gallons per minute (GPM) as well to determine how much power you need from the washer.


Additional Tips to Keep in Mind

As with any powerful tool, it’s important to put safety first. Pressure washers can cause injury if irresponsibly used or if used without proper protective gear. It’s crucial to learn how to properly handle a pressure washer and take safety measures before you begin.

Remove all clutter to make floor maintenance easier. Make sure your electrical outlets and drywall are completely covered to avoid serious home damage. Wear steel-toe or rubber boots to protect your feet, since you’ll be aiming the jets at the floor. Goggles are also beneficial to protect your eyes from flying debris or the powerful water.

Pressure washers that run on gasoline are a safety hazard if used in enclosed spaces because they emit carbon monoxide gas. If you must conduct this inside the garage, always have the door open. Carbon monoxide is odorless and can have deadly effects if fumes are released in a poorly ventilated room. That said, it’s wise to operate the machine outside the garage to prevent gas

Additional accessories can make the job easier. Pre-treat stains with a detergent, and use a pressure washer brush to sweep away any excess dirt from the crevices of the garage. In order for the detergent to work properly, let it set for 15 to 20 minutes (or until it dries), and then scrub with the brush. A multipurpose surface cleaner can also speed up the process. A surface cleaner prevents excessive splashing and has high-pressure rotating jets to quickly get the job done.


How SIMPSON Can Help

Cleaning the garage after a season of pileup and disregarded home project materials is no easy feat. SIMPSON manufactures pressure washers and accessories for a wide range of homeowner applications. Browse our premium residential pressure washers or contact us for more information.