The garage is a safe place for your car during winter. Your vehicle is protected from ice and snow, preventing your radiator from freezing. However, after a few weeks or months, you’ll notice the floor is already stained. Ice melting from your tires likely has road salts, which is a common problem in many garage floors.
What Are Road Salts?
Road crews use de-icing materials like liquid magnesium and calcium chloride, also known as road salt, every time it snows. Applying these products melts the ice and snow to prevent the roads from refreezing. However, they end up attaching to the tires and the underside of motor vehicles where they eventually get deposited onto garage floors.
Once settled on the floor surface, the road salts create a liquid brine that seeps into the bare concrete’s pores. A continuous drop in temperature refreezes the water and expands. Pitting and spalling occurs when the growing ice crystals blast the concrete apart.
How to Prevent Road Salt Damage
Residential garage floors must be protected against the harsh elements, including those that result in winter damage. By acting quickly on road salt stains, you help minimize the damage to the floor surface. To ensure total stain removal, move your vehicle and objects that could hide them from view.
Cleaning road salt stains is simple and straightforward. Spray them with water and let it sit on the floor to dissolve the salt. Then, scrub using a stiff-bristled brush to dislodge salt and debris from the cracks. This procedure can take several minutes. Rinse with the hose to remove the salt away. For stronger stains, mix a tablespoon of detergent and a cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.
Once you are done cleaning, you can protect your garage floor even further. For this, you can rely on Guardian Garage Floors for durable, one day garage floors protected by our high-quality polyaspartic floor coating system. Our team of professionals can transform your garage in as little as 24 hours! Once installed, you can enjoy its numerous benefits, including stain resistance.
Call us today at (678) 831-9972 (for TN residents) or (602) 932-2601 (for GA residents). You may also fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve residents of Marrieta, GA, and surrounding areas.