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My heavy furniture doesn't have feet. How do I protect the carpet?

I need to protect the carpeted floor from some furniture I have. I've got some dressers (MALMs from Ikea) that have a rim around the bottom, rather then a discrete foot. Additionally, I've got a dresser with one long foot the length of the dresser on either side. What can I put under them to protect the floor, and where do I buy it? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Jan 10, 2017 - 14 answers

I just noticed fleas on my indoor cat. Panicking, what to do?

Noticed fleas on my cat and need to know what first steps to take. I have a toddler. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Dec 31, 2016 - 19 answers

Our cat is defecating RIGHT OUTSIDE of his litterbox. How to stop?

Our lovely Russian blue has always had diarrhea, but is usually pretty good with going to the potty in the right spot. Now, however, he has started pooping right next to the litter box, onto the carpet. I sleep with him, and don't want to have to lock him up at night so would like to find a way to nip this issue in the bud. Help? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Aug 24, 2016 - 21 answers

What to do about our long-covered hardwood floors?

Mrs. Lattiboy and I just purchased a house. The previous owner has had the hardwood floors carpeted in 1986. We're getting rid of the carpet and would like advice on what to do to restore them without breaking the bank or breaking my back. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jul 12, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I get beer out of a car's carpet?

A growler exploded in my girlfriend's passenger seat, spilling beer all over. What's the best way to clean it up so that we don't smell it every time it gets warm or humid? Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on May 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Cleaning cat pee from small apartment

Best Cat Ever lost a cancer fight recently. In his last couple of months, he was regularly urinating and sometimes defecating on various parts of my floor. (He had struggled with serious constipation at times, so when this happened, it was enough of an exciting development that I didn't really attempt to stop him.) I did my best with enzyme cleaners, but I wasn't able to keep up with it, and now the whole apartment stinks. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Apr 2, 2016 - 13 answers

To Puke, Perhaps To Clean

My cats' preferred barfatorium is the one carpeted room in the flat. Steam cleaning removes all the stains. I don't own a steam cleaner. Hope me please. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Apr 1, 2016 - 26 answers

Splicing carpet over backing - what's the trick?

I'm installing carpet, and have the tack strips down around the edge of the concrete floor. There is a splice however. Obviously the backing doesn't go over the tack strip. Does it go under the splice? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Feb 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Help for slippery carpeted stairs?

Our landlord put in new carpet just before we moved in, and it's very thick and very slippery, especially the stairs! At least once a week, myself or my husband seems to slip down them. The carpet is soft enough really so we don't hurt ourselves, but we have a new baby coming and this CANNOT happen then. Any ideas for non-permanent solutions? Rubber soled slippers? Carpet treads? Help!
posted by heavenknows on Jan 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking to rent a carpet cleaner on Christmas Eve in Portland Oregon.

People are coming over on Christmas and our carpets are pretty embarrassing. I remember seeing them in Safeway and Albertsons but I don't see them anymore. Does anyone know of a place to rent one for a few hours tomorrow in Portland?
posted by johnpowell on Dec 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Old dog, old kidneys, old carpet, help?

A few years ago we adopted an older dog. She's now an elderly dog. She has a kidney condition that makes her drink massive amounts of water, and she goes through periods where she'll pee in the house. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Nov 26, 2015 - 18 answers

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Give me Liberty! Give me rug!

Where can I buy this rug? It is no longer for sale from the manufacturer, and I've struck out on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jun 3, 2015 - 2 answers

rough / abraded upholstery after professional cleaning - is this normal?

We just had our couch, ottoman and thick, dense rug professionally cleaned. Now the couch and ottoman have a rough, crusty texture that the carpet guy said "will go away with use" - but they're pretty unpleasant to sit on right now. Both couch and rug look aged - like they were scraped pretty harshly. Is this normal? I was hoping having them cleaned would lengthen their lives, not shorten them. If not, what should I look out for to select a better cleaner next time? This outfit had pretty good yelp reviews. [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Eco-Friendly carpet... with pets?

When we moved into our fixer-upper, the carpeting upstairs was new but obviously cheap. Over a decade later, it's atrocious, and we'd like to do the right thing environmentally as we replace it. [more inside]
posted by Arch1 on May 29, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I figure out if a rug is handknotted or not?

I'm thinking about buying a used rug on craigslist. I realize that buying rugs are perilous, and will be purchasing something I think looks attractive on my floor rather than worrying about whether I'm getting an authentic or valuable rug. But I'd still like to know if a rug is actually hand knotted or not. Bonus question: is there a good way to tell if flatwoven rugs are handmade?
posted by arnicae on Apr 18, 2015 - 1 answer

How to handle this carpet damage vis-a-vis my landlords?

The carpet in my rented apartment has two patches of damage. One was caused by my cat, one might be normal wear and tear though I'm not sure. What are my obligations / rights as a tenant in Berkeley, CA? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Liquid ink on my white carpet....help!

My monster dogs just chewed a pack of neon blue liquid ink pens on my very light carpet. There are several dark ink blobs and other smeared patches. I'm afraid to touch it to even start cleaning it up. What can anybody recommend. Bonus points for how to clean a white (now spotted blue) bull terrier!
posted by Coffee Bean on Oct 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Help us get the cat pee smell out of our basement!

We just moved into a brand new house that we love, but one of our cats peed in the basement and its making the entire house smell awful! [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Oct 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Please help me find the perfect doormat.

I need a new doormat to go inside my front door. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on May 8, 2014 - 6 answers

I love my dog, but when she was a puppy, she was a carpet eating fiend.

I am renting an apartment and have been here for about a year a half. I don't plan to leave for at least a few more years. About six months after I moved in, this little terror tore up two spots of carpet directly in front of my bedroom door. I have covered these two spots with a throw rug for the past year, but the fact that they're there is driving me bonkers. I want to repair them using remnant pieces of the carpet. Problem: I don't have any remnant pieces of the carpet. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Apr 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Teflon sticky tape? Or - how do I make this floor mat glide?

Is there something like a teflon sticky tape - sticky on one side, Teflon on the other - that I can attach to this floor mat so I can move it around easily throughout the day? More details... [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Feb 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Tile in living room: fugly or nice?

I am getting rid of the horrible pet-stained carpet in my living room and am considering replacing it with tile. Is this a completely crazy idea? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Variations on cat pee + carpet + pulling out my hair

We recently discovered that my cat has been peeing consistently on the carpeted floor behind a bookcase in our rental apartment. The bookcase is ruined, but what can we do about the carpet to keep our security deposit bleeding to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Nov 16, 2013 - 9 answers

UK: "Standard" deposit deductions for cleaning a newly-fit carpet?

This is a UK question! I just left the UK along with my old rented flat. My landlord is suggesting some "standard" deductions for cleaning the carpets "because they were newly fitted just before checking in". Can they base this on anything?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2013 - 8 answers

My cat is taking out its frustration on the carpet. How do I stop it?

This didn't used to be a problem, but my cat vigorously attacks the carpeting. I have cardboard scratching boards all over, which she has been happy to use in the past, especially where she likes to scratch. She doesn't care, she scratches right next to them, even after I spray her with water and yell 'no!', and pet her when she does actually use the boards. [more inside]
posted by Hither on Oct 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Cats! This behavior is unacceptable!

Cats are deliberately avoiding the litter boxes: how do we get them to stop? (Obligatory photos and snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Sep 24, 2013 - 26 answers

What's the name of this particular type of cotton rug?

I'm trying to figure out what this particular type of cotton rug is called, so that I can Google it or search for it at other stores. It's a very particular style and I've seen it in a lot of places, but every time I've seen it it's just been called a "cotton rug" or given some marketing name. Does anybody know?
posted by mekily on Sep 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me Allergy-Proof my room!

I'll be staying at my mom's house for a couple of months, in my old room. My allergies have been going bat**** crazy for the past week, and as a result I am getting a horrible night's sleep. Sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat, the works. Please help me Allergy-Proof my room so I can return to some semblance of normalcy. Picture + details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Watermelon explosion - how to get the smell out of my carpet?!

I had a watermelon sitting on the desk. It was hot and humid, and the watermelon exploded landing watermelon gunk everywhere - on the desk, the walls, the carpet. I cleaned it all up immediately and washed part of the carpet that had the spills with soap and water. All seemed OK, until this morning when its begun smelling, really bad. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by greta_01 on Sep 11, 2013 - 12 answers

How best to clean the carpet nearest my baseboards?

I have off-white carpeting throughout most of my condo. I vacuum and steam-clean the carpet as necessary but a back problem has made on-going vacuum attachment attention problematic. I now have a dark margin along my baseboards that I am unhappy about. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Sep 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Is Bissell carpet shampoo worth it?

We just rented a Bissell carpet cleaner and the shampoo was $22 per 32 oz. bottle. Over on the shelf they have some other brand for $10. I think I know the answer to this, but is the Bissell shampoo really better? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 27, 2013 - 8 answers

dog, diarrhea, beige carpeting, not a great morning

My dog had diarrhea sometime overnight on our (new!!!!) beige carpeting (I've found advice for white). I am about to go to WalMart and Petco to buy whatever I need. What do I need? I want to clean it today so it doesn't set permanently. I'm willing to throw any amount of money at it. I also have a bissell little green proheat deep reach. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Landlord does not want tenant to have the carpets professionally cleaned

She is willing to pay for it. We (her friends, who are staging an intervention of sorts) feel landlord is being ridiculous. I'm asking on her behalf because 1) I'm taking this sooo personally because I don't think the situation is fair; This to me is no longer about a mouse, it's about a control freak landlord, but anyway. and 2) I also don't think it can wait for her to sign up on AskMeFi and wait the one week it takes for her to ask it herself. Way forward? [more inside]
posted by lilacp on Apr 26, 2013 - 76 answers

Looking for Carpet Cleaner recommendations.

I'm about to buy a carpet cleaner but have done way too much research on the subject and have lost myself in sea of conflicting reviews and comparisons and now have no idea what to get so I thought I'd turn to you guys for help. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Apr 22, 2013 - 6 answers

How to tell if your carpet was ruined by water

With all the rain we had this week our sump pumps (2 pits, 3 pumps total) were not able to keep up and our carpet in the basement ended up taking on water. The wet carpet was confined to the perimeter of a family room and a closet. Other parts of the basement became damp, but they were tile or concrete. The water was never above the carpet. My question is: how can I tell if it's ruined or not? If I can't tell, how can I find an unbiased expert opinion? Does homeowner's insurance typically help replace carpet lost to excess rain? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Reflooring part of a rental property (kitchen and living room).

My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to remove the smell of decaying leaves from minivan carpet?

I carried a few contractor bags full of decaying leaves to a disposal facility. The bags had been rained on and some of the goop inside leaked out onto the carpet of my minivan. The van smells like, well, decaying organic matter. It's awful. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Mar 28, 2013 - 4 answers

My house smells like death.

Last weekend, my parents gave my wife and I their old 10'x12' rug and the rubber pad that goes beneath it. It really ties the room together. But there is a problem: the rubber pad is emitting a horrible, disgusting, rubbery smell. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Feb 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Selling a Chinese Rug

Please help me sell a Chinese rug that I have inherited. [more inside]
posted by Amplify on Jan 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Atypical carpet pitfalls?

Can I semi-permanently install carpet this way? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jan 5, 2013 - 20 answers

comfy rug for comfy feet

I want a comfy, comfy rug that is soft and feels nice on my feet. I would also like it to look nice! Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Dec 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Need carpet cleaning tips

We have white carpets. They suck. Please help me use a borrowed Bissell carpet-cleaning machine to best effect. [more inside]
posted by bq on Dec 4, 2012 - 16 answers

how to clean glass and powder from the carpet in my apartment?

Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Blood of nightingales

What is blood of nightingales dye and/or carpet pattern? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz on Nov 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there ANY reason to go for wall-to-wall carpet?

The house I now own has gross old carpet that I want to rip out and replace with hardwood or Pergo. The family room and kitchen have a beautiful hardwood floor that has lasted for almost 20 years. I am getting a redecorating bee in my bonnet and want hardwood (or at least Pergo) over the rest of the house. Are there any advantages to having wall-to-wall carpet? At all? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Best carpet for a high traffic

Can you recommend carpet for a high traffic sunroom in a home with dogs and young children? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Oct 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Pet Urine Soaked Carpets — Cosmetic or Sanitary?

Urine (pet) saturated carpets in our new apartment. Merely cosmetic? Or is this an un-sanitary living condition? [more inside]
posted by mmdei on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Clean wax out of my carpet?

How to get liquid car wax out of my carpet? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

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