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How to clean unsealed concrete floors in your basement or garage End-shutdown




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Of all the regular household chores, washing floors is one of the easiest to (repeatedly) put off. It’s a huge hassle to go through just to have people walk on the clean floors as soon as they dry.

And if you have unsealed concrete floors in your basement or garage, you probably have better things to do than wash them regularly (if ever). But let’s say you find yourself in a situation where you really need to clean these hard, unfinished floors. This is what you should do.

How to clean unsealed concrete floors

Because unsealed concrete is naturally porousWhen a basement or garage floods or something spills, floors made from this material tend to absorb the liquid, which, given a chance to soak in, can cause staining. But even if no liquid is involved, any grooves, cracks, or irregularities in the floor give dirt and dust a place to settle.

Flood cleanup is a topic for another day, so today we are going to focus on cleaning unsealed concrete floors when they are dry. Come on:

clear debris

If you don’t have a shop vac, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up any larger debris that may have collected on the floor, things that could damage a regular vac.

sweep thoroughly

Now that the larger pieces are gone, go over the floor again with your shop vac or regular vacuum, take the time to vacuum up as much as you can. remaining dust and dirt. Break the attachments, if necessary.

tackles blemishes

If you find any stains you’d like to remove, now is the time to do so. Some of your options include the use of:

  • Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide: Make a paste with both ingredients, apply a little to the stain, and then scrub with a firm-bristled brush. If it doesn’t work right away, apply more paste, and this time let it sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing.
  • Tide detergent (or similar powder): Mix the Detergent with a little water to make a paste. First wipe the floor with a damp cloth, apply the paste, and then use a scrub brush. R.Drench area with clean water.
  • White vinegar: Pour white vinegar over oxide stainsallow it to soak in for at least 30 minutes, then scrub it in with a stiff-bristled brush and rinse the area with clean water.
  • liquid dish soap: Apply on the spots directly or mixed with warm waterrub and then rinse.

Clean the floor

Take a mop and bucket and mix one of the following solutions:

  • Baking soda (1/2 cup) mixed in a large bucket of warm water
  • Liquid dish soap (2 teaspoons) + white vinegar (1 cup) mixed in a gallon of heat
  • Tide[orother[orother[uotra[orotherpowder laundry detergent](1/3 cup) mixed in one gallon of warm water

Mop the floor once with the cleaning solution and then a second time with clean, warm water. Use a towel to dry any areas where water has collected. Otherwise, allow floors to air dry.

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