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In preparation for our kitchen being built in a few weeks, and as the pouring rain stymied our afternoon garden plans, we have begun taking up the flooring in the kitchen/dining/bedroom. As you can see in the photo the current floor covering is a fetching mix of carpet offcuts (with and without underlay) and rush-mat-effect lino. Getting the carpet up is easy as it is only attached with duct tape and in places the lino is a doddle but at the joins and in high-traffic areas it has been stuck down with a weird bonding glue.

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In these patches we are using brute force and paint scrapers to lift it up and then a heat paint stripping gun to dissolve the remnants. Then it needs a quick sand. There is also a weird patch that needs a bit of chiseling.

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We will then clean and seal the stone floors…Phew!

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