'What's under the carpets?' said he. I shrugged. 'Concrete?' I guessed.
Out came the Stanley knife and up came the corners of various bits of carpet. 'Just as I thought,' said the flooring man. 'Quarry tiles. They're original to these old Victorian farming cottages.'
'So,' said Andy. 'We just rip up the carpets, then, and give them a good clean?'
'Well,' said I, 'it's a lovely thought, apart from the words 'cold,' 'damp' and 'lumpy' that cropped up in the ensuing conversation with the flooring man. Permanent slippers would be the order of the day if we did that. No rugs because rugs would insulate the tiles and prevent them 'breathing' moisture away from the soil upon which they have likely been laid. And there could possibly be trip hazards because they probably haven't got a level sub-floor. But aside from that, yes, restoring the original quarry tiles to their Victorian glory IS an option.'
'Exactly like the ones by the front door,' said I, because we do already have a small area of them. And they are cold. And damp when you have a door mat sitting on top of them. But they're not lumpy. And they are a lovely red, Autumnal colour.
'I suppose the thing to do is take up the carpets and see what they look like,' said Andy.
'Yes,' said I. It is a definite plan.