What’s the single dirtiest thing in your home? If your answer is “The Toilet”, then maybe you should take this time to go clean it. I’ll wait for you to come back. I’ll even hum a tune while you’re gone…
“My baloney has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R. My baloney has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R”
Oh! You’re back already! Well now that your toilet is all sparkly, what else is really disgusting in your house? Well what’s under your feet? Oh, carpet eh? Is there a shoe between your feet and the carpet? Yeah? Bad Reader! Bad bad bad!
Your Nasty, Disgusting Carpet is Costing You Money!
Now I don’t plan on backing up my assertions with any fancy statistics or scientific facts, as I hope common sense will prevail.
Growing up, my family always wore shoes in the house. We also had a few dogs, iguanas, guinea pigs and other wildlife. That means we walked through the same grass that the dog (and all other woodland creatures and maybe even the neighbors) urinated on and tracked that right into the house. Heck, I’m positive we were tracking in feces too!
Did I spoil your breakfast/lunch/dinner? Good. It gives you more time to browse my Archives.
Your carpet serves two purposes. One is expected by you, while the other might not be:
1. Provide a soft and stylish flooring
2. Catch every piece of dirt, dust, pollen, poo and even live bugs off your shoes as you walk by.
Ok, so I have your attention by grossing you out, but how does your carpet COST you money? Isn’t the only cost incurred when you buy and install it?
Ways Your Carpet Costs YOU Mo Money
Every year, you’re shelling out money, whether you know it or not, thanks to your carpet:
1. Electricity to vacuum (I sure hope you vacuum it though). Plus the cost of the vacuum in the first place
2. Shampooing/Steaming costs, whether you pay for someone to clean the carpets or rent a steamer yourself.
3. New carpet when the old carpet wears out. Some of you hold onto carpet WELL after it’s moved on to the next life.
4. Medical costs for allergy medicine, allergy shots, tissues and anything else related to pollutants and allergies. If you’re allergic to pet dander, pollens or molds, they’re probably in your carpet just waiting to attack you while you’re playing with your adorable new baby on the floor.
How can you save money on your carpet?
Easy. Don’t wear shoes inside the house.
Sure, you’ll still need to vacuum, and steam clean, and eventually replace carpet. And you’ll probably be allergic to the same things. But if you’re not tracking dirt and pollen throughout the house, then you’re slowing down the carpet’s deterioration, reducing the amount of pollutants stuck in the fibers and the frequency of the need to clean, and eventually reducing your allergic reactions within the home.
Thanks to my wife’s family, and gentle screaming at me if I don’t listen, I’ve adopted the habit of removing my shoes right inside the door. I’ve also begun to use more shoes without laces to make entry and exit easier. And when I’m going outside, I just plan a little better to reduce the number of times I need to go back into the house for something. For example, when mowing the lawn, I bring my drink outside. When I leave for work, I make sure I have everything before walking out the front door.
So how did I come up with the 2000% savings? Well, I made it up. That’s what all the statisticians do anyway, isn’t it? It caught your attention and got you to read this far, didn’t it?
So take off your nasty, poo-covered shoes at the door and save yourself some dollars and sneezes by not tracking the outdoors through the indoors. You’ll be glad you listened to the Dude.
Photo by Future Man-Cop