Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Concrete dream dashed

We pulled up the carpet in the basement today - I had hoped there would be pristine concrete underneath.

Not!  Something has been glued down in the past - it's black, and sticky, and yuck.  Very handsome floor man says he can clean it - of course it will take three days and all sorts of evil, toxic substances to melt the goo before he can scrape it away.

So - what shall plan B be?  Not hardwood - it's a basement - generally dry, but still, things could get damp.  Laminate?  I don't think so - it's just pretending to be wood or tile or cork or whatever.  I'm thinking tile might be my best choice.  Any opinions out there?

8 comments:

Carol said...

tile. definitely tile. We actually have commercial VCT tile in the basement, but I wish it was ceramic, really.

penni said...

You never want to lay wood or laminate below grade anyway -- if you can do ceramic tile, you will undoubtedly love it. Just be sure to seal the grout so it stays clean a little longer than if you do not. Handsome floor man will still have to prepare the floor for tile so you can keep him around for three or four days.

StubbyDog said...

Yeah I'd definitely go with tile. Bummer!

2Grandmas2 said...

I am not partial to ceramic tile as I have it in my kitchen so have issues with a couple of things that you may not. First, anything dropped from the fridge, if encased in glass, will EXPLODE on contact. (I had mayo on the dining room wall one day.) Second, doggy water slurps and dribbles are incredibly slick. I would not get it again, but that is just me... ;O)

Lani said...

We put down agility mats in our basement. Not stylish (though it looks good) - but great for agility, obedience, kid play area, and exercise equipment.

dreameyce said...

If it were me, I'd have the handsome cement man clean it (Despite the yucky melting chemicals), stain the cement a pretty color, seal it, and enjoy! I have to agree with Nancy (2Grandmas2) on the tile... esp when it comes to wiping! I like my 'solid' floors, with no grooves for running the swiffer over, and seem to need to scrub between tiles every once in a while which I HATE doing!

Cornerstone said...

I see concrete the same as tile in hardness. Tile is usually prettier. Tile will cost more. Finished concrete looks nice. How much time/money and exposure to chemicals are you willing to endure? If you don't want the cost/time or chemicals, an idea I had is to cover it with rubber mats and throw rugs over that...

Cornerstone said...

the post I just sent was a first for me-did I do things ok/right? Can you change your signature name ?
I wasn't sure what to do there-maybe I should use my name ?
Thanks- whatever you do with the floor I hope you are very happy with.