Concrete holds up well under the heavy weight of vehicles and also endures very harsh weather conditions. For this reason, it is currently the most popular flooring option for garages all over the country due to its durability and strength.
However, even the most robust materials are not immune to wear and tear, and your concrete garage floor is not an exception. Hence, if constant foot traffic and tread marks have taken a toll on your garage floor, it is high time to give your floors a facelift. Keep reading this article to find out how to restore a tired garage floor to make it look new again.
5 Steps to Restore a Tired Garage Floor
- Deep clean your garage floor
Oil stains from your car and dirt from the tire wheels can make an otherwise decent garage floor look tired. Fortunately, with the help of some common cleaning agents, you can get rid of all the grime and create a clean, blank canvas to work with.
After dealing with stubborn spots on the floor, use a biodegradable detergent in a pressure washer to remove dirt from the entire floor surface.
- Locate any pits and chisel away loose debris
Once your garage floor is squeaky clean, use the tip of a pencil to locate any craters, holes, and pits. Circle any depressions on the floor and ensure you don’t leave any gaps unmarked.
The next important step is to use a chisel to remove any loose fragments along the cracks in the garage floor. There is no need to have areas with loose debris when you can remove it and sweep it off.
- Fill in the cracks
Mix up a small amount of resurfacer, enough to fill in the holes you circled in the previous step. Use a spatula to scoop up the resurfacer onto the garage floor and smooth it out using the flat base of a concrete edger. Ensure that you remove the excess product so that the repaired section will be flush with the rest of the floor.
- Mix the resurfacer and spread it on the floor
The next step in restoring a tired garage floor is to mark where the garage door rests with a weatherstrip to prevent the resurfacer from flowing down the driveway. Keep in mind the resurfacer dries very quickly, especially in hot weather. Therefore, you will need someone to help you mix the product while you spread it onto the clean floor.
If you would like to consider garage floor refinishing in the future, you need to ensure you mix and apply your resurfacer in an even coat to get the best results.
- Use a concrete grinder to polish the floor
Let your concrete floor cure for at least 24 hours before you drive or step on it. If you live in a place that often experiences hot weather, it would be best to mist the floor surface. You will likely end up with multiple ridges and shallow craters when your floor is fully cured.
Grind down these imperfections with a concrete grinder, and you will soon achieve a smooth surface. You could then add a finishing touch with epoxy flooring, and your garage floor will be good to go.
A tired floor can take away from your garage’s appearance. The vulnerabilities in your floor could also compromise the structural integrity of the slab underneath your garage. Therefore, if you notice your garage floor looks shabby, we hope this article has shown you how to come to the rescue. Use the above tips to restore your garage floor and make it look new again.
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