Floor-cleaning Tips

Concrete Floors

Concrete is very porous and soaks up stains quickly. While few of us are so fastidious that we seal or paint garage floors, sealing a cement floor inside your home with a commercial sealer will save time in the long run, because the sealed floor will require little cleaning.
  • For an unsealed concrete floor, sweep up the loose surface dirt, and then wash it with either a strong all-purpose cleaning solution or the homemade cleaning solution we describe in the first section of this article.
  • The garage floor is the biggest cleaning challenge: Cement floors soak up oil and grease stains, gather piles of litter, and collect road dirt. But not many people spend much time in the garage, so you don't need to attack the mess very often. As strange as it seems, kitty litter can be a big help in the garage. Spread some around to absorb oil and grease. Also, keep the garage door closed so that leaves and other windblown debris don't collect in your garage.
  • When it comes time to clean the garage floor, sweep out the dirt and dust, and spread kitty litter with a stiff broom, working from the back of the garage to the front. Then get out the garden hose and flush the floor with clear water. You can scour tough globs of dirt with your stiff broom or blast them with a jet of water.

    Cleaning a garage floor can be done with a simple garden hose.
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    A simple garden hose will wash the dirt off your garage floor.

  • After you have gotten rid of the loose surface dirt on your garage floor, use the Heavy-Duty Floor Cleaner we describe in the first section of this article. It works as well as a commercial heavy-duty cleaner, and it's much cheaper. Apply to the concrete floor with a sponge mop, using pressure for heavily soiled areas; rinse with cool, clear water for spotless results. Let the floor dry.
Now it's time to address two other porous surfaces: flagstone and slate.