Baking Soda, Murphy’s Oil Soap & Warm Bucket of Water
This simple solution does a great job of washing a concrete garage floor. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of Murphy’s Oil soap and ¼ cup of baking soda into a 2 gallon bucket of warm water. Scrub the floor with this mixture using a push broom, then rinse clean.
Bon Ami works well for cleaning up basic dirt and grime from a garage floor as well.
Liberally wet the floor, then liberally sprinkle the Bon Ami over all effected areas. Scrub with a brush or push broom, then rinse well with a garden hose or buckets of clean water.
Cascade Dishwashing Powder
Because Cascade is made to cut grease, it works well for getting oil stains out of concrete and cement floors. Simply make a paste using Cascade and water and scrub it into the oil or grease stains. Let it sit overnight, then rescrub and rinse the area thoroughly the next day with clean water.
Strangely enough, Coca Cola is another good way to get oil stains out of concrete. Pour enough of the soda over the stain to make sure it is fully covered and let it sit for about a half hour. Then rinse with a garden hose or a bucket of clean water. You might need to repeat another time or two for particularly hard stains, but it does work.
Dishwashing liquids are also made to cut grease, so they work well for removing oil stains from garage and concrete floors. Cover the stain with a liberal amount of the dishwashing liquid (spread with a push broom or brush if necessary). Leave for 24 hours, then spray clean with a garden hose.
Easy Off Oven Cleaner
Easy Off Oven Cleaner also works well for removing tough grease or oil stains from a concrete garage floor. Be sure that the room is well ventilated – then spray the cleaner directly on the stain. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes – then scrub the area with a scrub brush or push broom. Rinse Well with a garden hose. If any of the stain remains, repeat for a second time.
Cat litter is great for absorbing fresh oil or grease stains from a garage floor. Pour a good amount of cat litter onto the spot be suring to grind the litter in with a piece of wood or even the heel of your shoe. Let it sit overnight to fully absorb, then simply sweep up the litter and throw away. If any stain remains, use one of the household remedies up above.
Corn starch is also great for absorbing fresh oil stain. Cover the area liberally with the corn starch, leave for a few hours while it absorbs all of the oil, then sweep up and away.
Here’s a neat little trick. Cover oil or grease with a bunch of newspapers. Saturate the newspaper sheets with water. Let the papers completely dry, then throw the papers away.
The newspaper absorbs the oil as it dries.
Bleach is one of the most effective ways to clean mold from a concrete floor. Simply mix 3 cups of Clorox Bleach in one gallon of water and use a mop or brush broom to cover the moldy areas. Let it sit for 24 hours then rinse the area well with a garden hose or buckets of clean water. Then re-sweep the clean water out with a broom.
Lemon Kool Aid and Plastic Trash Bags
Here is a neat little trick to clean rust from a concrete garage floor. Wet the stain and sprinkle some Lemon flavored Kool aid on top of it. Then cover the stain and the kool aid powder with a plastic garbage bag. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then remove the plastic bag and scrub the area with a scrub brush. Rinse clean with a garden hose.
Lemon Juice and Salt
Here is another handy way to get rid of rust stains from a concrete garage floor or patio. Saturate the rust stains with lemon juice, cover it with salt. Let it dry, then scrub it clean and rinse it down well.
An easy way to prevent dust from flying up and around while sweeping a garage floor is to sprinkle some corn meal all over the floor before sweeping. The dust will stick to the corn meal and believe it or not, will make clean up go faster because you don’t have to keep sweeping the same areas again and again as the dust flies.
Used coffee grounds will also prevent dust from flying around making you go over the same spots again and again. Just sprinkle some used coffee grounds all over the floor and watch how much faster the sweeping will go.
Simple Green works well for removing particularly tough smells from concrete or cement. This includes cat spray, skunk spray, cat urine or dog urine. This works well for concrete outside as well as the occasional accident in a concrete garage. Mix one cup of simple Green in 10 cups of hot water in a bucket. Scrub the surface down with this solution using a brush or brush broom. Be sure that room is well ventilated and that you brush out as much of the moisture as possible. Then place fans around the room to dry the area.
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