Here is how to clean concrete floor in the basement to remove stains and simply make the floor spotless. Here you’ll find easy cleaning methods and cleaners that’ll work best for cleaning concrete floors in your basement. Let’s get started with the items you’ll need.
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1. cement vacuum cleaner. This is the best way to clean up concrete dust quickly making it easier for you to manage the spread while cleaning. Giving your basement more air space will give the dust more access to escape. That’s the best way to get rid of concrete dust in the basement.
2. Scrub brush… You can use this brush to scrub away oil stains and dirt on the floor
3. Pressure washer… A pressure washer is ideal for washing basement floors, but first, remove all items off the floor to prevent damages.In most cases, the pressure washer will remove stubborn stains without you having to manually scrub the floor. Before using the pressure washer have a drying plan or a way to remove excess water that works best for you.
4. Small bucket… A small bucket is required if you need to mix a solution, spot treat a stain, or use a mop
5. Push broom… This will be needed after pressure washing
6. A mop
Cleaning Concrete Basement Floor
1. First, sweep the floor or vacuum the floor. The floor should be clear of all debris including furniture, and storage containers. Run the pressure washer on high pressured hot water. The hot water and the pressure will deep clean the pores of the concrete removing heavy dirt.
2 . Use the push broom to push the water out. If your basement cannot handle a pressure wash, Use the bucket and the mop to wash the floor. Repeat this process twice if necessary or until it’s completely clean. When you’re done washing the floor, dry with a large old towel or a dry mop. These are sure to absorb any settled water.
Washing the floor before treating the stains will allow you to spot the location of the stains way easier than if they were covered in dust and dirt.
Removing The Stains…
The best way to remove stains on a concrete floor is to use dish soap and water. There are other cleaners such as lye, which may not be a wise choice as lye soap will disintegrate the concrete as it is highly acidic.
Step 1. Sprinkle the water directly onto the stain
Step 2. Pour the dish soap onto the stain
Step 3. Use the scrubbing brush to scrub the area for 3 – 5 minutes
Step 4. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the spot each time you scrub. If the stain refuses to budge using any of the below-listed concrete cleaners will help.
Cleaning Concrete Floor With Vinegar
Vinegar is a natural cleaner. It is perfect for cleaning floors especially concrete basement floors with stains
If the floors have rust, grease, mildew, or mold vinegar will be able to remove these stains either with a spot treatment or by simply washing. I highly recommend using a cleaning vinegar (industrial vinegar) This is a more aggressive vinegar and works wonders when used to clean concrete floors.
Simply add 1/4 cup vinegar to every gallon of water. Use the mop with the solution to mop the floor vigorously. If there’re no visible stains. Grab a dry towel or mop and tap dry the floor. If there are stains smiling backs at you try this method.
Here is how to make a homemade concentrated concrete stain remover with vinegar.
Step 1. Combine the ingredients to form a paste-like solution
Step 2. Apply directly to the stain.
Step 3. Allow the vinegar solution to penetrate the stain for 10-20 minutes.
Step 4. Scrub with a scrubbing brush
Rinse away the residue with warm water. If the stains are stubborn, apply full-strength vinegar only onto the stain wait for 5-10 minutes then wipe with a wet cloth.
Spot Treating The Stains…Here Is How
Unless there are stains on your concrete basement floor, cleaning can be very fast and efficient. The best cleaner for a concrete basement floor is hot water, but there are other cleaners you can choose to use that’ll help to eliminate stains and make cleaning easier.
Cleaning the more concentrated stains…Fill a bucket with warm water pour in the dish soap based on the amount of water. Use the scrubber to scrub the stains. For this, you may have to get down on your knees and put some muscles into it.
After scrubbing wipe the floor with a wet mop and allow it to dry
Other Recommended Cleaners For Removing Concrete Stains Are...
1. Zep Heavy -Duty Powered Concrete Cleaner
2. Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser
3. Sheiner’s All-Purpose Floor Cleaner
Using Bleach On Concrete Basement Floors
Can you bleach concrete? The answer is YES. If the floors in the basement have mold and mildew which may be present as the concrete is a porous material that retains moisture. This moisture turns into mold and mildew gradually over time. Using the correct amount of household bleach will be able to remove those. EXTRA TIP… Keep concrete floors dry at all times to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Step 1. Add one cup of household bleach to every gallon of (warm water)
Step 2. Apply on the mildew/mold
Step 3. Scrub with a soft scrubbing brush to scrub the area until the color starts to fade.
Rinse and dry thoroughly using a dry cloth. DO NOT USE… If the floor is stamped or polished as the bleach will remove the polish and damage the stamp. That will be a total disaster.
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Cleaning Oil Stains On Concrete Floors
Because the basement is used most times to store our junk accidents such as spills will occur. One of the most feared spills is oil spills on concrete floors. This may sound like a ruin, but oil stains can be cleaned with a few easy steps. Here is how to clean oil stains on concrete floors.
- Absorb the excess oil with a rag or a sprinkle of baby powder. Allow the powder to sit for 5 minutes before wiping with a wet cloth or damp paper towel.
- Make a paste with baking soda and powdered laundry detergent
- Apply the paste onto the oil stain
- Scrub with a soft scrubbing brush until the stain disintegrate
- Rinse with warm water and a microfiber cloth
This is how to clean your concrete floor in the basement. See, it was easier than I thought. I am sure the next time you clean your basement floor you’ll handle it like a pro.
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