Clean the Space(3 of 4)
- Clean the cement floor when the temperature is between 50 and 75 degrees, and when the area isn't in direct sun. Use a sweeping compound, available at hardware and home improvement stores, when you groom out the garage; the compound contains a small amount of oil that sticks to dust.
- Add TSP (trisodium phosphate) or a degreasing cleaner to a bucket of hot water and clean the floor using an old mop, or scrub with a broom. Rinse thoroughly.
- If there are oil stains on the floor, apply a laundry pre-spotter to the stain and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with laundry detergent and scrub with a stiff broom or brush. Wipe up residue with paper towels. Or, make a paste of hot water and automatic dishwashing detergent, scrub into the spot, then let it soak overnight, if possible. Rinse and let dry.
Tip: Nail carpet samples to the garage wall at the point where the car door opens; this will help keep car doors from hitting the wall.