Hold on, partner! Don't saddle up your pressure washer and ride off into the sunset just yet.
Every spring, homeowners stake their claim to a clean garage floor. However, a summer-long onslaught of spider webs, oil stains and dried leaves can turn any little house on the prairie into a bug-infested bonanza.
The fall is a great time to declare a high-noon gunfight in your garage.
Take a good look at the vile filth on your floor. If you don't wash it away now, you'll be living with it until spring.
You don't need any "stinkin' badges" to win this shoot out. But, some good advice always helps.
A Western With a Warning
Sure, safety tips aren't very macho, but they can save you from a premature trip to Boot Hill.
Be extremely careful using a gas-powered pressure washer near a garage. They emit odorless and deadly carbon monoxide gas. Make sure you always place the pressure washer outside of the garage in a well-ventilated area.
The Magic Elixir
After you've moved your stuff off the floor, your natural reaction may be to start sweeping it with a broom. Don't! You can skip this step if you manage things correctly.
Spray the floor with either a heavy-duty degreaser or a concrete cleaner first. By applying the soap and water combination under low pressure, you'll prevent the dust from flying into the air when rinsing under high pressure.
Don't be in a hurry to rinse. Give the solution time to work. You can sweep the larger particles outside by simply attaching a floor brush to your pressure washer wand.
In addition to removing the bigger particles, the foaming bristles also work the detergent into the deeper stains.
Now comes the fun part. Switch to high pressure and start spraying. Start from the back of the garage and gradually push the dirty water outside.
You don't have to flood your garage to get it clean. Pressure washers use 80% less water than a garden hose. The high pressure will force the majority of the water outside.
If you want to keep the water from splashing on your drywall, consider getting Karcher's surface cleaner. The revolutionary product uses water pressure to actually hover over your garage floor, giving it a uniform shine.
If you want your floor to be squeaky clean, Use a squeegee to remove the remaining water.