Usually, you will find people hiding their basement concrete floor under the carpet. They do so due to a myth that concrete floors in the basement are cold. Yes, it’s true basements are cold. But putting the rug on the concrete floor makes it even worse.
When the basement humidity is high enough, the temperature of the concrete floor under a carpet may go down below the dew point of the air.
At this condition, the moisture will start to accumulate and may make the favorable condition for mold to grow. That mold can not only ruin your carpet but can also leave permanent stains on your basement floor.
So if you do not want carpet there, then what else. The solution is polishing concrete.
There are plenty of epoxies available in the market which make your concrete floor shinier and less cool looking.
Going for dark colors on the basement concrete floor may also give you a warm and cozy look.
The concrete basement floor usually requires lots of polishing, if you want to have a shiny surface down there. That is particularly more important in the cases, where you are using your basement as a place to hang out or something like that.