How to Clean and Seal a Garage Floor
LESLIE: Bill in Florida needs some help with a garage floor.
Bill, what’s going on?
BILL: We have stains from acid spills in various places. The floor is about – the building is about seven years old. There are a lot of various stains from the traffic and normal automobile dirt.
LESLIE: Yeah, regular wear and tear.
BILL: I wondered if there’s some company that specializes in – or where I can find out how to clean the concrete floor first and then some – possibly some coating that would withstand the acid and normal battery – or normal automobile stains.
LESLIE: So this is a big project. Is this something you want to hire out or do you have a maintenance team in the building that would take care of this?
BILL: No, we would have to hire someone. But the first challenge is to find out – satisfy ourselves that it can be done.
TOM: Well, it absolutely can be done and you don’t have to have a professional do this. It’s really just a big painting project. And there are products that are used to clean the concrete first and then there are different products that are used to paint it.
BILL: Is there any problem in cleaning the spill – the battery acid?
TOM: No. All of the painting products are going to have a recommended prep procedure. And one of the ones that works very, very well is QUIKRETE.
They have an epoxy system, right, Leslie?
LESLIE: Right. They’ve got a two-part, epoxy, garage-floor coating system. A lot of people make them. I happen to really like the QUIKRETE because I like that they offer 40 different colors. I’ve never tackled a space larger than my own garage and the neighbor’s garage and this is a pretty massive space we’re talking about. But your first step is going to be a product that they have called BOND-LOK.
And that really etches and preps the surface. It cleans it, it prepares it so that the paint and epoxy coating system is going to adhere really well. So once you’ve done the BOND-LOK step, the floor is prepped, ready to go, let it dry, whatever the manufacturer’s directions say. Then you mix up this two-part epoxy floor coating and that goes on and it’s going to protect it against gasoline, oil, scuffs, normal wear and tear. There’s an additional coating that you can put on top that’s premium that will – probably because it’s a commercial space, you’ll want to go for.
But there are products out there. You don’t have to worry about what’s already on the floor as long as you do that cleaning step.
BILL: And so all I have to do is contact the QUIKRETE people.
TOM: That’s right. QUIKRETE 2-Part Epoxy is the best way to go.
BILL: I really appreciate your help and enjoy your program.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.