Here’s How to Clean Concrete Floors
Strong, long lasting, and easy care, concrete floors have a lot of pluses. And with today's new elegant finishes, concrete is just as much a flooring option for your living room as for the basement or garage. Be aware that although it is a relatively low maintenance material, concrete does needPosted — Updated
Strong, long lasting, and easy care, concrete floors have a lot of pluses. And with today's new elegant finishes, concrete is just as much a flooring option for your living room as for the basement or garage. Be aware that although it is a relatively low maintenance material, concrete does need occasional cleaning to get rid of dirt, stains, and oily patches. Here's how.
If the concrete is stained, apply a dilute bleach solution to the affected area and let it set for a while. After about 10 minutes, scrub with hot water and a stiff synthetic brush such as a deck brush. Repeat if necessary.
Oil and grease stains are a particular problem, especially on the floor of your garage. It's best to deal with any oily marks ASAP. Start by covering with a generous layer of kitty litter or sawdust. This will soak up the oil if you do it quickly. Leave it on for several hours or overnight, and then sweep it off. Sprinkle the remaining mark with an alkaline de-greaser, heavy-duty laundry detergent, or dishwasher detergent in powdered form. Scrub well and flush with boiling water.
To do an in-depth cleaning job, rent a floor buffer, requesting the special head for concrete. The cost to rent a buffer is about $35 to 60 per day.
Pressure washing will remove the most problematic stains. Renting a pressure washer will run you approximately $70 per day. Use the right tip for your concrete and don't direct the pressure spray in one spot for too long, as its powerful abrasive action can actually etch the surface of the concrete. Be sure to protect drywall and electric sockets.
Exterior concrete floors should be sealed every 1 to 3 years to protect them from the effects of the weather and everyday wear and tear. Sealing reduces staining, maintains the concrete's attractive appearance, and extends its life.
Use a soft dust mop or a vacuum cleaner for routine maintenance.
Damp mop, using a mild cleaning agent like dish soap, to remove more serious dirt. Dry the floor immediately to prevent discoloration. It's recommended to wipe dry with a cotton cloth, since synthetic can scratch.