When my kitchen units went in, we cut the vinyl flooring well back from the base units, knowing that I was going to get new flooring in. Underneath were vinyl tiles, glued firmly to the floor, covered in a thick layer of grime that had crept under the top layer over the last 10-20 years.
At the time, I had a mop at it, but it was inground, and stuck in and around the edging tape that had been used to hold the floor covering in place – the mop wouldn’t touch it. So I thought “Oh well, I’ll leave it like that, it won’t be long”. So I have been living with an inch or so of grimy border around my kitchen floor.
But it has been a few months, and every time I spend any time in the kitchen, it bugs me. I can clean my cooker and wipe down the tops, but the floor is still a mess. So even though my new flooring is only a few weeks away (ordered, awaiting delivery and fitting), I’ve spent this afternoon on my knees with scourers and (the clincher) steel wool. I’ve been at it for a couple of hours, and although the floor is still tatty, it is a bit cleaner, and will be more so after I finish off with the mop.
It does seems a bit of a waste of time, as the mucky tiles are due to be removed completely and the flloor refinished; and, after all, the grime has always been there in my kitchen, I just didn’t know it was there. But getting it cleared up has made me ridiculously content, albeit slightly irritated along the lines of “that didn’t take long, why didn’t I do that before?”