Help me clean my floors!
August 16, 2010 11:43 AM Subscribe
My roommate and her dogs are finally moving out. Now how do I rehabilitate the floors in my house?
posted by elsietheeel to home & garden (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My roommate is a slob. In addition, she has two huskies that shed and are only nominally housebroken. The second she's gone I want to do the best I can to bring my floors back.
1. The carpet in her bedroom and the hallway. It was installed three years ago. It's medium grey, medium pile, no pattern, 100% nylon. It was pretty cheap, but that's not the point. There are several stains due to dog accidents (urine and vomit), cat accidents (vomit), general dirt, food and drink spills, and lip liner.
Should I rent a steam cleaner and do it myself, or hire professionals?
If I hire professionals, do I choose a steam cleaner or a Chem-Dry type service? Should I try to get the stains out myself before they come over or let them do it?
There is no urine odor now (thank god for Nature's Miracle) but I worry that there might be one after a steam cleaning. Should I spray the entire carpet with NM and then steam clean?
I want the carpet as good as new (like it is in MY bedroom) and I'm willing to pay a bit and/or work damn hard to get it there.
2. The hardwood floor in my living/dining room. It's old. It's stained. It's worn. There are bleached out spots due to dog accidents. And the finish is nearly gone at the back door.
I have no illusions that I can get the hardwood looking nice again. But I'd like to improve its appearance at least a little bit. Is there a DIY product that I can use that might help beyond a good mopping and liberal use of floor wax? Renting a sander/buffer is out of the question.