Updating basement walkup

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Old 08-03-13, 02:54 PM
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Updating basement walkup

My husband just bought our first home and are looking to fix up the walkout basement stairs.

The area at the bottom of the stairs is small, 3x3 or so and it's incredibly gross. The house was rented before we purchased it so it's been neglected for a while. We've had the drain snaked out and are not having any issues with water.

Our main issues are mildew and aesthetics.

How do we clean it? Then once it's clean, I'm assuming we seal it with something and then what are our finishing options? It's very small so we don't want to cover it with anything that would take away any space. I am thinking paint.

Any advice on this process would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 08-03-13, 04:58 PM
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Got some pictures?
Hard to make suggestions without being able to see it.
 
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Old 08-04-13, 04:36 AM
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Pics would be nice - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

A bleach/water solution usually works well for cleaning up mildew..... never stronger than 50% bleach [bleach can destroy wood fibers] and must be rinsed well. Generally a deck stain is preferred over paint. The stain acts as a sealer for the wood.

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Old 08-04-13, 06:55 AM
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Pics of the walkout

Here are the images of what we're dealing with. Sorry for the delay on the pics.
 
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Old 08-05-13, 02:49 AM
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A bleach/water solution will clean up the mold/mildew, the stubborn areas might need a 2nd treatment and/or scrubbing. Rinsing with a pressure washer is quickest but a garden hose will also work. Does the drain work well?

If you want to paint the walls, I'd prime them with drylok and finish with your choice of exterior house paint. It might be beneficial to have extra mildewcide added to the paint. It would be better to leave the steps unpainted.
 
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Old 08-05-13, 09:46 AM
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Can't be sure, but I think I'm seeing some uneven mortar/parging accumulations on the floor. Possibly from when the walls were coated? Normal cleaning products will not remove them, if that's what's there. Rather, some grunt work (scraping, possibly using a brickset and hammer, or even an angle grinder with masonry wheel) will be needed to clean it up.
 
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Old 08-05-13, 10:04 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice!

The drain does work well, we took care of that as soon as we moved in to avoid basement flooding.

Looking for closely at the floor, there is some parging accumulated there that is no doubt attributing to the mildew and staining issues. I'm pretty sure my father-in-law has an angle grinder that would work on that.


We will try the bleach solution for cleaning and scrape out that parging then post pics of the results!
 
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