How Can I Clean My Garage Floor in Winter?

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Cleaning the garage floor can be an easy task of you know what to do. Options are more limited in the winter, as hosing off the garage floor can cause freezing that could be problematic. However, there are still a few easy ways to clean garage floors and keep them looking excellent year-round, by using a few inexpensive ingredients that are most likely already in the home.

Vacuum

  • The easiest way to clean a garage floor in the winter is to simply run the vacuum. Keep an old vacuum in the garage, and when dirt and debris need cleaning up, simply run the vacuum over the floor to collect salt chunks, dirt and debris that accumulates in the garage. Alternately, use a broom and dustpan to collect as much of the large pieces as possible before vacuuming.

Dish Detergent

  • After sweeping or vacuuming, mop the floor with a solution of 1 gallon of hot water and 20 drops of liquid dish detergent. Dip a mop in this solution, and wring it out to remove any excess water--too much water can cause freezing. Mop this solution over the floor to remove any set-in dirt or grime, and the dish detergent will work as a mild cleaning agent that will effectively clean without damaging the cement floor surface. Follow up with a dry cloth or mop to collect any leftover moisture that could cause freezing in cold temperatures.

Laundry Detergent

  • Laundry detergent also works well to clean garage floor surfaces during winter months. In a bucket, mix a solution of 1 gallon of hot water and 1 scoop of powdered laundry detergent. Dip the mop in the solution, wring out excess water, mop the floor, then follow up with a dry cloth or mop to collect any excess moisture that could cause freezing. This mild solution will clean without damaging the floor surface and also leave a fresh scent behind.

Vinegar

  • Vinegar works to clean, disinfect and deodorize, making it the perfect floor cleaning solution. In a bucket, mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Dip the mop in the solution, wring out excess water, then mop the floor with this solution. Vinegar has an anti-freezing quality that will prevent the solution from freezing in cold temperatures, so you have the option to either let the garage floor air-dry, or wipe with a dry cloth or mop to collect leftover moisture. The vinegar will clean and kill bacteria, leaving your garage floor clean throughout the winter.

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