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Moving from the specific to the general, I am both allergic to cats and habitually view cat owners with what is, in my case quite demonstrably, a healthy degree of suspicion. The previous owners of my house had cats, horrible taste and questionable sanitational habits, which has both conviently reinforced my prior beliefs and required some decisive action on our part with respect to our turning-a-house-into-our-home initiatives.

We’ve had the ductwork cleaned out (something my single data point tells me that all new homeowners should immediately do, let me tell you) which improved the situation quite a bit, but we’ve finally gotten started on pulling up the carpet up off the stairs and second floor.

I have to take an antihistamine to do this work, and all that dust and leftover cat-shedding still makes my skin itch. Even after we shampooed and steam-cleaned the rugs apparently. But let me tell you, what did we find under that carpet, but pristine, untouched hardwood floor. A little bit scuffed, a little bit of paint splatter on it, but beautiful, rich, textured wood that I don’t think has been touched by human feet in twenty or thirty years.

This house is going to look great.

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  1. Sine Nomine

    Congratulations on the hardwood floors.

    What about a garage update???

    Sine Nomine

  2. Mike Hoye

    Yeah, we’re still in a paperwork-related holding pattern on that front. It’s a little distressing, but as soon as we have destroy+rebuild permission from the city, we’re going to be pressing forward. At the moment, we’re still getting quotes from contractors, but it looks (tentatively!) like we’re going to be cashing out the insurance and rebuilding it ourselves.

    Believe me, internet, I’ll keep you informed of any developments on that front.

  3. janice

    Getting rid of carpets is a major step in the right direction for everyone’s health indoors. Carpets with pets no matter how much of a clean freak one may be (one being the pet owner) is a losing proposition.

    If you have more of the carpet tearing up in your future, may I suggest something you no doubt already have been doing, but just in case: a dust mask. It works wonders. I am allergic to dust mites and when I’m doing major dust stirring up activities, remembering to put one on (properly, mind) keeps the nasal irritation down to a low roar.

    Also, another trick I have heard of is to put something up your nose as a barrier to irritants getting to the things that react with histamines (ask your wife the real names). Something non-worrisome like the insides of a Vitamin E gel cap. It gets mucky and you’ll have to expel it eventually, but, hey, if your eyes aren’t puffed up to golfball size – you win!

    Good luck.