If your garage's concrete floor has started looking worn, you may decide it's time to have it resurfaced. However, you may have several oil stains that could bleed through the new layer. If so, use the following three steps for removing the oil stains before you resurface your floors.
Step 1: Use A Concrete Grinder To Remove The Top Concrete Layer
The first step involves removing the top layer of concrete using a concrete grinder. This not only roughens the surface to make the resurfacing adhere better, but it also removes the top layer of any stains to make it easier to remove them at their base.
When using the concrete grinder, do not apply too much pressure at any given time. You want the removal to be even so that the finished floor does not have any gouges or ruts. Once you have ground the top layer of concrete, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Scrub The Area With Dish Soap And Oxygenated Powder Cleaner
Once you have exposed the base of your stains, scrub the area with a mixture of grease-cutting dish soap and oxygenated powder cleaner. The dish soap cuts through the grease and oil while the oxygenated powder lifts the stain from any hole, nooks and crannies.
To make your cleaner, combine two cups of dish soap with one cup of powder in a small bowl or bucket. Then, dip a scrub brush into the cleaner, and use small, circular motions to scrub the surface of the stain. Once you have scrubbed all of the stains, let the cleaner sit for about an hour. Then, go on to the third step.
Step 3: Pressure Wash The Concrete To Rinse
After scrubbing the oil stains in your concrete floor, it is time to rinse the cleaner off of the surface. To do this, use a pressure washer since the high pressure and volume of water are forced into the crevices of the concrete to lift away the oil stains loosened while scrubbing.
If you do not have access to a pressure washer, use a garden hose with a spray nozzle set to a tight stream. Hold the nozzle no more than a couple of feet away from the surface to increase the amount of pressure.
The above steps should remove most oil stains from your garage's floor. However, if you come across one or more stubborn stains, you may want to speak with a concrete contractor (such as one from V J Rice Concrete Limited) for possible solutions before you have your concrete floor resurfaced.
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