A garage floor is not invincible like most people mistakenly assume. It can be extremely damaged if proper maintenance is not done on it. If you don’t give protection to the cement of your garage floor like applying a garage floor coating, do not be surprised if it accumulates many stains and forms a lot of cracks on the surface. The stains can come from several kinds of vehicle fluids like oil which are very difficult to clean up while the cracks and hollows can only be fixed by filling them with more cement or covering them.
One of the most effective ways to treat the floor of your garage is with an epoxy-based product. There are several types of paints that you can use on floors but they generally do not possess the needed protection from cracks even if they can make the floor look much livelier. On the other hand, epoxy provides a better and longer term solution for problems with cracks. If you want a successful application of epoxy on your garage floor, you have to remove all the dirt from the area and make sure that you thoroughly clean the floor by scrubbing it with detergent and water. You can use a very stiff broom so you can apply as much pressure as necessary to remove the stains from the floor. After you’re finished scrubbing, you have to check to see if there are any gasoline stains remaining and this is done by performing a test where you have to spray some water on the floor. If little water beads become visible, you should apply a good quality degreaser to the spots so that the area becomes free from all petroleum residue.
If your garage floor still has large amounts of stains and water beads are present on almost the entire floor area, you should apply a solution of water and muriatic acid. For a proper application of the acid mixture, you should carefully follow the diretions. After this, clean the surface again by washing it. Acid mixtures are hazardous to the health of animals like your pets so you should not spray too much of the mixture around if you do not want to deal with its detrimental effects.
Once you are done with cleaning and preparing the floor, you should let it sit the whole night and, if you have a heating system, use it to remove as much moisture as possible. Once the waiting period is over, you can proceed with the application of the epoxy and if everything is correctly done, the epoxy floor coating should tightly adhere to the concrete surface. Do not forget to add handfuls of anti-slip materials like paint chips or sand before the coating has completely cured, this will give good traction even if the floor is wet. Epoxy becomes very slick once it is cured completely so this is needed.