Of course, it's so nice to have a beautiful garage door and a squeaky clean and organized garage, but what about those nasty oil and grease stains you get on your concrete floors? They're inevitable and so frustrating! The key is to draw the stain out, as opposed to cleaning it off the surface. But how? Find out how to remove concrete stains below!
First, you need to mix the solution to draw the stain out. Pour 1 oz. of trisodium phosphate (or TSP substitute) and a cup of water into a small bucket. Mix the TSP, water, and absorbent material (see note below) to make a paste.
Note: When choosing an absorbent material, you have several options. For smaller stains, use either talcum powered or baby powder. For larger stains, you'll need something bulkier, such as diatomaceous earth (a filtering agent for swimming pools).
Next, you want to cover the entire stain with the solution. Spread approximately 1/2 in thick layer of the paste over the stain. Leave the paste on to dry for at least 24 hours.
After leaving the paste to dry, scrape and brush off the residue and dump it in your trash.
Now scrub the area with water using a nylon brush. Rinse off with a hose or bucket of water.
Repeat! Compare the freshly cleaned area with the surrounding concrete. If the stain does not seem fully removed, repeat the process. Keep in mind that old stains may require two or three applications for complete removal…patience is key!
After you remove the concrete stain, you may want to paint your garage floors. Well, you're in luck! We've got a blog telling you how. To keep up with all our latest blog posts, like our page on Facebook!