Friday, January 29, 2016

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 25) @Lowes #2350

Today we finally had our livingroom and dining room chair upholstery steam cleaned by Stanley Steemer.  I almost cried when I first saw what contractors did to my brand new furniture.

I have been inhaling this dust for weeks.  It finally looks normal again. Thank you Stanley Steemer!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 42) @Lowes #2350

Today, We had our brand new GE 1/2-Hp Noise Insulation Garbage Disposal Item #:362721 Model #: GFC525V bought and installed @Lowes. 

The install was quick and it works perfectly.  Our 10 year old disposal was 1/3-Hp and had become basically useless.  

One of the features this new disposal has is a removable splash guard, my old one did not and was impossible to sanitize.  While this new one is touted as having noise insulation, it's just as loud the older model.  But at least it gets the job done 🤗

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 30) @Lowes #2350

Well, it seems that the damage done to my grout is irreversible.  No amount of vinegar and scrubbing is going to restore it to the way it should have been had it been done properly in the beginning.  Out of sheer frustration, I agreed to let them try epoxy in my closet so I can see what it would look like.  I have been vehemently opposed to any type of stain/epoxy because I think I should get the floor I paid for.  

If we don't like the way my closet looks, there will be no other choice but to regrout.  What a mess!

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 29) @Lowes #2350

They scrubbing they did in the bedrooms did not work 🙄

The grout looks somewhat better.  There is still a silver haze over some and some areas showed no change.  I texted Hugo at American Floors Inc to let him know.  When he arrived at the house he brought an additional worker and said he would try rubbing the grout with dry towels to get the grout cleaned.  

They spent all day rubbing lines of grout with a dry towel.  Meanwhile, another worker repeated another scrub in the bedrooms with vinegar and water solution. 

What an absolute disaster ! We will see what the results are in the morning again!

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 28) @Lowes #2350

We met with Tracey from Lowes.  She took more pictures of the grout, toilets and stains that we left all along our walls.  After she left, Hugo from All American Floors Inc came by along with Another worker who was introduced as a tile expert.  They both agreed that the white grout was actually a haze created by the acid wash which can be removed, leaving our mocha color.

They scrubbed the two guest bedrooms then left for the day to allow it to dry. I guess we'll see if it worked in the morning !

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 27) @Lowes #2350

Today we continued moving our belongings from the garage, back into the house.  We also cleaned up the porch areas.  We rehung some photos that had been removed.  By Noon we took a much needed break from renovations.  

Our 2016 Renovations - Flooring Installation(Day 26) @Lowes #2350

Lowes picked up the remaining unused materials today, we finally have our garage back.  But, they will be back.  Since the acid All American Floors put on my tiles turned my mocha grout white, the grout will have to be removed and replaced with the correct color. So on it goes :(