Re-Furnishing the Conservatory

Starting from bottom to top, now that the floor is finished in the conservatory, we’re putting the furniture back in a piece at a time.

Time to furnish the conservatory.
Time to furnish the conservatory.

Charlie began by vacuuming the rug and rug pad completely.

I've had this awkward-to-use rug shampooer for decades.
I’ve had this awkward-to-use rug shampooer for decades.

I pulled out my old Bissell rug cleaner and shampooed the rug.

I'd like to start with a truly clean rug on this new floor.
I’d like to start with a truly clean rug on this new floor.

This convinced me that my old machine was ready for the dumpster.  It leaked and when I tried to use it on the upholstered love seats it squirted all over the place.

This upright Bissell is self-contained.
This upright Bissell is self-contained.

My friend let me borrow her newer-model upright Bissell.  It’s much easier to use because it doesn’t hook up to the sink.  I changed the water twice in the canister.  Even though I had already shampooed once, more grit and dirt came out of the fibers.

The love seats have been mildly cleaned and their slipcovers are in the laundry.
The love seats have been mildly cleaned and their slipcovers are in the laundry.

I also used this machine on my love seats.  The original white wool upholstery will never come clean but it did release some dirt.

I'll replace the flowered slipcovers on the loveseats.
I’ll replace the flowered slipcovers on the loveseats after they are laundered. (Photo taken before floors, walls, trim, and paint.)

Next project is to put the slipcovers back on the loveseats.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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