The One Thing About Our Home That I Don't Like...

Carpeting... - Carpeting...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
March 10, 2009 9:15am CST
For the most part I really like our apartment. It’s a good size, it’s well insulated, there’s no bugs/rodents, everything works (except the dishwasher), it’s all electric and it’s a good solid apartment. There’s only one thing that I don’t like and that’s the carpet in it. It’s old carpet and it’s some kind of carpet that it seems to attract every stain in the universe. If you sneeze it gets a stain. We’re not allowed to rent a machine to clean it and I haven’t gotten around to buying a steamer yet but really I’d rather they just replace the whole thing b/c it’s loose in a couple spots and I don’t really like the color. It’s a light blue color that kind of looks slate blue now…icky looking. I don’t see how they’d rip it out and replace it with all our stuff in here and I don’t see us moving so I don’t know what will happen. I wish they would have put a dark color carpet in here b/c at least then it wouldn’t look so bad. It’s really the only thing in here that I don’t like. What is one thing you don’t like about your home? Do you plan to change it or live with it? What color carpeting do you have and is it easy to keep clean? [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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• United States
13 Mar 09
there not many things that i dont like about my house the things I dont like are pretty minor and will get changed eventually there is only one thing that i have have to just live with because I cant fix it and that is the fact that i have no basement my carpet is tan BTW and we dont wear our shoes in the house so it pretty much stays clean
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 09
When I moved to my home in 2005 I changed all the flooring quite soon afterwards. I got a hand man to lay down laminate that looks like wood. It is in my lounge, kitchen, hall upstairs, hall downstairs, bedroom one and bedroom two. In my bathroom and white lino that I don't like so I plan to replace it. In my shower room I have green lino that I really like. My sofa is old looking and my dogs have scratched its lower cushions and pushed down the upper cushions. I wish to get it replaced but wonder if there is any point. I have just got a new double patio style door in my lounge. It was expensive so I don't have much money left. I will have to save more money in the near future. I own my house but know living in a rented property the landlord's opinion matters. It is shame about your carpet. I know laminate and lino are so much easier to keep clean than carpet. Carpet can be cleaned but that isn't easy as my flooring to keep clean because it can be washed.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
13 Mar 09
Oh gosh there are loads of things that I do not like about my home but I am intending on hopefully changing a few things this year hehe!! I have a red carpet in my living room, yeah red with 6 people traipsing through it on a daily basis it is so mucky now. I have a carpet cleaner but no matter how much I clean the carpet it never seems to get any cleaner in fact it just makes it stink and look more dirtier. I want it ripping out and I want a brown one, a chocolate brown mind not a yucky brown.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
13 Mar 09
I don't have carpeting. I am allergic to most carpeting except natural fibres. So when I bought my condo I had all the carpeting ripped out and put parquet wood flooring in. It is really nice and easy to keep clean. I have some wool area rugs. What I don't like is my balcony. It has a cement floor, all discoloured and full of little pockets where the cement has deteriorated. It had indoor outdoor carpeting on it but the building management made us take it off. Since the outside of the building is considered "a common element" we have to get approval from the Board to change anything, even the floor of the balcony. I would like to put tiles over the concrete and many people here have done so without permission but a friend who is a real estate agent tells me that when I sell the place I have to sign a document saying that I have not changed the common elements. So I am kind of stuck. I am thinking some wooden planking like a board walk would work but it is expensive and I don't have the money right now.
@littleowl (7157)
10 Mar 09
Hi twoey, the one thing I hate about my house is the carpet, it has been there for about 14yrs now, no matter how many times I have had it cleaned it still looks dirty and am not surprised the age of it! That is the one thing I would like to replace but once again it comes down to the money aspect of it, and as I am on benefits it is difficult to save for a new carpet...hugs littleowl
@jazzsue58 (2672)
11 Mar 09
I'm on benefits too, hopefully not for too much longer, but try out Furnistore in Horley. It's a bit of a drive from Billingshurst but they have brand new rolls of carpet, courtesy of a local trader. Cost is around the £30 a roll mark but benefits claimants get special deals - usually 50% reduction. It's officially a charity but everyone goes there - you see more Mercs and Beamers than anything else outside! They have short opening hours, and rely on volunteers so it's best to phone first - I can pass on more details to whoever wants them. They sell to anyone, not just 'locals', and will deliver to your door for an extra tenner. I doubt they'll deliver as far as Billingshurst, but it's worth renting a van for the day and getting some help - I've furnished my home from there, and what I've put in looks pretty smart! (biggest bargain was 2 matching Old Charm items, a dresser and a sideboard, total cost was around £60) Hey, I drove through your town on my way to see my ex last week!
@littleowl (7157)
11 Mar 09
Hi jazzsue! thanks for your advice I will look them up, its great to know you have been able to furnish your home from there. And its also great to know you don't live that far from me, if you dont mind I will add you as a friend and maybe we will be able to get to know each other better..thanks so much for your advice...hugs littleowl
@jazzsue58 (2672)
11 Mar 09
Glad to be able to help! We're of similar ages too - have already added you to my friends list!
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Hi twoey68! I live in a small house that is adjacent or adjoining to my mother in law's house. We share the same yard. I do love our home because my husband and I decorated and designed it; however it is a little small for us since we have a lot of stuffs. Having a small space and sometimes lack of privacy is what I really don't like in our home. take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
• United States
11 Mar 09
I'm very happy with our little casa , even though it isn't exactly finished yet. Most of it has been redone , and some of it still needs some work . We don't have any carpet to worry about . Only tile floors here . Tile is much cooler and easier to keep clean . The only thing that I can think of that I don't like is that I have to wash windows alot . We live by the sea and I have to wash windows often because of the salt air . ahh we do get some tiny ants in the house , but we have learned how to deal with them.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
17 Feb 10
Hi, twoey68. I live in an apartment too. And the thing that I don't like about this apartment is that it has no carpet on the floor at all. It is all hard floors on seven floors in this apartment. I would rather have carpet instead. I don't like mopping every minute... I don't like the way the floor creaks on it when we walk on it. When we had neighbors that lived downstairs, they would complain constantly about the noise in this apartment. I don't like that. I also don't like the fact that we live upstairs, because carrying many bags of groceries can be tiresome. And lastly I love beige walls, but they get so dirty. I kind of wished that we did not have lighter color on walls.
• United States
23 Jan 10
It is ridiculous and fishy that they won't let you rent a machine to clean it. Ask if its because of a Scotchgaurd warranty, because if you clean it with a certain machine, the warranty on the carpet is no longer valid. Ask if you can get a professional steam cleaner in there, one of your own or their people. you should definitely mention this to the management or the management company, because if a carpet is worn out and you have been living there for a long time, you have the right to ask them to replace it. If they do replace it, you have no choice but to move the things out for a day while they replace it, or if they are even going to clean it, move your stuff out so that every knick and cranny will be cleaned. But it is more economical if you buy your own steam cleaner, and make sure it is a quality one, a bit more on the pricey side, I know, but it is worth it because they work better and have a longer warranty. I recommend Hoover, or the more cheaper Bissell, but make sure the Bissell is pro heat, because then it will actually be 'steam cleaning'. Use vinegar and baking soda, or if you need to keep the carpet warranty valid, use a Scotchguard cleaner. Make sure to spray it lightly on the carpet so that it can begin penetrating even when you run the steam cleaner over it. i don't like my carpet either, but it is good quality, as we have been living here a while and it still looks okay. But I personally hat carpet, because it needs so much attention. So I guess I'll just keep taking care of it until my contract expires=/. I have light beige carpet, and I vacuum every other day, and steam clean every month. We wear house shoes and try not to wear street shoes in the house. It is not easy to keep clean at all, since every time I steam clean it, the water keeps coming out black, but if I don't clean it, it will look ugly.
• Australia
7 Jul 09
I can't stand our carpets either! They are an orangy cream colour, and not at all kid friendly. Luckily, they were in pretty bad shape when we first moved in here, and we don't have to pay for any repairs or replacements that need doing from our kids- tennancy law prevents them holding us responsible for already damaged carpets. That's not to say, i don't do my best to keep them clean, but I don't have the time or energy to be vacuuming and scrubbing them all day every day, which is what it would take to keep them looking like new.
@jtr115 (724)
• United States
13 Mar 09
The only thing I don't like about my condo is the bedroom and kitchen are so close together. Even when my bedroom door is closed, the sound of the refrigerator running sometimes keeps me awake. Wearing earplugs has helped a bit, and I've slightly adjusted the refrigerator's temperature setting so the motor won't run as much.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I overall like my home. The main thing I dislike is the kitchen. I have white walls, white cabinets. It is extremely boring. I am planning on painting it. I want to replace the counter, but I have to wait until my finances improve.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
13 Mar 09
We have beige carpet in our house. Probably more of a tan color than beige. It's a nice enough carpet. It doesn't really show stains, which is nice. We'd like to pull it up and replace it with a wood floor. We have pets and feel it would be easier to keep it cleaner with a wood floor instead of carpet.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
13 Mar 09
We don't have carpet but what I hate is we have paneling basically throughout the whole trailer and it is all light brown or some call it blond wood paneling. I would like to change that up with color of paint or wallpaper one. I hope soon.. I already tackled the kitchen now to do the rest it will be a slow process since money is a issue, there is rarely leftover money to do the projects I want to so.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
13 Mar 09
Would you be allowed to have a carpet cleaning company come in to clean it? Pity you can't just pull it up and have a nice, polished wooden floor instead. A light colour is very hard to keep clean. I quite like most of our house - but I hate the laundry. Half of it is taken up by the water heater, and it's a poky little room.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
12 Mar 09
It's the water pipes inside the walls that bothers me. There must be no insulation. Anyway, whenever the water is running, it sound like thunder if you are in certain parts of the house. No leaks...just a lot of sound. If I could have things different, I'd figure out a way to reduce that volume. And one annoying window blind has a mind of its own...
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Well, I can't say that there is one thing in my house that I don't like. There are several things that I don't like. I think that the carpet is one of my major complaints. It is really light colored tan and it does show a lot of dirt. I think that I would like to replace it but it won't be this year. I also would like to replace the living room door as it is a solid steel door with no window and I hate it. I also would like to replace the kitchen cabinets as they are old and ugly! We just got this house last fall and we knew that it needed a lot of repairs,but I was hoping to be able to do more finacially this year and I just don't see it happening.
12 Mar 09
Perhaps they are waiting for you to change it for them. If it's past it's best then they should replace it. My carpet in the front room is a deep red. Great for keeping clean... not so great for the white dog hair! Everywere else downstairs I have laminate. Best thing in the world! So easy to keep clean!
@messageme (2821)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I love my home too I just don't like the fact that it only has one bathroom! 6 kids and 2 adults sharing one bathroom, oh I hate it! And not only that 6 of the 8 are boys with very bad aim! Do you see where Im going with it? Yeah, yuck! Kids think they have to get dressed in the bathroom and take forever! It's worse in the mornings when everyone is trying to get ready because then all you hear is hurry up, hurry up....I want another bathroom! Oh and I hate the fact that our house needs a new roof. Can't really afford that right now, but it is starting to leak!
• Canada
12 Mar 09
I don't understand why you are 'not allowed' to rent a steamer and clean it. That is absurd. Is that in your Lease? WTF? Who in their right mind wouldn't want you to clean it? Personally, the last place I rented, I demanded that all the rugs in the house were new or have them torn out. The bare floors are easier to clean and disinfect. And rugs hold all kinds of allergens as well as fleas and such. Yuck! I prefer throw rugs that you can move around and just throw away and get new ones.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
11 Mar 09
When we moved here we had a choice of new carpet. We chose a dark brown, but soon discovered that all the dirt, grass, leaves, etc shows up really bad. I have to vacuum more because of it. I can't stand having stuff all over the carpet. With two dogs a lot of stuff gets tracked in. I thought the dark color would be better than the light tan we have had in just about every other place. Have you talked to the landlord about changing out the carpet? It sounds like it is old and may need to be replaced. Of course they don't like to do that usually until a tenant leaves. Then they usually come in a repaint and replace carpet and other things.