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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 - 3 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

Carpet common?

So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
posted by usermac on Jul 20, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I get slippery shoes?

I have carpet in my apartment and I like to dance I would like to be barefooted but the carpet makes it difficult to spin. What can I wear on my feet for anti traction? [more inside]
posted by ibakecake on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Help. Cat pee is ruining my life.

What to do about a possibly pre-existing pet urine stain that has soaked through the carpeting in our rental apartment? Especially since our cat has found the spot and is exacerbating the problem with her own urine! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on May 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Bad Idea? Probably. Do It Anyway? Probably

Hardwoods under my yucky carpet. Just how big a pain in the ass is this going to be? DIY version. [more inside]
posted by space_cookie on May 5, 2012 - 27 answers

How to remove urine from carpet to pass black-light inspection?

Need advice for getting urine (and other?) out of carpet for blacklight inspection by landlord!! [more inside]
posted by starfyr on Jan 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Carpet installation in Seattle?

Carpet installation in Seattle? Experiences with Empire or other? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jan 25, 2012 - 3 answers

The ever-so-slightly-split-level living room

My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jan 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Carpet matching the drapes - I mean paint?

Choosing paint and carpet for my new apartment - with spilly, crawly kids - help! [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Flooring Ideas for a Basement?

What is the best flooring for a basement? Has anyone had experience with the wood-like laminate? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 27, 2011 - 15 answers

Clean my carpet?

Puff paint on carpet: any magic tips? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Dec 24, 2011 - 2 answers

To fight the bug, we must understand the bug.

How do I ensure carpet beetles won't destroy my clothing? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Dec 15, 2011 - 6 answers

out out spot

What do I use to clean kool aid from carpets? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How to remove deep iodine stain in carpet?

How do I clean thick, dried povidone iodine (Betadine) out of a carpet? Is it possible without spreading the stain everywhere? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Dec 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly?

What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Oct 22, 2011 - 19 answers

More like D'oh!-lefin, amirite?

I did a Dumb Thing. Involving an iron. And some carpet. Please help! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Well, I didn't see that coming...

What do I do about spilled paint on the carpet. Well beyond "oops," much more "omgomgomg." [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated on Oct 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Rippled carpet? This is wrong yes?

I had carpets installed on monday. Some ripples have appeared since then. Is this is indicative of faulty workmanship, or something that should calm down over time?
posted by singingfish on Aug 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Will I destroy my carpet?

Our 15-year-old low pile carpet still looks great. I've been hiring a carpet cleaning machine once every year to keep it that way. But the (foam?) rubber backing has begun to crumble and powder. Can I still use the cleaning machine or will this now hasten the carpet's demise?
posted by likeso on Jul 26, 2011 - 2 answers

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...?

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

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