Soften that hard garage floor!


September 20, 2017 by

Lying on a concrete floor for hours when working on your car can leave you dirty and sore for days. Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to remain clean and comfortable.

Working under a car is never easy. The floor of a garage is usually grimy and the cement is hard. If your car is low to the ground, there is not a lot of room for a mechanic’s creeper to lie and roll around on.

For years, I’ve tried lying on pieces of cardboard and old carpeting. These work okay, but soon get dirty and soaked with fluids. The rugs are impossible to clean and you don’t always have a box big enough to lie on.

Yoga mats provide the perfect solution!

  • They’re soft – No more sore head and shoulder blades!
  • They’re thin – I can get under my Z4 with minimal need for lifting it!
  • They’re easily cleaned, so you stay clean – Most spills wipe right up. If it gets really messy, the mat washes easily with dish or laundry soap. No more stinky/soggy carpeting or cardboard!
  • They roll up for compact storage – Yoga mats take up no space! Rugs never stay rolled and cardboard doesn’t stay folded.
  • And best of all… they’re cheap – Lots under $20, some under $10.

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I got my mat in black so it would look cleaner longer. Also chose a mat that said CALM on it. (Sometimes I need to be reminded to remain calm when working on the car.)

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Making yourself more comfortable when working on a car helps you retain your focus and reduces frustration. Working on your car can become more than just a repair or maintenance task – it can alter how you perceive the world.

You can read more about automotive (or motorcycle) maintenance as applied to a philosophy of life in Click here to order Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. It’s a really interesting book.

While you can roll up a yoga mat and kneel on it, I’ve found a small, thicker kneeling pad much more convenient.

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Knee pads can also help.

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Give yoga mats and knee cushions a try when working in the garage. You’re body will thank you!

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