Garage floors are one of the more unfortunate parts of garages along with garage roofs and garage doors. Why? They get stepped on. They get greased on. They get dumped on hard. Abused, misused and often mistreated, garage floors depreciate faster than monetary units in third world countries on a bad day. Therefore, if we want to, we can get our garage floor coating making it unsightly, comfortable and secure.
How can a garage homeowner reform himself and start paying heed to a battered garage floor screaming for immediate attention?
Do your homework. Gather the materials as well as the protective gears and proper tools and equipment you will need for the garage floor renovation. You will need several materials such as rubber gloves, working goggles, brush, paint tray, medium-sized paint roller, extension handle for paint rollers, concrete degreaser, concrete sealer, and an electric fan.
Vehicle fluids, oils and grease prevent the sealer from sticking and remaining onto the concrete floor surface. Prepare your garage floor before coating by cleaning and scrubbing the concrete and ridding it of any long-standing dirt, grease and oil. Use a scrub sponge or brush and a degreaser solution. For stains and greases that are harder to remove, allow the degreaser solution to soak thoroughly onto the stain for 20-30 minutes or as recommended by the degreaser solution you are using. After soaking with the degreaser, hose down the floor with clean water.
Allow the concrete floor garage to dry. Once your concrete is dry, you may proceed with the coating. It is important to read the coating instructions of the garage floor coating. Test a small floor area of your garage with a flat paintbrush first before applying to the whole garage floor. This way, you will be able to test and achieve the desired result.
Once you have the result you want based on your test coating, you may proceed with coating the entire garage floor, section by section using your medium size paint roller and paint tray. Do not forget to wear the proper safety and protective gear the entire time you are coating. Also, open the garage door or turn on an electric fan while coating your floor to air out the toxic vapors from both the degreaser and garage floor coating. These may be harmful to the lungs when inhaled.