If you are going to convert half of your home's concrete basement into an office so that you can catch up on paperwork and make a dent in an upcoming project you are responsible for, ensuring that you have a work space that is comfortable and dry is vital to your success. Use the tips below to clean and repair concrete walls before applying a sealer. When finished, set up your furnishings in the area you chose.
- warm water
- sponge mop
- plastic sheeting
- tube or bucket of patch
- metal float
- hand sander
- fine grit sandpaper
- tack cloth
- concrete sealant
Clean And Fix Interior Walls
Purchase an industrial-strength detergent that has been deemed a suitable product to use to clean concrete walls. Fill a bucket with reasonably warm water and pour some detergent into the bucket. Use a sponge mop to apply the cleaning mixture to each interior wall. Move the mop's sponge rapidly back and forth over stained concrete. Rinse the bucket out and fill it with fresh, warm water. Use a clean sponge to apply plain water to each wall.
After the walls dry, sweep and mop the basement floor. Use large, wide pieces of plastic sheeting to protect the basement floor. If there are holes in some of the concrete walls, purchase a bucket of patch. If the damage to the walls is minor and only a couple hairline cracks are present, purchase a tube of concrete patch.
Fill the holes and cracks and use a metal float to level the surface of each concrete wall. After the patch has dried, lightly sand the repaired areas if the patched sections are slightly uneven. Wipe a tack cloth firmly across each wall so that concrete dust is eliminated.
Apply Sealant And Add Furnishings
A clear, concrete sealant can be applied to interior walls so that moisture won't enter the basement if the patch wears out or wasn't administered properly. Brush the sealant across each wall in straight lines. Be careful while applying sealant so that none is applied to fixtures, trim, or any items stored inside of the basement. After the sealant dries, set up your office space.
Choose office furniture that will provide you with ample space and add lighting so that you can see what you are doing while working in the basement. Add vases, potted plants, or other decor to various parts of the room to provide the office with a homey and personalized appearance.
Contact a service, like All-Systems Waterproofing Inc, for more help.