The concrete slab in my garage is not very inspiring. It is clean but it
looks kind of raunchy what with color splotches in the concrete and
effervescence over the years.
I cannot use paint or epoxy because the humidity, as evidenced by the
effervescence, would just lift it.
What other alternatives are there? Can I use ceramic tile and will it stick
or break? Linoleum? Rubber matting? Some space age material?
Thanks for any ideas.
I use a thin layer of Oil-Dri on mine.
When I sweep that up with a push broom after a few weeks of walking on
it, the color is a consistent Oil-Dri dusty.
I really like it.
You can spit on it and the spit almost disappears.
You can use an epoxy on your floor. Two part epoxies usually recommend
a muriatic acid wash which will take care of the effluorescence. Then
it should be thoroughly washed and allowed to dry. The effluorescence
is due to mineral salts dissolved out of the concrete (maybe an old
lime additive) and the water dissolving them is from lack of a
membrane under the slab. The epoxy, however bonds so tenaciously to
the concrete that in many cases, effluorescence is halted. Your only
serious prep problem is getting the cleaned floor bone dry. A nice hot
July day and brisk ventilating should do the trick. Good luck.
Garage floors arent meant to be pristine things of beauty, neither are
garbage dumpsters, trash bins etc.
one can spend endless money chasing perfection and getting no where:(
but heres a link to a variety of solutions!
On 6/4/2011 2:38 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Around here, a lot of people with older houses use carpet. I'm not
kidding. Either the old living room carpet when they upgrade, or an
indoor/outdoor remnant. Usually just in the middle, though, with a strip
of concrete showing around the perimeter.
The effects of oil/coolant leaks, hot tires, and salty snowmelt on
carpet, are left as an exercise for the reader. But hey, if the carpet
was free, and they get a year out of it?
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