If you recall, the first project in our new house was pulling the dirty red carpet off the stairs and the upstairs hallway. We loved doing this. It was so satisfying to pull up nasty carpet and see beautiful hardwood floors underneath.
Well, today I got to pull up more carpet, but the experience wasn't quite as fun. We have (or had) gray carpet on our front porch. The porch is concrete underneath. We hadn't bothered with pulling up the carpet because the outside of the house just hasn't been our priority. What led to the carpet stripping, then? A while back, I started smelling this earthy smell, a smell that reminded me distinctly of the smell in our old apartment when the ceiling fell in because of a water leak. We were freaked out, convinced there was a leak or mold or both. We searched for the source of the smell, but couldn't figure it out. Finally, it occurred to us--the porch carpet. Our window air conditioner drips water onto that stupid carpet, plus it gets wet whenever there's a big, windy rainstorm. One lift of the carpet and it was confirmed. So the carpet had to go before my itchy eyes, sneezing, and headaches drove me crazy.