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What are some tips for cleaning garage floors?

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To clean a garage floor, begin by removing debris from the surface with a scraper or shovel, scrub the floor with a degreasing cleaner and a brush, remove excess solution with a wet-dry vacuum, scrub the floor with a muriatic acid solution and a brush, and rinse the floor thoroughly with a hose. Multiple applications of the muriatic solution may be necessary to completely clean the floor. After it dries, the floor should be white and rough as sandpaper.

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The muriatic acid solution consists of 12 ounces of acid dissolved in 1 gallon of water. Scrub an approximately 10-foot by 10-foot area thoroughly for about five to 10 minutes before moving to a new section of floor. When working with muriatic acid, wear rubber gloves, rubber boots, protective eyewear and a respirator, and keep the area well ventilated.

To remove oil and grease stains from a garage floor, cover the area with cat litter or sawdust and let it sit for at least a day. Sweep away the material, cover the spot with dry dishwasher detergent and let it sit for about 45 minutes. Pour boiling water on the area and scrub with a stiff-bristled brush or broom. Rinse the area thoroughly with a hose.

To remove rust stains from a cement surface, dissolve 1 ounce of trisodium phosphate in 1 gallon of hot water. Pour the solution onto the spot and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the area thoroughly with a hose.

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