9/19/08

The Housecleaning Saga

Okay, I have to admit that Kirby really freaked me out when he referenced "nesting". Got me all counting back the days, checking my "symptoms", basically freaking out.

And I have come to the conclusion that I am just trying to be a better "wife" and mom. Let's face it, the old adage is right, "a clean home is a happy home". When things are clean and not cluttered our house works better. So this has been my goal this week.

Today, I cleaned the living room carpet. WTF was I thinking? More importantly, WTF was our landlord thinking when they put light beige carpet in a 4 bedroom apartment - with carpeted stairs at the entry way...seriously!

Here is what I have managed to accomplish:

-I ran my big toe over with The Kirby vacuum cleaner

-I used an entire bottle of cleaner with (what I consider) very little result

-I have given myself blisters on my right hand (eh, SO not good ESPECIALLY when your hands are YOUR JOB)

-I wasted an afternoon on my hands and knees scrubbing or standing and pushing a steam cleaner back and forth in a "slow repetitive" motion per instructions

Honestly, the carpet where we don't walk everyday looks PERFECT. Someone could look at that carpet and wonder if it has just been installed. Of course, that carpet lives behind the TV...therefore NOBODY EVER SEES IT.

The carpet where we DO walk is another story. It doesn't look a whole lot better than it did BEFORE I spent the entire afternoon cleaning it.

The first four months that we lived here whenever we vacuumed we noticed that the bag was full of fluff - like carpet fluff. Not a little but a full freaking bag. The high traffic areas look like they have been in the house for years when, actually, they were put in right before we moved in (less then two years ago). I am thinking the carpet sucks.

I have come to the decision that cleaning carpets is not worth the agony.

On to the kitchen floor...

6 comments:

verygoodyear said...

Good luck! My least favourite thing to clean has to be the oven... last time I did it, I broke the thermometer clean off :O

Lex the mom said...

I purposely had dark brown carpet put in here when we were choosing stuff prior to the build. It matters not! Everything can still be seen - especially when the carpet is crap.

At our old house, we had beige carpet so I bought a handy bissell steam cleaner (the smaller version for $50) and that is one amazing piece of equipment. I spilled dark blue latex paint in my boys' room (I stepped in the pan...DOH!) and that baby cleaned it up perfect! I was floored that no blue was visible at all! I can't tell you how glad I was to have it - but I need to run it through here again. The only drawback of it is you have to empty and refill it often. It's worth it.

Who told you keeping a clean house was a wifely duty? I think I need to hunt that MAN down. ;)

Heather said...

I couldn't agree more. The Kirby does nothing and the carpet fluff is pretty typical of builders grade carpeting. We have it in our house and I hate it. It looks awful all the time. I feel your pain, sister.

Christy said...

Yay! I have internet back!! Woohoo! It's been a whole freakin' week! I missed ya!

Carpet cleaning SUCKS ASS! I have 2 dogs & 2 cats, so I do it fairly often so I don't get grossed out about the thought of all the hair and dander! It usually looks better for a while--but it still sucks!

WheresMyAngels said...

I'm going to have to replace our carpet before we move. It is an ugly purple, it is the type of carpet that never show stains if "Normal" people had it. But noooooooooo, my four year old has dumped 3 bottles of glue on it (I didn't find out til it was dry), my husband put duct tape on it for a few years to hold down some cords, now all that sticky stuff won't come up. Then there are the countless stains all over! Grrrrr

Twenty Four At Heart said...

You certainly are on a roll lately! My carpet is gross. And now because I read this, I have to clean it. Thanks a lot!!!!!!