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Great Ways to Prevent Garage Floor Stains

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Great Ways to Prevent Garage Floor Stains

As you use your garage, the inevitable will happen eventually – stains and spills on your garage floor. While it may not be as important as the floors in your home, you probably don’t want unsightly stains ruining your garage floor either.


The good news is that you have options for keeping your garage floor clean. With just a little effort, your garage floors should stay neat and tidy. Using three great ways to prevent garage floor stains, your garage floors should stay clean and attractive for many years.

  1. 1.Garage Floor Paint

    It’s important to ensure adequate ventilation when you’re working with concrete sealants because they often contain dangerous chemicals.

    By applying special paint designed to adhere to concrete, you can add color and interest to your garage floor, while protecting it from stains and spills.


    The first step in painting your garage floor will involve cleaning it thoroughly. Remove as much debris and contaminants from the floor as possible, first sweeping it and then applying a concrete cleaner to the surface. After rinsing away the concrete cleaner and letting the surface dry, you’ll be ready to apply the primer and paint.


    Priming and painting the garage floor won’t require any special application techniques. Use a 2-inch paint brush to prime around the edges of the garage and then fill in with primer in the main area using a paint roller. Allow the primer to dry for about eight hours and then apply the paint in the same fashion. Don’t use the garage until the paint dries completely -- at least 48 hours.

  2. 2.Seal Garage Floor

    Another option for preventing garage floor stains is a clear concrete sealant. These sealants apply much like paint, with paint brushes and rollers. It’s important to ensure adequate ventilation when you’re working with concrete sealants because they often contain dangerous chemicals. Wear skin and eye protection as well.


    After cleaning the concrete using the same methods required for painting, allow the garage floor to dry completely. Apply the sealant to the garage floor, cutting in the edges first with the paint brush and then applying the sealant to the main areas of the floor with a paint roller. Allow the sealant to dry completely for the time recommended on the product label.

  4. 3.Garage Floor Mat

    For a simple and inexpensive option for preventing garage floor stains, consider a garage floor mat. These mats come in a variety of sizes, designed to line the garage floor to prevent stains. Clean your garage floor as thoroughly as possible before installing the floor mat and allow it to dry completely. Once you place the garage floor mat onto the floor, any stains or drips that occur will sit on the surface of the mat. You can scrub them off with soap and water or you could even use vinyl cleaner to remove stains effectively. Eventually, if the floor mat becomes soiled, you can replace it and start over with a new, unstained floor mat.


    With just a little effort and maintenance, your garage floors will be a source of pride.

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