First Things First
After we closed on the house, we did some rent back with our seller then had two weeks before we had to be out of our apartment. With limited time, and both of us working, how to prioritize? It doesn’t take a genius to know: remove stinky dirty carpet to reveal beautiful hardwood floors. Just like on tv.
The entire main floor of the house had wall-to-wall textured carpet from the early 80s is my guess. It was everywhere and emoted a pungent smell of someone else’s life (and dog). It had to go. So we bought contractor bags, work gloves, masks, a mass quantity of razor blades and our first shop vac. I’ve always wanted a shop vac of my own, ever since I spent a summer vacuuming my parent’s leaky basement, wild teen that I was. Anyway, it looked like this:
Overall the process was arduous, but getting the carpet itself up was a breeze. Slice, roll, put it in the pile.
Some of the padding chose to stick to the wood and I knew that would be a party cleaning it up. The worst part was the staples and tack strips. I sprained my finger. But whatever, we had wood floors and they aren’t in bad shape! Sure, the finish is worn away in traffic areas, there are some pet stains, water stains, gouges, but all in all, quite lovely. And it’s starting to smell better in here!
ants!!! Gross, gross, more than words. They came out like an explosion and swarmed the entire perimeter. I screamed, flailed my arms about and split. We ran out for bug spray and destroyed, successfully. The floor here is concrete and the room needs a lot of work. But that’s later. For now, let’s waddle in the glory, shall we?