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Ask Flipped: How do I clean under my floors?

And what about what’s under that?

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Dear Flipped,

I got started on a little fall cleaning this weekend. I dusted my shelves, scrubbed my tabletops, mopped my kitchen, vacuumed my carpets, then cleaned the floors under the carpets. But then it occurred to me: how am I supposed to clean whatever is under the floors? And what about what’s under that? And should I be cleaning whatever is above the ceilings and inside the tables and inside the inside of the tables?

Please help,

A reader


Dear Reader,

If you’re going to clean, you might as well clean everything. But fortunately for you, cleaning under the floors is incredibly easy. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Tear up all the floorboards. Make sure you don’t damage them, though, because you are going to want to replace them later.
  2. Get in there with a vacuum and a heavy duty sponge. There will probably be all kinds of stuff under the floorboards: dust, grime, even actual dirt! Bet you’re glad you’re getting rid of it all now.
  3. Get a jackhammer and break through to the next level, whatever that is.
  4. Don’t stop until all the dirt is gone, no matter how far you have to dig.

Hope that helps!


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