Technically, it’s the stairway to the basement, but that would be a far less-catchy song.
The carpet on the stairs was once “white”. It once stuck to the treads instead of rippling and puckering everywhere. Between the damage the cats were doing and the general grossness of the carpet, we decided it was time to go.
As I have allergies and generally we prefer wood we decided to replace the carpet with wooden stairs. We had already pulled up a small section to scope out what we would find and we knew that the treads were likely salvageable.
Once the carpet has been bagged up and placed curbside it’s crucial (if you are us and you know this project will take a month to complete) to pull the staples and check for popped nails so as the kids travel up and down they can do so safely. Also, the spackel and paint drips left behind from the original construction have to be cleaned off. We use a green paint stripper which works like magic without harmful chemicals and noxious fumes.