Looking for advice on what to do with my basement floor. Is very
solid and sound, but dirty and stained. What can anyone recommend to
use for cleaning\protecting my floor? It is a straight concrete
basement in the foundation.
Thanks to all!!
Visit your local DIY or paint center. There are a number of products
available to take care of the problem. Depending on the look you want, I
would suggest using a paint type product designed for concrete floors.
The product will come with instructions explaining how you need to prep
(clean) the floor before using it. Don't skip a bit of what they tell you
to do. The prep is the most important part of the job and if you mess it
up, the result is 10 times harder to fix.
Etch it with muratic acid (make sure you have a LOT of ventilation) to clean
up the concrete. If you want, you can seal it with a clear sealer or you
can paint it. My preference is bare concrete. Most coatings eventually wear
out, peel, bubble, or find some other way to fail. Then you've gotta do it
all over again...
You may paint over it. But keep in mind that you will need to remove
the paint if you later on deciding to put ceramic tiles over the
concrete floor, and removing paint from concrete floor is _very_
difficult (be there, done that). If you haven't decided on what the
future plan on your basement, you may be better off just to clean it
and leave it alone.
My co-worker puts outdoor carpet over the concrete floor in his
basement. And he likes this. I haven't tried this myself though.
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