If you want to protect the floor in your garage, you should consider a garage liner to help protect the cement slab from grease, grime and oil stains. There are many types of garage floor liners to choose from. For example, you could choose garage floor tiles or even an epoxy floor sealant. However, garage floor liner mats are the easiest to work with; are extremely easy to clean; and can be installed in about an hour or so. So, here is a quick how-to guide that will show you how to install a garage floor liner.
Step 1 - Measure and Order Garage Floor Liner Mats
Take a measuring tape and measure the dimensions of your home's garage. Once you have accurately measured the garage, take the measurements and visit a local auto parts store and see if they have a roll-out garage floor liner mat in stock. Alternatively, you can use a major search engine to search for companies that sell garage floor liner mats online. There are many styles and types to choose from; however, choose a type that is easy to clean and doesn't require any special type of adhesive or glue for installation. These types of adhesives or blues can actually damage the floor of your garage and make the liner mat difficult, if not impossible, to remove in the future.
Step 2 - Remove Items from Garage
Before you can install the new garage floor liner mat, you'll need to make sure that you remove everything from the garage. Remove your vehicle, any cabinets or toolboxes, or anything else that obstructs the installation of the mat on the floor.
Step 3 - Sweep and Mop Garage
Take a broom and thoroughly sweep the floor surface area of your garage. Then, take a damp mop and mop the floor to remove any dust or dirt that has settled. Allow the floor to dry before continuing.
Step 4 - Roll Out Floor Liner Mat
Have someone help you to move the floor liner mat roll to the edge of the floor that is closest to the entry door to your home. Then, simply roll out the mat until it reaches the garage door. You may need to twist and turn the role somewhat in order to properly align it.
Step 5 - Trim Excess Mat Material
In most cases, the manufacturer will provide a couple of inches (or more) of additional mat material just to ensure that you have enough. Therefore, you'll probably need to trim any excess with a utility knife. When doing this, make sure that you press the mat tightly to the floor and up against the wall. Then, use a straight edge to help you cut the mat material straight. After you cut the material, press down on the corners and edges of the map with your foot to ensure that they are tight.
Step 6 - Put it All Back
You can now put everything back in your garage and park your vehicle. Occasionally, sweep the mat and mop it with soapy water to keep it clean.