An unfinished basement floor has great efficacy due to its wide variety of usage. It can serve as a storage for any kind of seasonal or spare stuff and toys, you can convert it into your parking lot, make it your workshop, install the boiler, heating and cooling system and so on.
Concrete basement floors are home to mold, mildew, and all other types of creepy grunge and if these are unfinished yet, the chances of accumulation of dirt are increased.Cleaning these unfinished floors isn’t a piece of cake because it becomes the most neglecting part of the house and a large amount of dirt can easily find numerous cracks and crutches.
Cleaning the basement floor, on the other hand, doesn’t require any specialty however you’ll have to grease your elbows along with snatching sufficient amount of time to deal with jagged and uneven curves, peaks and crevices which potentially or tangibly trap a great deal of dirt.
Another source of making your unfinished basement floor barren, dreary, and ill-smelling is the moisture that creeps through the seams no matter how much you’ve worked out on waterproofing and quarantining the plumbing system and floor drains. No matter how dreadful your basement floor looks, it’s time to grid up your lions and by following our instructions, you can transform your basement into a fresh, clean and nice smelling zone.
Step 1: Remove the Clutter
How can you clean the basement floor if a huge mess is scattered all around? You have been throwing all types of bits and bobs throughout the time in your basement floor and it’s time to clear all that clutter to make the cleaning process simpler and less traumatic.
First thing first, make three sections of the luggage laid there. Put the items into the first section which you need to keep, the other section for the items you should donate someone or even you can sell them out, and things which are no longer useful and inconveniently taking up your space should go into a trash bin. Once, you’ve cleared all the space, every nook and cranny is exposed in front of you and you can easily grab all the scum.
Step 2: Dry Clean the Area
You could be in a lot of trouble if you’ll start washing your basement floor without dry cleaning in advance. Sweep the whole area with a broom, cleaning brush, or a vacuum cleaner whatever is convenient and available and collect maximum debris.
After the first section of normal cleaning, repeat the process by using different vacuum cleaner attachment to fetch tiny dirt particles with the hoses and upholstery. Don’t forget to wear the mask and opening the ventilation to protect you from the circling around dust.
Ensure the dusting and thorough cleaning of the extracted luggage which is going to be restored in your basement floor after sanitation.
Step 3: Proceed with the Wet Cleaning
The dirt seated between the cracks will not go away until you wash out space but it can’t be done with bare water unless you prep up some cleaning solution to grab the remaining glitch and what’s better than using detergent. Take warm water in a bucket and add detergent whatever you are using at your home and a little bit of ammonia. A stiff nylon brush should be your weapon to drag out the sticky dirt, greasy and oily elements, and any other hidden grunge.Avoid using metallic brush on the surface as it would cast a severe impact on the top paste layer of the cement and the concrete will get rusty and start decomposing.
If you still find some sticky substance around there, you can give an extra shot to the cleaning process by adding trisodium phosphate (TSP) or any other alkaline degreaser in the solution and it’ll grab the remnants from the seams and cracks you missed before. You can easily find trisodium phosphate from any of the nearby hardware store. Once you are done with the process, remove the excess water with the help of a shop vacuum. Run the overhead fan and open your windows and ventilation to let the space dry.
Step 4: Get Rid of Stinky Odor
With the above method, your space would become neat and sparkling but still, there’s something you can’t live with and that is the irksome musty odor. The basements, especially the unfinished ones have great attraction to mildew, molds, and fungus causing them to conk out the unbearable smell.
To exterminate this unwanted foul odor, a couple of ounces of any bleach would work the best. Instill any available household bleach with water and apply the solution to the affected areas and swab with a stiff nylon brush. You could also pour the bleaching powder and chlorine and let it stay there for a whole day to get the same, even better results.After plucking out all bacterial seeds and clearing complete mildew buildup, your basement floor would imbue with new life.
In a contaminated atmosphere, bleach could cause intoxication, therefore, your place should be properly ventilated to let the fresh air enter and circulate freely. A respiratory mask and other PPEs should always be used while working on your basement floor with any kind of toxic cleaners.
Step 5: Treat Rust Stains
No exposure to the natural light and the excessive humidity level in basement floors are the main sources of development of rust stains and if you’ll not treat them in time, you’re going to damage your basement.
Once your basement floor and walls are free of moisture and water, apply some lemon juice on the affected area and wait for a while then clear the stains with the help of scrubber. You can grab rust remover from the market but the citric acid in lemon juice has the power to battle with rust stains, so why throwing money on market-bought products?
If rust stains are still present there, you should use something stronger than lemon juice. Vinegar is a more powerful substance to remove stubborn rust stains if lemon juice failed to curb them. Repeat the same process as you did with the lemon juice and give this substance some time to loosen rust stains and soon your floor and walls would be sparkling clean.
The rust stains in an unfinished basement would continue reappearing every now and then if it is unsealed. Sooner the better to apply a sealant to avoid future reappearance of rust stains and it’ll also reduce the chances of mildew growth.
Any of your metallic belongings you store in your basement cause rust stains. Place pieces of carpet, felt runners, or something like that as a buffer so that the metallic bottoms of your luggage won’t directly touch the surface. You could also paint the metallic bottoms of your belongings to fix the issue.
A thorough cleaning of the unfinished basement floor is no doubt pretty daunting and tedious job and it takes a great deal of time and physical effort to bring quite freshness and vigor to your space. The question is, how long you can postpone it? Definitely, you needed a basement that’s why you had constructed it, now preserve your investment and spruce it up applying the above cleaning process. All your exhaustion would alter into jazziness when you’ll see a glittering, odorless, and vibrant basement.