Okay, this is going to be a yucky one – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
When we moved in about two years ago, there was carpet in the living room, the bedrooms and, wait for it, the bathroom.
Like most things in this house, they were all really old as well as dirty and stained. The little dog that the people that lived here before us had, obviously wasn’t house-trained and I don’t really even want to start on what the bathroom carpet was like. Let’s just say, we assume that its original colour was red – but when we moved in was more yellow!
Even before moving in, we removed the carpets. The underlay underneath them must have been ancient, as it almost completely dissolved when ripping up the carpets. It was quite a mess and really smelly. But, the worst was still to come – the smell of urine didn’t go away!
That’s when we realised that the dirt and urine must have soaked right through the carpet into the floorboards. It was absolutely revolting! This is what the bathroom floor looked like.
I’m not sure why anyone would ever lay carpet in a bathroom, it’s so unhygienic! And, after lots of cleaning and scrubbing with bleach, we still couldn’t get rid of the smell. That’s when I tried this really high-tech and complicated easy and cheap solution – bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
First, we sprinkled the bicarbonate of soda over the floorboards, and then drizzled the vinegar on top.
The two immediately reacted with each other and started to foam.
Now for the hard work, we started to scrub the floor and massaged the mixture into the floorboards.
You can almost watch all the dirt bubble up.
Using this method we worked our way along each floorboard and finally wiped away any residue with clean water. That was it! It worked so well, and all the smell was gone after just one application.
We made sure to let the floor dry completely before laying the new vinyl tiles. They were really easy to lay and are much cleaner and more hygienic than the carpet. Here is the result.
It’s only a temporary solution, but at least it’s clean and more importantly it doesn’t smell anymore!