What can we do with an older house with carpeted hardwood floors?
March 20, 2011 7:36 AM Subscribe
My wife and I are about to close on a house. Most of the rooms are carpeted and we're wondering what we should do; we'd like to rip out the carpets but are worried that the hardwood floors underneath (assuming that the floors are
hardwood) might be covered with lead-based paint. Also, we pretty much have less than one month to do the floors.
posted by Deathalicious to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We were able to pull up a very small amount of the carpet (less than 1/2 sq. ft) and that part was definitely hardwood flooring, but it also looked to have some paint on it as well. There's no way to know if the paint that was visible was lead-based and/or if the entire floor was painted.
We would love to have carpet-free flooring but don't want to rip out the carpet only to find out our only option is putting some kind of carpet back on
. My wife is pregnant so that is a serious concern as well.
We get ownership of the house at the start of April and have to be moved in before May. So everything would have to be done that month. The house is nearby so it would not be a problem for me to get there most evenings if there is a DIY option.
Looks like the total flooring is a little under 1000 sq ft over three floors of the house (there is also an unfinished basement). Our budget is extremely limited but we are also very safety/risk conscious so health is a priority over cost.