As he brought in the new (to us) carpet and stood it in the corner of the sun room, he muttered something about being sorry that he wasn't able to vacuum it properly before he rolled it up.
I didn't think much about it until a few days later when I went to unroll it.
I set about it in a husband approved way: I unrolled it upside down first, and vacuumed off the back. Then I slowly rolled it over, vacuuming the furry side and the floor as I went.
Because he hadn't been kidding. It was fairly well full of stuff.
The thing is, it's a shag carpet- an area rug. LONG brown shag carpet.
And while I've noticed that the home fashion industry has done a great job of bringing back all our favourite home fashion statements from such marvelous eras as the 60's and 70's, I haven't seen a lot of the home fashion cleaning implements showing up. Or I'm not looking in the right place. Or I haven't had need of them before now.
We shared in the 70's shag carpet phase when I was a kid, and I can remember having to vacuum that living room carpet (and the orange one in my bedroom....) with a special "fork" attachment. It "clawed" through that shaggy carpet so one could get the bits and pieces from the bottom underneath. It also "raked" it to make it nicely fluffed up.
Not having a "fork" to attach to the vacuum cleaner, I finally took one of the upholstery cleaning implements to it- the sort of long, skinny ended one that you might use to vacuum in the cracks of couches.
With this I was able to go at it with a sort of "liposuction procedure" action. Digging it in there- up and down, sideways. A little patch at a time.
And by golly, two one hour sessions with a break in between got that carpet pretty clean.
I think this is why we haven't bought one of those nice fluffy looking shag carpets from Ikea... the voice of cleaning reason!
I think I will leave it in the sun room. It makes the chair corner look like a cozy chair corner, and not so much like chairs in a corner. It might also induce children to stay in there and play with the toys. Toy playing is always a much nicer prospect when there is a soft carpet to kneel on.
And it's only taken about 24 hours for my arms to stop hurting so much...