Concrete floors are extremely durable. Many homeowners have concrete floors in their garages, basements and workrooms.
Physical damage is not something you need to worry about when you have concrete floors. Concrete floors, however, are porous thus it can easily get stained because it absorbs liquid.
Stains are the worst enemy of unsealed concrete floors or bare concrete. Old stains that have permeated deeply on the concrete floor can be lightened but you cannot completely get rid of them.
To prevent stains from permanently settling, you need to clean your unsealed concrete floor at least once a week and focus your attention on the stains.
- Sweep away dust, dirt and debris with a shop vacuum or stiff-bristled broom.
- Work on the stains.
- ? Grease Stains. Sprinkle cornstarch on the stained area and let it sit for around 3 days then vacuum away.
- ? Rust Stains. For light stains pour distilled white vinegar and let it stand for about 30 minutes. Scrub it off with a stiff brush then rinse. For dark and large stains, you will need a commercial rust remover.
- ? Tire Marks. Wet the stained area and then apply a degreaser. Let it stand for at least 4 hours. Scrub off the area and then rinse.
- ? ? ? Mold and Mildew Stains. For light stains scrub off the stained area with a mixture of trisodium phosphate, powdered laundry detergent, and water. Scrub off the area and then rinse. For heavy stains, scrub the area with water and chlorine bleach solution.
- ? Food and Beverage Stains. Scrub the stained area with a mixture of water and dishwashing soap. For oil stains, apply dishwashing soap directly on the stain and scrub the stained area.
This can be a tedious task and you will need to do this process each time your unsealed concrete floor develops stains. As experts in concrete floors, we at Epoxy Floors New Jersey strongly suggest that you have your concrete floor sealed.