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Too Plush for Fluffy

The previous owners of our house opted for off-white carpet in all rooms except the kitchen, dining room, living room, foyer, and bathrooms. Otherwise, the bedrooms, stairwells, and hallways are carpeted in off-white.

We live in New England. A locale filled with rain, snow, slush, and mud. Worse, the snow gets mixed with salt and sand. We still take off our shoes before leaving the foyer, but between sock lint and every other material imaginable, the white carpets don’t remain white. After a recent party, somebody stepped on either a blueberry or a blackberry and managed to track a 1/2 inch berry-colored stain down one set of stairs. Then there are the drops of laundry detergent in the 3rd floor hall outside the laundry room. OOOH, or the time we replaced the vacuum bag and some oily goop got onto the gears and made some tracks the next time we vacuumed. And don’t forget the spilled paint when we painted the place.

You can probably guess where this is leading: we want new carpet. In fact, we’re thinking of getting some shag carpet. It’s technically called “frieze” nowadays. The fibers (yarns?) are not as long as old-school shag and they don’t come in the bile green or banana yellow colors nowadays, either.

It’s much more plush than that horrible rental-apartment looking “cut pile” that is ubiquitious in so many places. Plus, it’s loose fibers help conceal the sock lint before the next vacuuming (and, to be honest, that’s my biggest concern). Besides, it’s so darn plush!

It reminds me of that 1990’s carpet ad that showed the head and tail of a cat sticking out of some wall-to-wall carpet since it was so luxurious that the cat sank right in. The tagline was “Too Plush for Fluffy.” I always thought that would be a good name for my band (or at least the title of my first album).

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Jeffrey on February 18, 2010 4:11 pm

    I think you should go with hardwood. No, I’m not paying for it.

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