Here are tips that will help you clean your concrete basement floor to keep your home or business premises looking fresh:
Sweep and Vacuum the Floor
Dust and lose debris accumulate on your concrete basement floor. So, use a soft-bristled broom to sweep the floor. Sometimes sweeping alone is not effective in removing all the dust. In this case, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the remaining dust after sweeping.
Get Rid of Fungal Growth
Basement floors tend to get stuffy from mildew and mold, especially when ventilation is inadequate. If you want to remove bad smell from your basement, ensure there’s proper air circulation. You can do this by opening the entrances and removing unused items in the basement. Next, mix approximately 2 ounces of household bleach per quart of clean water.
You can use a spray bottle to splash your basement floor and walls with the solution. Be sure to wear protective gloves, a facemask, and all your body is well covered while performing this task. Then use a nylon-bristled scrub brush to work the solution into the floor and walls. Wipe the surfaces with a mop and clean water.
Pro tip: Don’t use any bleaching agent on sealed concrete floors because bleach erodes concrete sealant.
You might have seen white powder on a concrete floor or wall. That’s what we call efflorescence. It’s a soluble salt that remains on concrete when water that seeped into it evaporates.
Use a stiff-bristled brush to remove the efflorescence and then wipe the place with a damp mop. But the best trick around protecting your concrete against efflorescence is to waterproof your basement floor and walls. Contact our top flooring contractors at Southern Illinois Epoxy to get the best basement waterproofing services. That assures maximum protection from moisture in your basement.
Eliminate Rust from Your Floor
Apply dry cement on areas stained with rust. Then use flagstone to rub the cement over the place. The stain will come out as you continue with the rubbing. You can also use lemon juice to remove the rust. You should know that using metallic scrub brushes on concrete leaves metal fibers in the pores of the structure. And that causes rusting on your concrete floor.
Use Dish Soap and Warm Water
Dish soap has a neutral PH, making it ideal for both sealed and unsealed concrete. Start by sweeping your basement floor and then sprinkle the soap on it. Pour warm water on the surface and scrub it with a soft-bristled brush. Use a mop and clean water to rinse the floor. Wring the mop as you rinse until there are no traces of the soap or stains on the floor.