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January 7, 2007

Dirty floor

The Countess and I not long ago decided to pull up our old ugly stained white carpet in our living room and dining room. Intel said that there was beautiful wood floors underneath. Preliminary tests indicated that this might be so. So we ripped it up.

Then tragedy struck.

Much to our dismay, our dining room did have beautifully preserved wood flooring- under two layers of linoleum glued to the floor. The only reprieve we got was that testing showed that none of the flooring contained asbestos. Whew!

So we got the linoleum up after a tough hard slog, but the wood remains a sticky tacky mess. Perhaps we should withdraw from our house by mid 2007, even though we’re contractually obligated to stay. Personally, I think we need to make a committment to sandpaper and goo-gone (not in that order). I think we should refinish the entire two floors at once when “the job is done”, but maybe we shold take a cue from the occupation and try to refinish each piece of wood as it comes clean. Stay tuned.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2007 6:02 pm

    Count G.,

    Obviously, your wood floor was much better off hidden beneath the linoleum where the goo was out of sight. What gives you the right to believe the wood is better off without goo anyway? The floor probably didn’t even have any goo until you removed the linoleum. If you would only move out of your house, the goo would just disappear on it’s own. Don’t you know anything, you naive crazy neo-remodeler?

  2. January 7, 2007 8:19 pm

    I guess I never should have taken the advice of my wife who said it would be a “cakewalk”!

  3. January 8, 2007 9:58 am

    It’s always the wife who is the true neo-remodeler manipulating decision makers and pulling strings behind the scenes. You might want to consider replacing her with a wife who is a little more sensitive to the needs of linoleum. My guess is that she has never actually resurfaced a floor before. Probably filed for an educational deferment while her fellow fiancées were in knee pads. Face it; you married a chicken-sander!

  4. January 8, 2007 2:45 pm

    Believe me, neither of us will be donning knee pads and refinishing ourselves. We have friends who have gone through the the hell of refinishing themselves. And their advice was unequivocal: get some one else to do it. I’m thinking maybe some undocumented type before John McCain builds my G-D fence.

  5. Duke Ray permalink
    January 9, 2007 5:41 pm

    The Count Lied, Tiles Died!!!

  6. January 9, 2007 7:04 pm

    You chicken-sanding neo-remodelers are all alike. You think you can just hire someone else’s kids to sand and refinish your wood floor while your own kids avoid the dirty work. You seem to think the best trained, most experienced, highest qualified, and most willing are the ones who should work on your floor. What a bunch of bull!

  7. January 9, 2007 10:14 pm

    Consider renting a rotary buffer/cleaner, like the kind janitors use on linoleum/tile cafeteria floors, and then using it to swirl around the goo-gone (and then detergent after that — shopvac is handy here as well). Consider TSP and even concentrated laundry detergent to get up the glue.
    These buffers aren’t too expensive nor too unwieldy and they save a fair amount of work-one’s-fingers-to-the-bone labor. If after you clean things you want to refinish, that’s where things really get very laborious, but you may be able to live with a clean but nonrefinished state.

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