Monday, February 19, 2018
Although it's much smaller than our current house, it seems to be absorbing things well enough so far.
Saturday we rented a friend's son-in-law for the day so that Mario would have help removing the first floor carpet and pad. They knocked that out really quickly and managed to get the drop ceiling out of the two rooms on the second floor before we had to return him. I got the kitchen painted while they were doing all that.
The only thing slowing down progress right now is the remaining gunk on the living room and dining room hardwood floors. The carpet was laid in 1968, and despite nearly 50 years of use, it was still in really good shape (though a totally different color than it was originally, which we only realized when the sofa came out). The pad also seemed pretty springy, but when it was pulled out, it was obvious that 50 years of foot traffic and yearly rug shampooing had caused some of the foam pad to stick to the hardwood.
Other than that, the wood is in excellent condition, still with a nice shellac shine. I just spent a good 4 hours yesterday squatting, kneeling and lying on the dining room floor with a pastry cutter, which turned out to be the best implement on hand to scrape with. I tried wetting the dried foam with a solution of dish soap and water, and that helped a bit. Someone else suggested vinegar and water, on the assumption that vinegar cuts almost anything. Another person suggested wallpaper stripper as a non-toxic option that removes unpleasant dried-on substances.
I'm open to other suggestions, if anyone has one. What would you use to soften dried-on, dried-out carpet padding stuck to shellacked floors?