After the marble floors were laid in the house a layer of plaster was poured over the top to act as a protectant for the surface while other work was being done on the house. When I saw the plaster coating the first thing I asked was 'Who is going to remove that?' and Mustafa replied 'We'll hire a black guy (African) or an Egyptian to do it.'
Yesterday we went to the house to remove the plaster... Guess what - I've turned into a black guy... or maybe I'm an Egyptian now! It took us the entire day to clean the plaster off the floors. First we had to pour water on the plaster and then scrape it all up with scrapers. After that we had to pick it all up and haul it outside and then wash the floors with as much clear water as possible. Then came the fun part of pouring on liquid soap and scrubbing the floors. More rinsing followed that.
After all that work there is still a slight film on the floor and some plaster spots that need to be gone over again. Next time - I was too tired after all that!
There's still a lot of work to be done. All the bits and pieces take so much time. It seems everywhere I look there is something unfinished - including the detail on the front door (see above). But for now I am going to try to recover ... I keep checking the mirror to see if I'm a black guy or an Egyptian... oh my aching back!
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