Happy day! Took up carpeting, found decent hardwood!

jiggreenJanuary 31, 2011

Well, this afternoon I was bored, and I was looking at my horrible 1970's wall to wall carpeting in my sitting room and bedroom....and to me it looked like a present waiting to be unwrapped. Soooo..I got out my utility knife and "unwrapped" it (I never was much for suspense..haha!)

I found very nice hardwood underneath! I can't wait for hubby to come home and finish taking up the rest of the carpet for me! ( I keep him around for the brawny projects like moving furniture...hehehehehe)

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columbusguy1

Great find for you! Don't be in a rush to refinish them though--try a good cleaning first, and waxing. So many people like that plasticky gym floor look that poly gives, so right away decide to sand--I don't think it looks right in an old house.
I know you will have a wonderful time prying up all the staples from the padding--I still find some in my bedrooms--and the downstairs hall was done with tacks--lots and lots of tacks since no single piece of padding was larger than 2'x2'. :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 4:28PM
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Carol_from_ny

Be happy if it's tacks and not glue! Some mentally deranged person put glue down in the music room to keep the area rug they had from moving. You've never seen such a nasty mess!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 6:12PM
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fanner

That *is* exciting!! And I second what columusguy said ~ I just did a trial waxing on a few of my floors and I love it. Save the patina, put on a layer of protection and refresh them all in one shot. Of coarse if you do like the "gym floor look", it's your floor to do with as you please ;) I posted a few before and after pics of the floors I waxed, for reference. Just search a few posts down....

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 7:11PM
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jiggreen

Nope, no high gloss plastic finish for me!!!! All it needs is a good washing to get off the flecks of padding that are stuck on and a coat of wax. If I wanted a brand new looking floor...I'd have just gone to the store! I want character, and patina and age! And I got lucky with the staples...they only used them where the seams were :) so there aren't many!

The sitting room was never painted (yay!!) The bedroom apparently had a floor cloth and they painted around it, with a yellowish milk paint. The milk paint is worn in the traffic areas...and the square in the center that was protected is just beautiful aged wood. I'm not going to sand off that milk paint. To me, it tells a story :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 11:05PM
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mary52zn8tx

We had indoor/outdoor carpet glued to our hardwood floors. Murphy's Oil Soap was what we used to get the foam that was stuck after we removed the carpet.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 9:03AM
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jiggreen

Thank you Mary! That was what I was about to ask!!! Today I am cleaning the floors and I had no idea what to use! Our foamy stuff isn't glued down...it comes off easily...but it is stuck to the floor due to years of people walking on disintegrating gummy, old padding.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 10:21AM
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kindred_ny

I'm so happy for you right now I got that happy butterfly feeling in my belly! And I totally get that "unwrapped gift" thing. There's a hole in my dining room silver/linen closet thingy to prove it!! I had to see the lath and what's behind it for whatever deranged reason my mind came up with! Congrats on a great discovery!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2011 at 8:58PM
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brickeyee

"try a good cleaning first, and waxing."

Cleaning yes, waxing no.

Using wax can interfere with future refinishing by contaminating the surface so that a new water based finish (and even some solvent based) will not adhere proposal.

Even if you sand the floor, wax can still be in the cracks between the strips and cause problems.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2011 at 8:59AM
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