I hate carpet! This is a pretty recent revelation for me. I used to think that carpets made a house more "homey", but now I think carpet is just plain gross. We vacuum several times a week because of all of the dog and cat hair, and I am disgusted at how much dust comes out of the carpet every single time, even if we had just vacuumed a day or two prior.
Every floor in my house is covered with carpet, with the exception of the bathrooms and the kitchen. When we built the house, we didn't want to pay the builder's ridiculously marked up prices for upgrades, so we just went with carpet with the thought that we could add hardwood later for a lot less money. Needless to say, that hasn't happened. So here we are, over seven years later, with the same cheap carpet that the builders put in. We did have new carpet put in the kids' rooms each time I was pregnant, but that is it. So the seven year old carpet is pretty nasty looking. It has been spilled on and thrown up on more times than I can count, and you could probably have a fun game of connect the dots with all of the stains.
Even worse? Last Saturday we were stuck in the house because of the rain all day and Bryce was running around with no shoes on. Later on in the day when I went to get him dressed, his feet were filthy! It grossed me out completely. Blech. I actually can't believe I even told you all that, because it is embarrassing. We're really not dirty people, I promise. It's just the carpet.
So guess what is on the top of Brian's to-do list while the rest of us are in Alabama next weekend? That's right, cleaning the carpets. Now, we probably need to hire a carpet cleaner to really clean the carpets well, but it is hard to fit that into our schedule, since we're never home. Instead, Brian will dust off our carpet cleaner and do the best he can. It has to help some, right? I just don't want to see dirty little feet anymore.
Now that I'm truly disgusted with the carpet in our house, I have been thinking about the other surfaces. We have a cleaning lady who comes every two weeks and gets everything really clean, but there are some areas that you really don't think about when it comes to routine cleaning. The builders obviously didn't seal the grout in the tile, because that isn't looking so hot these days. For that, though, we would probably need to hire a steam cleaner to really get in all the crevices, so that will just have to wait. But the rest of it we can do. We need to get up on top of all of the cabinets and the plant shelves and really give those a good cleaning. We need to wipe down all of the blinds and wash the curtains in the family room. And our patio could really use a pressure wash.
Hmmm, it looks like Brian's to-do list just got a little bit longer. He might want to reconsider and take the road trip to Alabama with us after all!
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