Monday, February 25, 2013

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor


DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

I don't know about you but my garage floor get's so dirty during the winter. The dried dirt and crud from the roads just covers it. 

During the summer, I use the hose to rinse it all out but, during the winter, I don't want a skating rink in my garage. I've used this method to clean my garage floors during the winter for years and thought I would share it with you. 

How do I do it- I use snow!!!! Think of a snowcone. A snowcone just sucks up that syrup and that's what snow does to all the dirt and dirty water on the garage floor.  Plus snow crystals are slightly abrasive so it scrubs off that dried on dirt as you sweep it all out the door.






















Here's the before and after!  Obviously my garage floor needs to be repainted this spring but you can see how the dirt is gone leaving the painted and unpainted floor clean.

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

Here's how to do it:

First:  Sprinkle fresh clean snow all over the floor with a shovel making sure to cover any dirty spots.  Second: Let it sit for 5-10 mins.
DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog
Third: Using a wide broom, sweep the snow out of the garage. Usually the dried dirt comes right up with the snow, but occasionally you might have to move the snow back and forth over a stubborn spot to get it up.
DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog
The snow just sucks up the dirt and any water on the floor. It's like magic!!!

All the dirt is gone! Boy, do I ever need to paint this floor!

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

Here you can see how the snow absorbed the dirt and muck?!!  Sweep all the dirty snow into a pile and  shovel it off to the side so it doesn't get tracked back into the garage.  You now have a clean garage floor in minutes!

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog 

















I hope you find this method as useful as I do!

4 comments:

Matthew Tudge said...

Thanks for sharing this. I am really considering completely redecorating my garage however, I am undecided on which garage floor paint to use. It is between the two in the following links. Any recommendations and any help would be appreciated. Thanks http://www.blackcountrypaints.co.uk/index.php?webpage=standardpaints2#a27 or http://www.taindustrialpaints.co.uk/index.php?webpage=store.php&cID=30563


Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

Hi Matthew,
If you want a smooth surface, I would go with either company's Solvent Free Epoxy. Epoxy paint will stand up better for a garage floor. A garage floor is exposed to gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, salt and other chemicals in addition to the wear and tear from tires and foot traffic. Considering that the previous owner of our house, painted our floor 12 years ago and it just now needs repainting I believe epoxy is the way to go.

My one comment would be that a painted garage floor can be slicker that heck. If your shoes are wet or snowy you can slip and fall easily. Ours is untextured and it's like an ice skating rink in wet shoes. When I repaint I am actually going to look at a product like Rhino Top Epoxy Textured Coating when we repaint. I want an acrylic (solvent free) epoxy but with texture.
http://www.bestmaterials.com/detail.aspx?ID=15024

I'd love to hear what you end up using, how hard the application is and how it worked for you since I'll be redoing ours this summer.
Havea great day!

German Zollinger said...

Thanks for sharing, Margaret! This is just fantastic! Not only is it quick, but effective in removing those annoying stains. Did you know that you can have a high-quality floor cleaner at a reasonable price? You just have to check with trusted sellers. Good day! :)

German Zollinger

Nathan Riley said...

That is such a great hack! Who would’ve thought that snow could be a good cleaner as well? It’s too bad that you can only do it during winter, when it’s just too cold to do some heavy cleaning. But I think it’s still best to keep a regular cleaning day, so that the dirt and grime won’t accumulate and mar your garage floors. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Nathan Riley @ Steemer Atlanta