Cleaning a concrete garage floor!


  #1  
Old 02-08-14, 04:20 PM
H
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 3
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Angry Cleaning a concrete garage floor!

I did as I was told in many homeowner forums, I got some kitty litter, spread it on top of the oil stains, smashing with my shoes or whatever, and I thought the floor was cleaned. Then I got some baking soda and vinegar and a squeegee and much to my chagrin, I saw the floor was not at all cleaned actually it look dirtier than it ever had! I will attach a photo, any home remedies? I can't put a hose in the garage because it is freezing here but anyway I couldn't use a hose because there are several electronic devices plugged in so I have to keep the mess kind of contained at all times thanks
 
Attached Images  
  #2  
Old 02-09-14, 03:42 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 45,816
Received 875 Upvotes on 766 Posts
I've heard that you can spread some dry portland cement over the stains and it will draw up the oil stains so you can sweep them away - but I've never tried it!!

Can't the electronic devices be unplugged and maybe removed temporarily? The best way to clean the concrete would be to use TSP or another strong detergent along with scrubbing and rinsing with a pressure washer. Of course you'd want to wait for a warm day
 
  #3  
Old 02-09-14, 06:40 AM
P
Temporarily Suspended
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 10,265
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
We used to use gasoline & dry seed to remove the stains in a auto shop.
 
  #4  
Old 02-09-14, 07:23 AM
S
Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: usa
Posts: 1,239
Received 1 Upvote on 1 Post
many flooring pro's use ' dawn ' detergent,,, have used ' beanedoo ' by franmar not to be confused w/' beano ' which is for a more anal issue ' elephant snot ' is another [ no $ interest in any NOR have i ever used beano ]

for most stubborn spots, a poultice of vm&p naptha seems to work fairly decent mix'd w/either corn starch or diatomaceous earth ( swimming pool companies ),,, if we find stain depth over 1/2", we usually chop out & replace

used white gas, too, but uncertain its even avail today
 
  #5  
Old 02-10-14, 01:54 AM
H
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 3
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
So I guess it's safe to assume that my usual home remedies including baking soda vinegar club soda and other random household items won't suffice? :-) It's freezing here in Maryland actually it snowed tonight. I guess I can try the dish soap thing I have a squeegee and stuff, someone mentioned something about WD-40 does anybody know about that? I also had muriatic acid I just don't feel safe being female and doing it by myself. Not that women can't do amazing things, but you know what I'm saying! :-)
 
  #6  
Old 02-10-14, 04:33 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 45,816
Received 875 Upvotes on 766 Posts
I don't think muratic acid will clean up oil. WD-40 adds more oil although the solvents in might help, IMO it would be better to just use the solvents. Any special reason this job can't wait for warmer weather?
 
  #7  
Old 02-10-14, 07:10 AM
P
Temporarily Suspended
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 10,265
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
I don't how WD 40 got so popular or why people think that it's good for everything. There are better products such as CRC & PB Blaster. Either way, just pour some gas on the floor & throw some dry seed (looks like kitty litter which will also work) & let it set for a few days. You'll be shocked as to how clean the floor looks after you sweep it. You can also flip a push broom over & use the wood to grind the dry seed on top of the floor.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: