Concrete floors have become a popular option in recent years. This is due to being durable, highly fashionable and aesthetically pleasing. But, over time, there will likely be a buildup of both grime and dirt. The process happens slowly , which makes it hard to notice your floor getting dirtier.
Luckily, with a professional pressure cleaning service, your floor can be restored to its original condition. You’ll be left speechless at the results!
There are two main types of concrete flooring. They are:
- Standard concrete which is generally used in garages and outdoors
- Decorative concrete which is usually used indoors.
Now, let’s take a look at the 5 best ways to clean concrete floors, and have them looking sparkling new.
1. Decorative Concrete Floors
Decorative concrete floors provide great stain-resistance, as well as durability. By caring for them with a proper maintenance routine, your concrete floors can last a lifetime.
- Wet Mop
- Dust Mop
- Mild Cleaner
- Warm Water
- Thoroughly sweep the floors to get rid of any rubbish.
- Use the dust mop to get rid of any remaining fine debris or dust.
- Fill a bucket using warm water and a small amount of mild cleaner. Dish soap can also work as an alternative. Be sure not to use vinegar or ammonia. Either one may damage the finish of your flooring.
- Take the wet mop and dip it in the cleaning solution. Make sure to wring it thoroughly.
- Mop the concrete floors in smaller sections. Remember to rinse and drip the mop frequently.
- After you’ve finished, rinse the bucket, and refill with warm water.
- Mop the floor again, like in step 5. This will help to get rid of any remaining soap residue.
Important: Decorative concrete may also need rebuffing occasionally. This will ensure it keeps its shine. To keep the floors in beautiful condition, they should be resealed every 3 to 4 years.
While you could hire a high-speed buffer and buy resealing products, it’s recommended to have a flooring professional do this for you. That way, you can be assured of the highest quality results. As well as not causing accidental damage by using the wrong products or equipment settings.
2. Standard Concrete
You should regularly sweep a standard concrete floor, (like the one in your garage). But, besides sweeping, It also needs regular deep cleaning maintenance. It’s recommended to do so yearly.
- Push broom
- Hose and spray nozzle attachment
- Dry granular cleaner
- Somewhere to store your belongings
- Shop-Vac (Optional)
- Power Washer (Optional)
First, check the weather forecast, and make sure it is a sunny and dry day.
- Clean out everything from your garage.
- Sweep/vacuum all the debris and dust.
- Connect the hose to the water supply. Turn it on all the way.
- Set the spray attachment to the highest setting. Next, spray the whole floor.
Start at the rear of the garage, and make your way forward to the exit. Clean using side to side motions. Make sure to clean the corners of garages thoroughly, as this is where grime and dirt tend to build up.
- Spray cleaner over the entire floor, while it is still wet.
- Use a push broom to scrub the cleaning solution into the concrete floor.
- Rinse the concrete floor the same way as in Step 4.
Important: If your garage floor is very dirty, then it is strongly recommended to use a power washer. It may be tempting to try and do it yourself. But it’s recommended to hire a professional cleaning service for best results. Also, doing so eliminates any risk of damage or injury.
How To Remove Stains From Concrete
After you’ve cleaned your concrete floors, it may be possible that there are still some stains which won’t go away. If that happens, here are some further methods you can try to remove the following:
3. Remove Oil Stains
To remove oil, use a spray bottle to apply bleach to the stained area. Next, let it sit for 20 minutes. Then take a scrub brush and thoroughly scrub the stain, then rinse.
Important: Be very careful using bleach, as it can be hazardous. Avoid contact with your eyes and skin. Also, make sure not to get bleach on your clothing, or it will leave stains.
4. Remove Grease Stains
To remove grease, first spread a layer of kitty litter over the stain. Then let it sit for 2 or 3 days. Next, sweep or vacuum the kitty litter, and dispose of it correctly in your rubbish.
If you find the stain is still there, then cover the stain in dry cement. Leave it for a further 2 or 3 days. Then sweep it up.
Important: Only dispose of dry cement in your rubbish bin. If you dispose of it in a sink or toilet, it will lead to plumbing problems.
5. Get Rid Of Tyre Marks
To get rid of tyre marks, first wet the affected area. Then use a degreaser such as an orange citrus concentrate. Leave the degreaser on the tyre marks for a few hours, then scrub vigorously with a scrub brush, and rinse.
Important: It’s recommended not to use muriatic acid. It is a hazardous chemical and highly reactive liquid acid.
Why You Should Hire A Professional Cleaning Service
Pressure cleaning is an excellent way to make the exterior of your home look sparkling clean and look brand new. But, if you clean incorrectly, it can cause damage to your concrete floors.
It’s recommended to use a professional pressure cleaning service instead of attempting to do it yourself. Let’s take a look at some reasons why.
Experience and Training
A professional pressure cleaning service has extensive experience with cleaning concrete floors. Cleaners have undergone training with equipment, and know the right settings and temperatures to use.
Industry Standard Equipment
Professional cleaners don’t use unmaintained budget equipment from a local hardware store. Instead, they use a top of the line cleaning rig, which is suited for commercial use. All tools are also regularly serviced to ensure they operate at their peak performance and deliver the best results.
Correct Cleaning Solutions
Not every type of cleaning requires soap and water. If you use it on the wrong kind of surface, it can leave a residue which looks gross and is difficult to remove. Professional cleaners know which surfaces to use soap and water, and which to avoid.
Are you looking for a professional cleaning service for your concrete floors? Quickly Please Cleaning are here to help. Contact us for an obligation-free quote. Call 0431 585 783 or contact us online.