FOLLOW ALONG WITH WHAT I GOT GOING ON
Late-January winter Swisstrax clean
Because my home has a north-facing front, the driveway gets no sun. Ever. That means the driveway ices up pretty quick if I try to clean my floor with my pressure washer. But, when the weather throws me a bone, like it did today, I feel guilty if I don't take advantage and perform a complete clean of the garage floor and driveway. Here's a little look at how I deal with the floor in the winter.
The first step is to disconnect the middle portion (slate grey colour) of the floor. Since I have one car, and I park in the center of the garage, filth only accumulates in the middle of the garage. I unfasten the connectors with a paint lid removal tool and drag it out to the driveway in two equal sections. I use my pressure washer to wash the debris that has accumulated under the floor to the front of the garage, but not quite onto the driveway. Once I have the bulk of the muck at the apron, I use a squeegee to push it into a pile. The thick mud and rocks then get sucked up in my Shop-Vac. I rinse any leftover dirt and residue into the gap between the slab and the driveway and do a final sweep of the concrete floor with my pressure washer and squeegee it dry.
With the two panels of Swisstrax tiles on the driveway, I use a jerry can and squeegee to create a raised ridge and clean each tile with the pressure washer. Doing it this way ensures the dirt ends up on the driveway and not on the underside of the tiles or garage floor. Working one row at a time, I pull the muck-free panels back into their original positions for reconnection.
I am finding the new colour of the center tiles isn't as forgiving as the old colour I had in there. At certain angles, I saw a few spots where small amounts of dirt were still present in the ridges. I went over the floor with a mop to finish things off and I am happy with the result. For the black oak solid tiles, I just use a microfibre mop. So, that's the process. Feel free to fire me any questions you may have about caring for a Swisstrax tile floor in the winter.
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