Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stanley Steamer Gets Carpets Cleaner

This morning I got our carpets professionally steamed cleaned. It's the first time I've ever done that which is surprising for someone like me who is obsessed with keeping everything dirt and dust free. But I guess I just always thought that as long as I kept up with regular dusting, vacuuming and the like then everything would stay sparkly.

On Sunday morning Brian took his weekly jaunt with William to get coffee and doughnuts. William is so familiar with this routine that he runs into our room on the weekends and says, "Go get coffee, daddy?" It's our little weekend indulgence. Well that indulgence turned into a nightmare this weekend when William knocked over my full cup of pumpkin spice latte. It's really not his fault. I was trying to show him something on our digital camera and his still awkward toddler body couldn't make it past the coffee table to the couch without his elbows pointed out. I should have known better and moved the coffee cup to a safer location.

Finger-pointing or not, it took me most of the afternoon on my hands and knees to get the stain to a satisfactory state. But on Monday the sun was shining through the windows and I noticed the yellowish spot. Probably not noticeable by a guest in the house but definitely noticeable to this stay-at-home-all-day mom. So I made the call. I decided to do the whole house because the price was so much more reasonable than I thought. It was under $200 for everything. Plus I've had the joy of singing that Stanley Steamer jingle for the past three days.

It was a bit of a puzzle trying to keep William off the carpets this morning and I'm also going a tad crazy with all of his toys in the dining room until the carpets are drier so I'm recommending an out-of-the-house activity until nap time the next time I do this. But all in all I'm very happy with what my money got me. Maybe it's just my head playing tricks on me or maybe it's buyer's justification but every time I glance at the floors I can't believe how sparkly and clean they look.

The best part of getting my carpets cleaned is that I can't vacuum for two days. And the carpets are too wet for me to be walking around so I'm off the hook for any household chores. I may even join William in that afternoon nap!

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