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    Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    My shop has a concrete floor that unfortunately, after many different projects, has residual memories from each of these projects (stain, poly, paint, etc.). While I am doubtful that I can eliminate all of these memories, does anyone have any suggestions regarding a particular product that would be helpful?

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    sawdust........
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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Muriatic (hydrochloric) acid might work . . . . pretty cheap, available at wal mart.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    You could always paint over it with epoxy paint. It's not tremendously difficult, just heed well the minimum temperature listed on the can (my brother-in-law who will screw up any project he can, managed to make a royal mess of the garage putting it down too cold).
    No job is worth doing unless you can get a new tool out of it.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Kitty litter and a plain old brick works nicely for small areas. The brick acts like a hand held sanding block to create some abrasive action in a circular motion. A larger area might need a rented floor sander to replace the brick. The used litter does double duty as a soil additive in yard beds.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    "While I am doubtful that I can eliminate all of these memories".
    Thank you, Donn. I had quite forgotten the excuse reason I never clean mine.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    I think eliminating everything is going to be a tough job. I like Ron's idea of covering it with epoxy paint. Note that you'll still need to do a lot of work to clean everything, grind down any ridges etc. Alternatively, cover it up with OVRX flooring.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    I have no real "concrete" suggestions however I will offer my solution. When the contractor who poured my floor finished it he spent hours power troweling it so being the obsessive person I am for the first few months I tried to keep it pristine. Reality finally set in and now I just scrape away any big globs and accept the stains as marks of having a well used shop. At my age I have learned to not sweat the small stuff and ask myself "Is this labor REALLY needed ?" More often than not aesthetics lose out to time actually attempting to make stuff.
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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Epoxy paint would be a good choice, but be sure and clean it with muratic acid before applying, or it want hold up.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Just be careful you're not re-arranging the dirt when cleaning..........


    A shop vac and pwd "Tide" has been a go-to method for a loooong time.You wet floor....sprinkle Tide....scrub....suck it up with vac.

    Next level involves Muriatic acid.........It is extremely potent.It "can" do damage to:your equip,your lungs,and your concrete.But it is a viable product.

    After those either work or....not.Then its time for mechanical efforts.Concrete planers/grinders.


    But in all these methods....its imperative,that you remove the funk.Don't just loosen it up and then re-arrange or re-distribute it.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Per Fred P; sawdust,more sawdust,some small woodchips,mo sawdust spread evenly with proper hardwood stick

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    It's a shop, get over it and move on. It's called 'patina'

    If you go the muriatic route (I wouldn't recommend that) be aware the fumes that you can't even tell are there will cause metal to rust after a few months/years. BTDT.

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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveD View Post
    It's a shop, get over it and move on. It's called 'patina'

    If you go the muriatic route (I wouldn't recommend that) be aware the fumes that you can't even tell are there will cause metal to rust after a few months/years. BTDT.
    +1. Also, muriatic acid will definitely require a RESPIRATOR to apply. I'm not talking about the little disposable masks but a true respirator that states its qualifications. That, and LOTS of ventilation and rinsing. It can be neutralized with ammonia, but that's almost as bad.
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    Re: Shop Floor: Cleaning Question

    Thanks to all for your suggestions. While I believe all of the various suggestions are viable options, I believe that those of you suggesting that I "..get over it.." are on target. As of this writing, I vow not to notice the spots on the floor, but should I inadvertently notice a past memory starring me in the face, I will be grateful that I have a floor on which I can spill, splash, drip, and/or drop memories.

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