Basement floors and what to expect
A basement renovation and especially its floor is one area that really needs to be thought out well before making a decision. As we all know, gravity could be one of our worst enemies when it comes to a basement floor. Any leak in the house or moisture problem in a home will travel downwards thereby leaving our basement susceptible to moisture and the associated issues. Not to mention the moisture vapor coming up and through the slab form the ground beneath it.
A concrete slab is really a great canvass for adding design and your own personal touch to a basement and doesn’t require any floor covering material.
What you’re likely to be dealing with
Once the old carpeting had been removed you are likely to see a gray, paint splattered, stained and soiled concrete slab.
There are three main ways to go about cleaning and decorating your floor at this point.
One method is to grind and clean the surface for the addition of a sealer, dye or stain, by using a floor grinder or concrete polishing machine. Many decorative concrete companies own these machines and can recommend the proper surface preparation required, but they are also sometimes available form your local tool rental store.
Second method is to acid wash the floor. Acid washing is usually reserved for fairly good condition slabs. Also it is important to note Acid stain coloration will not work properly if an acid wash was done, therefore only use and acid wash for subsequent concrete Dye/Stains or tinted sealers.
Third method is to Shot Blast or Bead Blast the floor. These machines will blast off the residue of old glues, paint and stains leaving behind a perfect floor for a resurfacing system.
The key to any successful system is proper surface prep. It is the worst part of any job but it is also the most important.
Once the floor is clean and prepared, then you can begin the decorating and staining.