How you clean your basement will depend on whether it is finished or unfinished, carpeted or uncarpeted, and what you use the area for. The biggest concern with basements is, of course, moisture. Keeping basement as dry as possible and cleaning promptly after leaks and floods are essential to our cleaning standards at Dial-A-Maid Cleaning service in Evanston, il. 60201. For General cleaning, the first step for a basement that hasn't been cleaned for awhile is to clear out cobwebs. Always start at the top and work down. A soft broom or brush on a pole is the best tool for cleaning cobwebs from walls, pipes, and rafters. A stiff floor brush is good for general cleaning of concrete floors. To keep the dust down, sprinkle the floor with water, sawdust, or a commercial sweeping compound, available at janitorial supply stores or automotive supply stores.If the floor is grimy , brush with a solution of liquid dishwater detergent, Spic and Span, or with TSP (trisodium phosphate ) in a bucket of warm water. Change the solution ofter and be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Use whatever proportions of the household cleaner you use that is recommended on the bottle. Be sure to follow all the safety precautions.
To keep the air in your basement fresh, be sure that gas appliances are properly vented. This will prevent a buildup of harmful nitrogen dioxide,which can cause respiratory tissue damage, or carbon monoxide, which can be fatal. Basements are a prime entry point for radon, an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that seeps in from the surrounding soil and rocks, that contain traces of uranium or radium. If you haven't had your home checked for radon, you should do so.
To help reduce the moisture level in your basement, take advantage of sunny dry days to open windows and doors going into your basement. Dehumidifiers also can reduce moisture in the air. If your basement gets flooded, the first thing you need to determine is the source and cleanliness of the unwelcome water. There are four types of basement floodwater: clean,gray,black,and riverine.Clean water from burst pipes is the least damaging. Gray water contains detergents or food, maybe from a washer that leaked. Black water is contaminated water such as sewage. Riverine is water from outside flooding, usually containing soil, fertilizers, and dirt.
Even with clean-water flooding, swift action is required to avoid major flooding. Use a vacuum to suck up as much of the water as you can. Dehumidifiers are also a big plus to getting the basement air to dry quickly. Always remember to wear boots,eyes goggles and gloves to protect you from germs and bacteria. You can always call us at Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201 to come to your rescue.