How to Remove Tire Marks in the Garage

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When you pull into or leave your garage quickly, you risk leaving skid marks or tire marks on the floor of your garage. For some people, this isn't an issue because their cars cover the marks most of the time. Someone else, however, might find it a hassle because the garage is more than just storage or because it needs to stay clean for potential buyers. It's easy to remove tire marks in the garage, provided you know what to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Degreaser
  • Pressure washer
  • Concrete sealer
  • Run a broom across the floor of your garage, pushing down slightly to use the broom as an abrasive tool. The bristles of the broom will pull up some of the tire marks and helps get rid of any excess rubber left on the ground.

  • Cover the tire marks with multipurpose cleaner and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Anything you have on hand will work, as long as it's formulated to work on different surfaces and stains.

  • Coat the floor with a degreaser. Degreasers were designed to cut through grease quickly and these products also work on tire marks. It's particularly helpful if you use one that has a natural acid, such as citric acid, which cuts through grease faster.

  • Remove the degreaser from your floors by using a pressure washer. A pressure washer forces water out faster than it would come out by hose. This force can remove all traces of the degreaser and the tire marks. Hold the washer wand so that the water spray is around 1 to 2 inches wide.

  • Seal the surface of your floor by using a concrete sealer once the area is completely dry. The concrete sealer protects the surface of your floor against future damage, including tire marks. The next time you see spots, you can rub them off with a little soap and water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try rubbing the tire marks with a damp paper towel if you think the floors are sealed. If it is sealed, the scuff marks should start to come out.
  • Be careful when using the pressure washer, as the water can actually cause damage to the floors. If it is set too high, or the water comes out too fast, it can scuff or dent the floor.

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