I suppose we’ve been on a bit of a cleaning frenzy. Going back to what I said earlier this week, we’re trying to be mindful of balancing a few things: sanity vs. productiveness and spending money vs. free right now. So, you know what’s (mostly) free?
We cleaned the negative energy out of our home (which, by the way, totally counts; consider us on the smudging train!). We cleaned the chimney (for the minimal cost of this spray). And finally, we pulled our old Flor rug out of hiding and cleaned that too:
We’ve talked before about how much we love Flor (and we still very much do), but we had yet to experience the actual swapping of tiles, the tearing up of tiles and the re-placing of tiles. With our little nook being far from done but so close to okay-for-now, we decided that until we can find something we love for the rug, we should use what we’ve got. We’ve mentioned that our chair is a placeholder, and for a little while, so will be our Flor (this is Roadside Attraction in Frost) – but something we weren’t expecting was that laying down those tiles again wouldn’t be as simple as the first time around.
You know we have a home full of pets, and while we vacuum, dust and keep things clean enough for my type A ways, we quickly realized that these carpet tiles were – let’s get real here – filthy. When it lived in our old living room, we would spot clean spills (and dog drool!), but the wear and tear was very, very noticeable:
We had never thought of it before (although it’s so obvious, isn’t it?), but when you pull up each individual tile for later use, the traffic patterns of the room will be noticeable the moment you lay them back down – unless you, say, label each tile and arrange them in the exact same way. We had plans to clean all the Flor tiles regardless, but numbering them would definitely have made for a less visible worn-in look.
We do have a couple of back-up new tiles (above, the tile on the right was new, whereas the one on the left was most definitely Jack’s favorite place to lay down), but that really just emphasized how run down our Flor was. We spent a good hour cleaning each of our tiles; Scott and I took turns agitating them in the bathtub with running water and a small amount of our DIY suds, then laying them out on towels around the studio and ultimately stacking them on the steps of our ladder (to keep that air circulation flowing).
During the times we were home, we placed a box fan on them to get them as dry as possible, and a couple of days later, they were good to go. Much better!
By no means are they spotless – I suppose we shouldn’t expect them to be. There are still some squares that aren’t quite the vibrant Frost we once had, but it’s close. Close enough.
And so, we have our first rug down! We do like how it looks it with the adjoining living room, but it’s not The One for the nook. When the right rug does come along, maybe this could go… in our bedroom? The guest room?
All this to say, we would definitely suggest labeling your Flor tiles before pulling them up, but we still love the versatility Flor tiles provide – with pattern, color and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to really clean them! Any other Flor users out there? What has your experience been with swapping, tearing up and re-placing of tiles?