Get the Stains off your Garage Floor!
It doesn't matter if your garage is clean and organized and beautiful enough to be featured in Architectural Digest or Better Homes and Gardens, or such a mess that you can't stand to look at it. Either way, nothing will harm it more than grease stains on the floor. They're both common and unattractive and we're going to give you a few options to clean them up.
- It's best to clean the stains when they're fresh. If that's the case, try powdered laundry soap first. Professional race car associations such as NASCAR have been relying on this for years, and they must know something! First, blot up as much of the oil as possible. Mix a large amount of laundry soap into a bucket of warm water, and get it nice and soapy. Pour it onto the stain. Next, pour extra detergent (right from the box) directly on the stain. Let it set for a few minutes. Scrub the stain using a nylon brush with stiff bristles. When you're finished, hose everything off with a garden hose. The higher your water pressure, the better.
- Do you have any oven cleaner? Use it to spray the stains, then let it sit there for 5-10 minutes. Use a stiff brush to scrub away, then rinse it with a hose at the highest pressure you have. If you don't see a big difference, don't give up. The stains may very well need a second application.
- A lot of people swear by WD-40. Spray it on heavily and then wash it away with the hose. Highest pressure.
- Do you have any mineral spirits? Pour some on the stains and let it sit for about 3-minutes. Then scrub with the stiff brush. To dry it, put newspaper over the area. Once dry, wash the stain with one cup of bleach and one of laundry detergent, mixed into one gallon of warm water. Spray away with your hose to get it all clean.
- Have you heard that cola can clean your toilet? Or take the paint off your car? It can also clean those oil spots. Here's what you do: you'll need cat litter, a few cans of cola, a bucket, a stiff broom, laundry detergent, bleach, eye protection and rubber gloves. (A lot of stuff. You might want to try this remedy last.) Cover the stain with a thin layer of cat litter and brush it in. Sweep up the litter and pour cola to cover the area. Work the cola in with a bristle broom, and leave the cola on for about twenty minutes. Mix 1/4 cup laundry detergent with 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water and use it to clean everything up.
If none of these works, you might have to call in a professional. But we have great confidence in you. Get your supplies and your elbow grease and good luck!
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