Do you dust or vacuum? I don’t care what gender you are. That makes you a housewife.
This blog is for you.
In a recent digression from my usual book blogging, “Bad Housewife: Episode 1,” I mused about dusting louvered doors (doors with slats). After reading 14 pages in a book about housework and learning that I was polluting the air with allergens by not dusting every day, I finally gleaned that a small paint brush (as in a watercolors box) might reach the dust in the slats. Somehow I’ve never been near an art store or a hardware store since then. Hardware store? Six blocks away. Why didn’t I get on my bike…? I just can’t tell you.
Instead, I did some interior decorating to distract myself.
This summer we pulled up a carpet that was, according to a carpet expert, the original carpet of the house from the 1930s. Somebody in the 1930s wanted a really ugly carpet to cover the wooden floors.
I had dreams of refinishing the floors.
And when we pulled up the carpet, there it was. A wooden floor.
Excitedly I called a flooring store, only to learn that it would take six days of applying sheets of toxic chemicals to refinish the floor, and that we would have to go to a hotel because we wouldn’t be able to leap giant steps across the room to get to our bathroom.
Oh, dear, this didn’t exactly sound like us. Moving the bookcases had taken it out of us, and we didn’t feel like staying at the local Holiday Inn. So I threw some throw rugs down. Only the wooden floor was in pretty bad shape.
So then we decided on a carpet.
So many choices. We browsed at a big DIY store, and discovered we could get (a) nylon carpet; (b) a carpet made from recycled bottles; (c) a carpet made from corn.
Don’t fool yourselves. All those substances pollute. To make the fabric from plastic bottles or corn, those factories are emitting chemicals.
But we went with the carpet made from recycled bottles. I consulted an environmentalist, and that was his random answer. He said the recycled bottles and corn emitted fewer chemicals than the nylon.
And do you know how much difference a new carpet makes? I LOVE MY CARPET. It’s all about the carpet now. Everybody comes into the house and says, “This house looks so nice.”
Yeah, nobody looks at the louvered doors.
We even got a good pad, so it’s so comfortable to walk on.
It reminds me of my mother’s house. Yes, I can walk in now and am in a lovely space.
I even got the color I wanted. Not the neutral we usually go with. But I won’t tell you the color. I’ll just let you imagine whatever color you really like.
Now the question is: how do I keep it really clean? I’m obsessed with vacuuming. I am vacuuming every day. I’m not going into corners, but I am vacuuming the main space. Will this keep it clean? And does anybody know of a really good type of vacuum cleaner? Because I think I need one.
Tell me how to keep my carpet clean. Oh, I know you’re readers, not housewives. If I weren’t a reader, maybe I’d know how to clean.