Concrete is quite popular for both interior and exterior flooring purposes. This is mainly due to its durability and stain resistant nature. Concrete floors can be plain or can have a plethora of designs, depending on the choice of the owner. It also fit for quite a large number of decoration choice. However, concrete can build up dirt and mold over the years. It requires regular attention to prevent that from happening.
1. Basic Preparations
First, let’s make a basic checklist of all the equipment you are going to need. A broom, a duster or a vacuum, a bristled brush, detergent, dish soap, water, cornstarch, degreaser, and bleach or hydrogen peroxide. All of these have a specific purpose which will help in cleaning a concrete floor.
Now, to start, you need a large wide space. Anything that is on the floor, furniture, shoes, rug, toys, need to be removed from the immediate vicinity. If those products stay in the room while you are cleaning, the time you spend on it will only increase. You will find yourself accidentally bumping into furniture or having to constantly move the shoes and rugs around to clean the space.
2. Sweeping and Dusting
Grab a broom and sweep up the whole room. This way, you will get all dirt and debris out of the way first. After that, use a duster for extra measures, and so that dust and fine particles are removed too. Dusting is something that needs to be done daily while sweeping or vacuuming is can be done weekly. If you have a vacuum, it’s best to proceed with it. Using a vacuum will significantly reduce your dusting time and stop dust from flying around.
3. Cleaning the Stains
If the stains are from food or beverages, scrubbing the area with a mixture of warm water and soap should be enough. All you need to do is mix one or two tablespoons of dish soap with about half a gallon of water. If the stains are from oil, pour water on the area first and then pour dish soap all over the stains. Coat a brush with warm water and then scrub the stains until lather is formed. Again, sweep over the area with a rag or towel and then rinse the concrete floor with cool water.
If you want to remove mildew, mix laundry detergent with trisodium phosphate, bleach, and water. Use a brush to scuff the area and then rinse it will cool water to make sure no soap or bleach residue is left. In the case of tire marks, first pour water on the entire area and then apply a degreaser. Give it three to four hours to sit in and then scrub it with a brush. Needless to say, the last step is to rinse it with water.
Spread it over the entire concrete floor and then let it stay there for 3 to 4 days. Sweep or vacuum the kitty litter when the said time has passed and then dispose of it.
3. Removing Harsh Stains
This is only applicable to plain concrete floors. If your floor is plain, you don’t need to worry about damaging it with harsher chemicals. Bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, all are fair games in this case. The stubborn and harsh stains can be dealt with a mixture of bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide- whatever you choose- and warm water.
Spray the solution on the stains and let it sit there for about 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes have passed, use a brush to scrub the stains off. The last step will always be to clean the area with cool and clean water.
Harsh cleaners can be bad for your health. For this purpose, wear gloves, masks and other protective gear while using cleaners like hydrogen peroxide. Also, the room needs to have enough access to sunlight and air so that the chemical doesn’t sit in the room for days.
The methods mentioned here can mainly be applied to plain concrete floors. The method of cleaning changes a lot depending on the concrete floor. For this reason, it is best if you turn to professional cleaning services. Not only is it impossible for you to sweep your concrete floor daily, especially considering the amount of furniture that’s always there in your house, but the methods can also vary so much that it can get confusing and you might mess up horribly. The smart thing to do in a situation like this is to rely on a professional cleaning service like ours.
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