In the blog this week I would like to bring back the room series and discuss an often overlooked room, the basement. For most of our city based readers this will be something that will elicit memories from childhood as you currently are an apartment dweller without a basement. However we can all remember times spent in a basement either as a childhood memory or as a current day home owner.
The basement is one of the most diverse rooms in a home from client to client we have found here at Park West. Finished, unfinished, storage, bathrooms, pool table, workout space, movie space, and on and on. The basement really is the jack of all trades of rooms in your home. I would bet that you are shaking your head in agreement to the previous sentence, probably using your basement for a few if not more, of the listed uses.
The basement is really a tough room to consistently label, as stated above, there are so many uses from home to home. With that said there are a few similarities that we can all relate to regarding cleaning. Firstly basements will have spiders and spider webs. Now, no need to hop onto a stool and yell for help, these spiders are often very small and you never see them. However, you will see their leftover spider webs. We have found, at Park West, that the best way to rid yourself of basement spiders is to get rid of their webs, what a novel concept! Now spider webs can be, for lack of a better term, gross. To work around that fact, the best way to remove a spider web is to take a damp paper towel and wipe the walls that connect the web to the wall. That’s it! Sounds pretty simple and basic, and it is. If you are ready for the pro hack to keep spiders from making new webs in that area, take a bit of peppermint oil and mix it with water into your spray bottle and spritz the afflicted area lightly. This will not only help your basement smell more inviting, but also keep those eight legged creatures away.
Another major issue mose basement owners have is with regulating humidity. Basements, and the older the home, the more you know this feeling, have issues with trapping humidity. There are a variety of reasons for this; washer and dryer are located there, it’s a cool area, it’s hard for air to circulate with no open windows. The main culprit, believe it or not, is the soil surrounding your basement being saturated with water, and that water seeping into your basement via the porous concrete. Unfortunately there are really no low cost solutions to preventing this issue. However to prevent the mold smell (and actual mold from growing) it is best to use a dehumidifier. The best dehumidifiers out there are about $300 and will take in about 5 or so gallons of water overnight depending on need. We like to recommend to our clients investing in these for basements as a source of proactive prevention. $300 once is a lot less inexpensive than a full service mold removal which often lives behind the walls and wont show itself until it is far too late.
Dust, Dust, Dust!
A third and final area of issue we often see at Park West is something we can all fix, dust! Dust, as has been discussed in the blog previously, is inevitable. Now, it is true more dust will accumulate in areas of high traffic, but that doesn’t mean it won’t collect in paths less traveled. Basements collect a lot of dust, due to low traffic, so much so it is a common Hollywood trope! Easiest fix for this is to use your basement more. By having eyes on the issue, that is often enough to create a need for change in your brain. By using your basement more, you will have the urge for it to be clean, to achieve your “Aha Moment”. This will also help with overuse in other areas of your home. I know we are all creatures of habit and like to curl up on the couch in our “spot” at the end of a long day. But by switching locations up, using your basement more, will promote the need for clean, so for your next movie night, consider the basement!
Thank you again as always for reading the blog. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please send them to Jack@ParkWestCleaning.com
See you all next week!