Monday, January 16, 2006
No Carpet, No More
At long last we are carpet free. I pulled up the last of this evil dirt trapping substance recently and am replacing it with laminate flooring.
The background in this lovely picture is the plywood subfloor before I sanded and cleaned it. The carpet and foam backing has been pulled and this pile of ...grunge...is a small sample of what lurked beneath the carpet/foam combination.
A list of artifacts found beneath the carpet:
SAND (lots of it, this is Florida you know!)
COINS (finders keepers)
AIRSOFT PLASTIC BB'S (there have been ferocious battles here)
PAINTBALLS ( paintballs! Did I miss something?)
PAPER CLIPS ( how?)
CRUMBLED CARPET BACKING DUST ( ugh, latex...)
MYSTERIOUS STAINS (puppies, babies...)
HOUSEHOLD DUST ( 17 years of skin cells captured by carpet)
Am I oversharing? My point is carpet can never be considered clean. Well, maybe when it's in the store on that big rolly thing and no one has actually walked on it. ...maybe then.
Who first had the bright idea to lay a woven fabric on the floor and then walk on it? Ugh.
I am thrilled to be rid of it, but the laminate I am putting down to replace it tickles me. It is a synthetic product (wood based) called "Heritage Pine". It has an extremely hard surface that is printed to look like well worn, knotty pine floor boards...like our REAL pine floors down stairs.
When I was laying the laminate, I was reminded of a "Fix It Up" type show I watched a while back. Two very well off people were having a new "country-style" mini-mansion built. The work crew had just finished installing beautiful wide plank pine floor boards. The next step was to put a good protective finish on them...I thought.
No, no the next step was to take heavy metal chains and throw them on the floor. Then the workmen were instructed to step on, kick around, and scrape the chains around these beautiful boards to give them "character". My jaw dropped.
They could have just invited my kids and our labs over for a weekend and saved buying all that chain.
Posted by R.Powers at 9:46 AM