My carpet is a smorgasbord: dirt, glue, paint, chocolate, raspberry jam. In addition, my one-year-old has been in a drink dumping phase for the past year.
I also heard a news report about lead on carpets. Apparently it’s possible for lead to be tracked in when people wear shoes on the carpet.
And, my three-year-old recently got over a stage where he would have daily potty accidents, then tell no one! All this could only mean…
it was time.
My husband called up a guy. A great deal! Seven rooms, stairs, and couch for a somewhat extraordinary price. We set a date. My toddler whipped off his diaper the day before and whizzed on his bedroom carpet, as if to confirm our decision.
The guys showed up and went to work–selling me.
“Now you’re going to want to sanitize everything. That’s only an additional $49.”
“That couch your husband told us about is much bigger than we understood. I’ll do the whole thing for another $30. And that’s such a great deal.”
“Also, there’s no way we can get all those stains out without our special power scrub system, only $35 and your carpet will look as good as new!”
I gave in to the pressure! Thinking about all the potty accidents put me over the edge.
They went to work. He made sure to show me the large pinkish stain in my living room. “In addition to the power scrub we’ll need to use our special stain remover to get it out, but I’ll give it to you for free.”
Time to pay. I reconfirmed the total price before writing the check, though it was not enough.
“Oh I forgot to add tax to that. You see we’re a legitimate company and so we have to add the tax, but I didn’t charge you anything for getting that stain out.” So kind.
Next time, it may be wiser (and cheaper) to just have new carpet installed.
Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Keeping a constant eye on my