Big black stuff on the hardwoods.

Wow!  What a weekend!  The workers are now GONE (as of about 7 pm last night).  The boxes are gone from our bedroom.  The living room is looking a little like a living room.  There is food in the pantry.  Things are coming together!

I have been meaning to tell you about the floors in our house.  Other than the bathrooms and kitchen, the place has wonderful, original oak floors.  3/4 in. thick (standard) by 2 1/4 in. wide.  They are in good condition, with one exception.  Scott was not sure whether he needed to refinish them and actually thought that would be the first project he tackled on his week of vacation.  He researched it.  He figured out what he needed.  He worried over whether he could accomplish the task.

Then we visited the house again two days before closing and decided that the floors did not need refinishing.

But then we went to the house after closing, after the sellers had moved their stuff out and saw black stuff on the floor in the living room which had been covered with an area rug.

What do we do about that?

We agreed to call a floor expert to help us decide what needed to be done.  Our friend Brandon is our go-to guy for all things related to house help.  He told us to call Gary at Austin Custom Floors.

And so we did.

Gary is our hero.  He told us to go to Home Depot, buy some mineral spirits, and start scrubbing.  He said in a very thick Texas draw, “These floors.  These are great.  You don’t need me.  You just have a little work to do.  Call me in 5 years when we need to refinish these guys.”  But he also told us he had never seen this before.

Bless you Gary.  He is the one house-type guy who has come to the house thus far who has not needed to be paid for his time.

We did need a little steel wool to really get the gunk gone.  We found that scrubbing with steel wool loosened the gunk, and then we wiped it with a rag and it was good to go.  It was hard, but totally doable.

The result of his advice?

The white stuff was just residue.  The mineral spirits took off the finish entirely but we will put a rug down after we mop with murphy’s oil soap.  It was on the list for the weekend but we didn’t get to it.  Now it looks like this.

In other news, our closet and pantry are organized.  Mom came over to help.  And Dad came over to move furniture.  Moving furniture is hard.

This is the best these spaces are ever going to look!

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2 responses to “Big black stuff on the hardwoods.

  1. Carrie Semple

    Wow! Amazing what an honest contractor and elbow grease can accomplish! Everything looks so great!

  2. I agree with Carrie. That looks fantastic and I garuntee that if and when you decide to get the floors redone you’ll call that contactor first. Can’t wait to see it in peron.