Our Guide to Cleaning a Spill on a Concrete Floor

In a busy industrial setting, it’s almost near impossible not to experience a spillage of some sort from time to time. Although this is a fairly common occurrence, it’s important to know how to clean them effectively to keep your concrete floor in top condition.

Keeping on top of spills is the best way to remove them, and the sooner you attempt to clean them, the less chance it will have of staining your concrete flooring. Although it’s an incredibly durable flooring material, any spill on it can cause staining.

Here are our tips for cleaning up those spills to keep your concrete floor free of substance stains.

Oil or Grease Stains

Concrete is an absorbent material, meaning that you will need to act fast if there’s any spillage of substances on its surface. Oil or grease will be absorbed quite quickly by the material, so you will need to draw all the moisture back out.

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To do this, we’d recommend using powdered dishwasher detergent or crushed up cat litter which you would scatter over the area to be treated. If left for over 10 minutes, you should start to notice some of the spill lifting into the powder. To help lift the spill even more, grab a stiff bristled brush and scrub the area, rubbing the detergent or cat litter powder deeper into the floor.

The powder acts as an absorbent, breaking down the oil or grease and soaking it up itself and removing it from the concrete.

Once the powder has been brushed away, you should see that the stain has lifted. Multiple applications may be needed depending on the size of the spill.

Paint Spillage

You may think that it’s the end of the world for your flooring if you spill paint on it, but paint is one of the easier spills to rectify, but only if you know how.

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For paint spills we would recommend using a paint stripper solution, but before you run out and buy the first paint stripping product you see, make sure that you know what kind of paint has been spilt. You will need to choose the stripper which is specifically designed to remove the type of paint that is on your floor.

Once you’ve found out what type of paint is on your concrete floor and located the relevant paint stripper, pour the solution over the area which needs to be treated and leave for the required about of time set out by the manufacturer; this can be from a few minutes to a few hours.

Scrub the area with a wire brush to remove the lifted paint and blast the area with a powerwasher to get a deeper clean.

Spillage on your concrete flooring doesn’t have to mean the end for your floor. In fact, it’s relatively easy to clean up most spillages and keep your floor looking clean and tidy, no matter what industrial environment you are in.

As experts in industrial flooring and floor joint repair, we’re advocates of helping you keep your flooring clean and usable for the longest time possible. If you’d like more information on how we can help you with your industrial flooring needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling our team on 01226 382864 today.


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