My Husband and I have just brought a house! Yes, thank you we are very excited too. This blog was started as part of a design project for renovations at Uni. I am studying architectural design. However I have since become so interested in the way people use their homes, the things they choose to put inside them and how they treat them. I have become obsessed with homes and houses.Туляремия
So when we brought our our home, I was thrilled at the chance to start from scratch with everything. To choose wisely, to treat our home well from the start and really think about how we were going to live in this space, and hopefully share everything I have learnt with you. Here on my website I plan to document everything and share it with you guys. I am going from theory into practice, and I am very excited about the adventure.
Eventually we plan to completely renovate the whole house into an amazing dreamy-stylish-yet-budget-yet-glamourous home (My words not his) That is the long term plan. For the moment, after spending such a huge amount of money on the deposit, legal fees and odd taxes that feel like bribes; we are out of cash. So what is the first thing we are going to do with out very run down old renovators dream. We are going to clean it – From top to bottom.
We are getting the carpet professionally cleaned, and I am in charge of cleaning the windows and walls. For now we just need to make the place comfortably and ours. I am convinced that the last people to live in the house were smokers, and if all the windows are closed for a day you can smell it. The house is filthy, and now that the last tenant is out of the house, we can actually see where the furniture used to be on the ground, and there are pathways of dirt, navigating the clean areas.
Our renovations will come later. We are nervous about the potential cost as we already know that there is a lot of asbestos in the walls that needs to be removed. When we had a building inspection the guys have told us that there is asbestos in a few of the wall, which now have to come out (and yes that will cost a huge amount) So here we go…First things first.
It is very clear to us that we have to get the carpets cleaned before we can move any of our furniture into the house. We knew that already. But did you know that dirty carpet actually wears out faster than clean carpet? Crazy right? I have read that dirty carpet, because it is full of really course material, will actually wear out faster than clean carpet. It is because when you walk on dirty carpet, you actually rub the fibres against the sand and dirt which is similar to the action of sand paper. By leaving the dirty and sand and dust and grit in your carpets, you are actually going to wear them out faster than if the carpets had been cleaned properly.
This is what I mean about people not knowing how to take care of their homes. It is crazy how little we know about the places that we spend the most amount of time in.
There is so much carpet in our new house, even the bathroom and upstairs toilet. Whoever built this house obviously loved their carpets. I have already vacuumed the whole house to get rid of the dust and big chunks of dirt but I am imagining them all flying out on the air that is blown out of the vacuum as I cruse around the house. Our carpets actually need to be washed. Vacuum cleaners are grose.
The bacteria that you suck up in to your vacuum cleaner actually stays alive inside the bag for up to two months. there is food and warmth and a nice little nest in there. Microbiologists have identified the air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges and towel, kitchen sinks, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.
Cleaning your carpets professional will not just suck all the dust out but actually wash the carpets and kill all the bacteria and germs that live in the carpet and get on your clothes and feet. Steam cleaning the carpets at least once a year is recommended by anyone who knows anything about carpet care (twice a year if you can afford it).
Other facts about dirty carpets, if you need help convincing your significant other to get the carpets professionally cleaned before you move into your new house…
Our carpets are being cleaned later next week and then it is time to actually move it. We are getting carpets cleaners down from Sydney as it will be cheaper than using the Carpet cleaners here in Wollongong. Can’t wait. then it will be onto painting the walls, fixing the flooring and designing our beautiful home from within. The fun parts.