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The Working White House: Floor Renovation

The Working White House: Floor Renovation

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The Working White House: Floor Renovation

East Room floor renovation, 1977.

One of the maintenance headaches for White House workers is the wear and tear on the wood floors. “When people stopped wearing dress shoes and went to soft-soled shoes we all cheered because we thought this would be great for the floors,” former Chief Usher Gary Walters recalled. “We couldn’t have been more wrong. What happens with soft-soled shoes is that pebbles get embedded in them, so now you’ve got 1,500 people walking through with sandpaper on their feet. It was exactly the opposite of what we expected.”

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