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06:14PM | 09/16/05
Member Since: 09/15/05
2 lifetime posts
How clean do concrete basement floors need to be before you lay down carpet?

I swept them the best I could and did a little with the shop vac, but there just seems to be never ending dust from the drywall and spackle and other work we did. Is it okay that there is still a some dust in the cracks or do I need to mop the floors? If I don't mop what will happen with the dust left under the padding and carpet?


04:12PM | 09/30/05
Member Since: 09/19/05
5 lifetime posts
I don't believe a little dust will matter

much. The question you should be asking is

'Is it DRY enough?' Make damn sure no moisture

surfaces on your basement floor before you lay the carpet. If moisture is creeping up to the surface, then the carpet will eventually deteriorate. The best way I know of to test for moisture is to lay a square of plastic on the concrete and leave it a couple of days. When you pull up that plastic, the concrete underneath should be DRY. IF you have moisture creeping up through the concrete, then you need to 'seal' the floor somehow. That's the point I'm at now- damp slab. Stay tuned, and good luck!

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