Friday, April 30, 2010

I Hate Carpet ...

... especially today.

My old dog is not well, and she's having a hard time figuring out when she needs to go outside, which for the past two days has been about every two hours. It would be okay, except that we aren't home twenty-four hours a day to keep an eye on her. We have a couple of hours worth of classes per day, and no one is home during that time ... and then, there's at night.

Yesterday morning, we had to take our car in for services. When we got home, she'd had an accident. I shampooed the carpet. Later, after we got home from dance class, I found that she'd had another accident. Mama Daughter had cleaned up that one. Deus Ex Machina is out-of-town at a seminar this weekend. If he were here, she'd wake him if she needed to go out. She won't wake me. Instead, she wandered into the livingroom and left a puddle on the carpet ... again.

It's not like we have wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the house, either, and it would be nice if she would leave her deposits on one of the non-carpeted floors. No such luck.

The worst part is that she is a chow-chow, and has a lot of hair, in which stuff gets caught, and then, I have to drag her outside for a cold garden-hose bidet. Poor puppy!

I'm really sick of poop right now.

Part of my long-term plan for powering-down our house to make it more lower-energy friendly is pulling up the carpets. Caring for carpeted floors is both incredibly expensive and a waste of precious resources. Between the electricity to run the vacuum and the water for the shampooer (not to mention the fact that carpet's life expectancy is only ten years, and with synthetic fiber carpets, there's the issue of how to dispose of them), in my opinion, carpet is just the worst possible choice of flooring - even if we weren't worry about resource depletion and Peak Oil.

After days like the these last few, I would even prefer a painted plywood floor.

It would just be so much easier if I didn't have to deal with carpeting.


  1. I am so with you on this one. I want hardwood for our house too, especially now that chicken poop and mud and straw, etc. Any kind of farming (micro, mini, hobby, professional) does not mix well with carpet. Wood stove first though!

  2. Having been through something similar with our dog as she got older, I have a suggestion for you. Ask around and see if any of your friends have worn out bathmats they might be planning to throw away. The kind that feel like carpet and have that rubbery stuff on the back. Place them in likely spots. You can run them through the washer after removing any, um, removable pieces and hang them in the sun to dry.

  3. I feel your pain! My cat has been leaving "presents" (from the other end...eeeeww) for me the last few weeks, and she only seems to toss her cookies on the carpeted living room floor. Ugh.

    Good luck!

  4. One of these days I am going to have to try a clay floor. Lot's of that around here.

  5. Yes, hardwood is much better than carpet, but even though my entire downstairs is hardwood, my dogs tended to search out area rugs when in distress. I always wondered why the rug over the floor and figured the rug must feel like being outdoors on the grass.

    Hope your dog feels better soon!

  6. Just beware of petrified cat barf underneath the bed if you go hardwood. I guess it would just as big of a PITA as carpet, but I had to learn about this with hardwood the hard way when we moved out!

  7. One of our cats has age-related incontinence. She's 21, so we don't mind =) We've finally resorted to keeping her in diapers (lack of choice, here. We know she won't get better on this one). In the meantime, and as backup, we've used bassinet liners with newspaper on top in the area she's most likely to go. It catches what lands on it and keeps the carpet clean. A rug on top might work as well. Also, a 50 % water/vinegar mix is supposed to work on the scent. Hope that helps someone.

    And I'm with you on the wood floors. I can't for the life of me figure out why wall-2-wall carpet exists. Rugs, maybe, but not carpet.

  8. Old carpet makes great weed blocker in the garden! We pulled out the old wall-to-wall carpeting in the apartment we have and instead of tossing, I cut them in 3-4 foot wide strips and use them in the garden! They work great, let the water in (unlike the plastic weed barriers) and block weeds! Especially nice for barefoot gardeners like me.

    This will be my 2nd summer using the carpet in the garden and so far they show no signs of wearing out.

    And yes, I hate carpet in the house too! With multiple animals, carpet is just one big headache!