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Question DetailsAsked on 1/30/2017

Looking for cleaning service that cleans dirt out of basement after work done restoring crumbling walls.

We have been fixing crumbling walls in basement with plaster and have been trying to get rid of all of the dirt and dust from the concrete floors so we can paint them. There is no drain in basement floor so we need someone with equipment that can possibly do this quicker than we have been doing with shop vacs, etc.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


I would not expect this operation to exceed maybe 10-15 gallons of water - so wet and dry shop vac or gallon to five gallon buckets certainly sounds workable to me.

Certainly cheaper to DIY with shop vacs and buckets - but there are Construction Cleanup companies out there (not an Angies List category - google for that, then cross-check for ratings and reviews on Angies List) - some Housecleaning companies will also do that, as well as some handymen probably.

Also - though might not be willing to do the weak acid cleaning it really needs to remove the lime coating, a floor and carpoet cleaning company with power equipment.

Or go yourself (though machine probably would not like acid wash solution, but could use for prelim and final cleaning - rent a rug cleaning machine that also has hard-floor setting, for about $25-30 for a day. Could even do your carpets to remove tracked or blown-around plaster dust at same time - just be careful on hardwood or laminate floors, because that type of machine can easily get too much water into them - but fine for tile and hard surface sheet products and such.

IF getting the floor professionally finished (especially if going to epoxy or urea coat it and not doing that yourself, that contractor may well shotblast or grind or acid-wash the surface to prep it anyway, so your cleaning (other than maybe using a drywall knife to pop up any clumps of plaster) might be for naught.

My suggestion - wet mopping with a self-wringing sponge mop (the kind with the handle that you grab and pull down against the sponge to wring it out over a bucket) or hands-and-knees sponge/brush and buckets - one bucket with the clean water (or maybe vinegar solution if removing drywall dust) and wring the sponge out into the other one so you are not putting the dirty (lime-laden) water back onto the floor. Oh - on the brush - "horse brush" works well for this, or a similar dense wire brush - look like this -

Maybe not the thing to discuss what you are using to repair the walls with since you are evidently done, but on the crumbling walls thing: if your plaster or drywall walls are crumbling, unless due to physical impacts, it is almost certainly due excess moisture, so fixing them with plaster or drywall compound would just be a short-term cosmetic repair, not a 'fix". If you actually meant a cement-based product, patching minor cracks or voids in poured concrete or concrete block walls, then no problem with that.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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