I've got a pretty huge basement (about a thousand square feet), and it's dimly lit except for an overhead light right above my bench. Over the last 15 years I must have dropped all kinds of nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc., and when I try and sweep up I'm sure I'm missing all kinds of things. Not to mention the paint and varnish cans and car supplies and random chemicals and grime that's accumulated all these years. Point being that trying to sweep up hardly cuts it, and it's well past time I attempted cleaning up this rust- and chemical-ridden mess, except I have to do it in the dark and with a back injury and I don't feel like putting any of my buddies through the hell that I've caused by my neglect of the place.
Long story short, I wonder if anyone's got any tips for cleaning up this kind of space, or just stories about what they did when they were in my place.
Well, good timing. The people who make the Roomba just came out like last month with a robot that's designed to vacuum heavy duty industrial areas, and the like. I think it's called the Dirt Dog or something. I'd say check that out, but in addition, take it nice a slow so as not to hurt your back any worse. No need to clean it all up overnight.