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I just look at a dealership service department. They wanted me to quote them on cleaning the concrete floors in the service area. I thinking I should use a hot water system, but want should I use for cleaning all the oil & grease, should I scrub or diamond cut? Please help
 

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Does the concrete have any sort of sealer on it, and if so what kind of shape is it in? That could make a difference.

If it's sealed, and the sealer is in good shape (I know, pipe dreams, but who knows - miracles do happen!), a simple scrub, tile-spinner, or pressure-wash with appropriate chems should do the trick.

If it's not sealed, or the sealer is broken down, the job gets trickier.
 

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Does the concrete have any sort of sealer on it, and if so what kind of shape is it in? That could make a difference.

If it's sealed, and the sealer is in good shape (I know, pipe dreams, but who knows - miracles do happen!), a simple scrub, tile-spinner, or pressure-wash with appropriate chems should do the trick.

If it's not sealed, or the sealer is broken down, the job gets trickier.
I don't think it is sealed, it's been many of years since the last company tried cleaning it. The floors are pretty dirty.
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I just used that kleen concrete cleaner(powdered) as a test at a mechanics shop with my pressure washer. Turned out really well. Might be able to help with the oil stains.

You collecting this water or do they have drainage?
 

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Figure I'll add a picture to show how it came out.

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There is 19000sqf of concrete they want cleaned
Looks like bare concrete. You can make it look a lot better but don’t promise them you can make it look like new.
 
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I've done them Scott. This is what I used
Pour full strength into hydra force set at 4 to 1. Let sit on concrete about 10 minutes important...get a cheap dolly kit for your spinner and highest heat and preasure you can run. After I did it a few times I ordered a steel brush for my rotor scubber. That really made things look fantastic. The zep purple works great though...it a huge amount of buytle. 37.00 for 5 gal at home depot.
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Like Todd said, don't promise to make it perfect. That floor, if unsealed, has been left to get seriously soiled for a very long time. You will certainly be able to improve it, but don't expect miracles.

Heavy butyl degreasers (like the Purple Power) will be quite useful. You may also add some d-limonene or other citrus-based terpenes to make it smell better (and they will help tremendously with the cleaning as well). Dwell time will help a lot also, just don't let anything dry on the surface before you work it.

MAKE SURE YOU WEAR RESPIRATORY PROTECTION.
Butyls can be nasty wicked things in high doses, and you're going to be working with a fairly large amount in this situation. Even at "end consumer" concentration, the volume of it you're going to have to decant may make it rather uncomfortable.
 
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Thanks Guys, I am taking in all this info and trying to make a game plan
 

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Not trying to beat a dead horse here, heh, but the Zep product shown above is less that 5% 2-bu, and less than 15% total active ingredients; the rest is plain old purple water. Try looking at some of the more professional concentrated concrete cleaners available in our industry, with active ingredients of 40% or more, and compare your actual cost to use them versus the Zep. You might surprise yourself.
 

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Not trying to beat a dead horse here, heh, but the Zep product shown above is less that 5% 2-bu, and less than 15% total active ingredients; the rest is plain old purple water. Try looking at some of the more professional concentrated concrete cleaners available in our industry, with active ingredients of 40% or more, and compare your actual cost to use them versus the Zep. You might surprise yourself.
I like a hillyard product quite a bit. It has in insane dilution ratio for 1 oz per gallon for light use up to 10 ounces per gallon for extreme use it already has de Lima mean added
Also there's some great powdered compounds that have even more bang for the buck.
Once again your voice of wisdom @Mama Fen: