The scuff on your tire needs to be cleaned up because you haven’t had time to do it. Tire marks on concrete make you wonder how to remove them from concrete. Trying to wash it off and not seeing any results isn’t as obvious as you might think, but you may have already noticed that if you have already tried. Luckily, we’ve put together this guide to show you how to get rid of tire marks on concrete.
Start by Gathering the Following Items:
Here’s our guide to removing tire marks from concrete and making your driveway or garage look pristine again.
Step 1. Make Sure The Concrete Floor is Debris-Free
The items in your garage or driveway should be cleared off your floor. Anything that might get damaged or wet should be covered up. Be sure to cover any delicate plants in the surrounding area to ensure they are protected.
Step 2. Let The Degreaser Sit on The Tire Marks for a few Minutes
Pour some concrete degreaser, like CSP Degreaser, onto the scuffs and let it set for about 30 minutes, without letting it dry. It is important not to let the degreaser dry, so keep adding more as necessary to keep it saturated. For warmer months, try to do your work during the cooler part of the day and with less sunlight so that it does not dry out as quickly.
Step 3. Use a Straw Brush to Scrub the Area
Some people say that they only need to pour on the CSP and let it sit for a few minutes, and it will power wash right off, but we find that scrubbing it with a straw brush usually gets it up better. Scrub the area with our high-quality Straw Concrete Scrub Brush to move the degreaser as it soaks in, and then scrub it again after 30 minutes. With the black aggressive scrubbing/stripping pad, you can also use a floor scrubber or floor buffing machine.
Step 4. Apply Some More Degreaser and Continue Scrubbing
After a few minutes, apply some more degreaser and scrub some more. It is usually not necessary to scrub too hard at this point, but it is a good idea to apply some more and give it one more scrub.
Step 5. Power Wash It Off
Power washers and sprayers can be used to wash off degreaser. Mopping can be used to remove the water if you are indoors.
Things to keep in mind
Using the CSP tire cleaner/degreaser is easy. Particularly in garages, homeowner driveways, etc. However, if the CSP degreaser isn’t strong enough for intense and massive tire marks such as those on a commercial driveway or parking lot, you may need to use a harsh chemical such as Xylene.
Moreover, the CSP degreaser will also remove concrete sealers. While it’s great for cleaning and preparing concrete, you shouldn’t use it on sealed concrete unless you plan to strip off the sealer for re-sealing. Be aware that you should only use the CSP degreaser sparingly on sealed concrete and be aware that the sealer must be stripped slowly.
Considering resealing? Make sure you check out our guide on sealing concrete and our Clear Shield water based sealer to get a long-lasting finish on your newly cleaned concrete floor.