How to Clean Concrete Floors in 3 Easy Steps!

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how to clean concrete floorsConcrete is a composite mixture made of gravel and rock bonded to water to create one of the toughest materials around.

In addition to the classic uses of concrete, it has recently become a modern day staple as a flooring material on the inside of households as well.

Although it is generally stain resistant, concrete can become marked with stains from oil, tar, and other vehicle fluids.

However, unlike some flooring materials,  concrete is a porous material that can absorb fluids leaving a dirty appearance.   By performing some regular maintenance, concrete is one of the most long-lasting materials that can go decades without replacement.

You don’t need fancy cleaning materials.

You don’t need expensive power washing rentals.

Cleaning concrete doesn’t have to be a difficult or overwhelming undertaking. Simply gather the following materials together, and you will be able to have clean, new looking concrete flooring in no time.

The following materials will be needed for the best way to clean concrete floors:

  • Broom (or vacuum)
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Laundry bleach or detergent
  • Cornstarch
  • Degreaser
  • Bleach or hydrogen peroxide

The Cleaning Process

cleaning process for concrete floorsYou’re only a few steps away from clean concrete. Here’s what to do:

  • Step one – Clean the floor: Remove all furniture, rugs, and any other materials that are on the floor. A clear floor will open up the floor space entirely and allow you to have an even cleaning space.

Alternative: If you want to clean the floor in a faster and more time efficient manner, a high-powered vacuum will go a long way in clearing dust and excess particles from the floor.  A vacuum can be used for cleaning other types of flooring besides simply carpet.

  • Step two – Perform a spot clean: Scrub the floor with hot, soapy water to remove stains and other problem areas. Mild soap diluted with water will be adequate for cleaning the floor.  Take a brush and begin scrubbing the floor until the floor is lathered up in entirety.  Next, clean the suds up with a towel or rag and rinse it down with clean water.

For mildew removal, combine one ounce of laundry detergent to one quart of bleach and three quarts of water.  Use the same type of cleaning method by using a soft brush and then rinse with clean water.

To remove grease stains from the floor put cornstarch on the problem areas and let it sit for three days.  After sitting, use a vacuum to dispose of the excess material.

  • Step three: Cleaning concrete with a power washer is the easiest way to clean outdoors. A power washer can remove all excess dirt and mildew in a fast and efficient manner. Next, take detergent and use a stiff scrubbing brush to clean the surface of the concrete.  Move the power washer from side to side in a single motion gradually cleaning the surface.

For interior concrete floors, you can create a natural solution that will be able to remove all stains that may be lurking on the ground.  To do this, combine flour and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste-like consistency.  Once the paste is formed, spread it over the stained areas and let it stand overnight.  Next, scrape off the excess paste.

Caring for Your Concrete

applying concrete sealantIndoor concrete floors require more care and finesse to prevent damage, especially to areas that are polished or finished.  However, if a mild cleaner and bucket approach doesn’t work, there are alternative cleaners that can be used including liquid dish detergent, stone cleaners, and mild floor cleaners. Any of these solutions can be applied with a simple wet mop that is rinsed in clean water.

At this point, concrete may be susceptible to future stains, and a concrete sealant may be required.  A paint roller can be used to apply concrete sealant to primed concrete.  Start applying the sealant to the middle of the floor and roll out to the edges.  To maintain a protected concrete floor, reseal the flooring every two to three years.

Concrete flooring doesn’t have to be limited to the garage or driveway.  In today’s modern day and age,  concrete is a viable material that can be used for inside household flooring.   Keeping concrete clean and looking fresh doesn’t have to be difficult any longer.  Simply follow the steps we have provided for you today, and you will be on your way to a clean and refreshed looking flooring.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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