I decided to pull off the carpet from my stairs and second landing a few weeks ago. I had no idea how big the project was going to be until the carpet was off. There was so much dirt under the carpet, I decided I’m never putting it down again. Pretty gross!!!
After I pulled out a million tacks and hammered down some old nails, I realized the floor underneath wasn’t terrible, but still needs a lot of work. I swept up the dirt about 50 times, and then painted the risers white, to look a little better.
Now I’m working on sanding. And it’s taking forreevveerrrrrr! I have a square hand sander that kicks up so much dust, I have to do it in short increments. Once I’m done with that, I’m going to put on a couple poly coats — not too interested in staining it, since it’ll match the rest of the hardwood with just the poly. I’ll post more pictures when I get further!