It’s A Dirty Job: How To Clean Your Basement
If you’re a homeowner, you probably have a dark, dirty secret: your basement! It’s part storage room, part laundry room, and all kinds of gross. Cobwebs in the corners, dirt tucked away behind your washer and dryer, and possibly even pests. It’s easily one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to house cleaning and it has be be among our least favorite spots to keep clean.
Let’s take a look at a typical basement:
Not good. Don’t worry though, we’ve spoken with our cleaners from Dallas for the best tips on how to clean your cellar. It’s actually a simple and straightforward process once you plan it out. Let’s explore the process of getting your basement back to a clean state.
Empty Everything Out
You will need a free day to dedicate fully towards your basement. Start off by taking everything out that isn’t pinned down or plugged in. Depending on the condition of your basement, you’ll either be taking your stuff into your living room or outside to sort through everything. If you’re basement is in rough shape or if you might be dealing with pests, you’ll definitely take everything outside. Check any clothing or loose items for holes, droppings, or any other signs of infestation before putting them back.
The gist of it is to put less things back into your basement than when you started off. Sort your basement belongings into four separate categories: things you’ll keep, sell, donate, or throw away. For those things you want to keep but you don’t have an immediate use for, check out MakeSpace. They provide storage units with the added bonus of picking up and delivering your belongings to the warehouse so you don’t have to.
Heavy Duty Cleaning Supplies
Deep cleaning your basement can be a heavy job; you’ll want to equip yourself with the strongest supplies and equipment. Your regular vacuum cleaner might not cut it; invest in or rent a heavy duty wet/dry vac that you can use indoors. Include a large push broom and mop bucket with two mops. Rubber gloves are a great option to protect your hands from stronger cleaning solutions; of course you can also go with green cleaning products for this task as well. Microfiber cloth and a soft bristle brush for stains will complete your supply list.
A list of supplies you will need:
- Heavy duty vacuum
- Large push broom
- Rubber gloves
- Regular cleaning products
- Green cleaning products
- Microfiber cloth
- Soft brittle brush
Before we put any soap to work, you’ll want to start off by scraping any loose pieces of foundation or crumbling drywall. Repairing these areas would be a different topic, however. For now, we’re focusing on cleaning up the damage that’s already been done. Start with your heavy duty vacuum cleaner and use the hose attachment to vacuum the walls and floor. Focus on the corners of the walls where cobwebs and dust bunnies collect. Be as thorough as you can with the floors as well; make sure to cover any problem areas like cracks in the floor or around the drainage pipe.
Then, move on to cleaning the walls using a damp cloth and bucket. If your walls are caked in grime, then start with the bottom of the walls and work your way up in horizontal layers. This will make the job go much smoother. Once your walls are wiped down, fill up your mop bucket and thoroughly sweep the floor for remaining dust while you wait for the bucket to fill.
The purpose of using two mops is to make the mopping go quicker and more efficiently. You won’t have to constantly wring out the same mop head if you alternate between the two. Carefully unplug your washing machine and dryer so you can move them without accidentally yanking the cord. When you move them, be careful not to scratch the floor surface with the appliance’s legs. We don’t clean behind and under the washer/dryer often so take advantage of this opportunity to clean every nook and cranny in your basement.