Like your garage, your basement flooring may be constructed from concrete. While stain removal solutions in the garage are one matter, basement floor stain removal is a bit different. For starters, the source of the stain is probably much different than the salt or car fluids staining your garage flooring. Either way, our team is here to help.
In this article, we’re providing you with a few ways to tackle basement floor stain removal.
Getting rid of efflorescence
Efflorescence looks like a white powder accumulating on your walls or flooring. This soluble salt remains when water seeps through the concrete and then evaporates. If you have an efflorescence presence, there are a few ways to tackle it. The first way is to scrub the salts with a stiff brush and mild detergent to loosen the material. Once loose, wipe away with a damp cloth. In tougher cases, chemical cleaning may be required.
While you can remove and clean any signs of efflorescence, don’t be surprised if it returns. If this happens, you may want to consider calling a team of professionals to evaluate options for basement waterproofing.
Mold and mildew
Any time there is a mold presence in your home, you should consider professional testing and remediation. However, the beginning stages of mildew can generally be tackled successfully on one’s own.
A sure sign that there is mildew lurking in your basement is the unpleasant, musty odor it brings along. To remove mildew, start by allowing as much air circulation and ventilation as possible. Another helpful investment is the permanent addition of a dehumidifier. Once you’ve located the source, a mixture of water and bleach combined with a nylon-bristled brush and some elbow grease generally does the trick.
Basement floor stain removal
So far, we’ve discussed common basement issues that can occur on both walls and floors. However, if you’re dealing with the floor alone, you could be looking at unsightly staining. Not to fret, we have your solution to make your floors look as good as new. In most instances, chlorinated lime sprinkled onto the stain does the trick. If you’re looking for a less harsh solution, combine hydrogen peroxide and flour into a paste.
No matter which route you choose, allow the mixture to penetrate the stain for a least twenty minutes, if not overnight. Brush with warm water (you can also add ammonia). The stain should be gone or at least lightened. Tougher stains may require repeating the process.
Stains happen, whether in your garage or the basement, and Premier Concrete Coatings is here to help. With our innovative protective flooring solutions, gone are the days of basement floor stain removal. Instead, your basement will be fully protected, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to clean!
For more information, contact PCC today by calling (978) 575-7575.