Cleaning and Maintaining an Interlocking Garage Floor Tile

Cleaning and Maintaining an Interlocking Garage Floor Tile

Interlocking tiles can give your garage the feel and look of a racetrack and because they are interlocking, they are very easy to install, clean and maintain. They are perfect for any garage as they can help to keep the original concrete in a pristine condition while also providing you with that classy look you want. But how do you clean an interlocking tile specifically?

Cleaning and maintaining interlocking tile flooring should be simple and easy as they allow dirt, debris, and fluids to flow through the tiles.

Regular Maintenance Points

When you wish to clean your floor begin by clearing out any large debris such as leaves, sand, and grit by using a yard blower or shop vac. A good sweep or vacuum will generally give the interlocking tiles the new look you are trying to achieve.

If you are not digging the wet footprints the recent rain has left you with or you want to get rid of the black scuff marks your car has produced on the garage floor you can use a light degreaser to work the cleaning solution over the tiles with a damp mop. You can also use a floor buffer for this.

Dirt that falls through the tiles perforations can also be easily removed by simply running over the tiles with the shop vac as needed. Interlocking tiles such as those from Racedeck and Armorpoxy features a quarter-inch channeling system designed into the underside of the tile. This also allows dirt to be removed with the high-pressure hose or power washer. Slightly lift the front edges of the floor up and wash out the tiles from back to front.

If a spill occurs or you need to access the floor underneath, any individual tile or section of tiles can be easily removed from the floor. First, you will need to locate the correct corner to lift; this will be the corner where the two pegged sides of the tile meet. Use a paint can opener or flat-head screwdriver to pry up the corner. Unsnap the tiles by pressing down on the looped sides and lifting on the pegs sides. To put the tiles back into place, realign your looped and pegged connectors and interlock by firmly pressing the tiles back together.

General Maintenance Points

If desired you can apply floor finish to the interlocking flooring. You can do this by applying 2 to 3 coats of high-quality commercial, acrylic floor finish with a clean finish mop. An acrylic coating can protect the tiles from tire stains while also giving it a glossy finish. Avoid welding or dragging sharp objects on the tiles to avoid damaging it.

Spillages from oils and liquids should be mopped up as soon as possible because they can work their way underneath the tiles and prolonged exposure can damage the tiles. Also, exposure to turpentine, thinners, paraffin, and methylated spirit will have a chemical reaction to the interlocking tiles.

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your interlocking floor tiles can help to ensure your garage floor stays clean and they last for a long time.