Pet owners' woes over white carpet
This house has light-colored short shag. As I vacuum I often wonder what we were thinking as I grumble about how bad it looks. The berber was purchased in the days of sand from sand boxes and red juice in sippy cups. No amount of vacuuming can pick up sand. I don't care what you say, Mr. Vacuum Cleaner Salesman. And hopefully the pink stains are in places that a plant or chair will conveniently cover. The off-white pile carpet was in a house that had a dirt driveway on a dirt road.
"Put it baaaaack!" I screamed in my mind. After five years the carpet had distinguishable light-colored marks where the furniture sat.
After two tries by the professional, we purchased our own carpet scrubber and found moderate success after three hours and a variety of cleaners — including bleach. I do think this problem could be avoided though. I really believe that carpet salesmen should only be able to sell light-colored carpet when the following questions are answered, the first two in the affirmative and the latter two in the negative:
1. Do you have children living at home?
2. Do you have pets?
3. Do you have a cleaning lady that vacuums at least once per week?
4. Do you have "Stanley Steemer" on retainer?
If your answers are no, no, yes and yes, then you will be allowed to purchase light-colored carpet. If you answer yes, yes, no and no, then you must be guided to the caramel, clay-pot and coffee-colored carpets.
For now I will live with the error of my ways. I will be destined to a life of shame if I cannot learn from my repetitive mistake. Within the next few years, Tom and I are planning to replace the living room carpet. I have my eye on a beautiful taupe-colored loop carpet.
Dawn Hovie is a Charlevoix resident. She is a teacher at Charlevoix Elementary School. Her column appears the fourth Saturday of the month. For this and past columns, visit theflipsidelifeafter40.blogspot.com.