Tap Water and Dove Soap.
It turns out soap and water actually go a long way. 43 years of dirt and grime came off easily as I started working on the exterior of the cart....wow. It's the littlest things that make the biggest impact! Travis and I had a little more time on our hands to work on the cart last week (and minimal rain!) so we were able to get a few things done. Working after "work" and crunching everything into a few daylight hours is just another obstacle we will have to overcome. It's worth it when you can see the results instantly...
Here are a couple "before" shots of our floor. We had to fill the cracks with putty, calk and cement before we got started on the fun stuff.
One of the interesting things about doing a project like this for the first time is all the important things you have NO IDEA about until a professional steps in to help. Like whether or not the cart is LEVEL. Finding the center of the floor and working from the INSIDE, OUT. Completing the foundation and making sure everything is sealed and water tight...(kind of a big deal in Portland, Oregon it turns out...) Me being a rookie, I just want to DO everything and make it look NICE, and FINISHED, and PRETTY.
Well....this is a start!! We love our floors! (Thank you Rasuli and PREM) These are simple, adhesive laminate squares that we reinforced with additional spray adhesive to the wood floor. The transformation was instant! It's all coming along and improving every day...
I know we have a long way to go, but I'm glad we're getting closer to "pretty."