Dream a little dream… floored or flawed?

Last week my attention turned to the state of the flooring in my bedroom. After inviting my friends to stay with us for the weekend and offering our bedroom up as a guest suite, I began to look at the bedroom with fresh eyes – was it even suitable to receive guests? Its funny how you don’t notice the odd mug-ring on the bedside table or the dusty skirting boards until you have someone coming to stay, isn’t it?! Well, I spotted all these flaws just in time and set to work to create a lovely, tranquil and, most importantly, clean space for my guests. The room did look lovely and I used a special set of bedding that my husband and I received as a wedding gift and it actually matches the roses on the book-wall perfectly! That was when I began looking at the carpet and I was not happy with what I saw.

How did all those stains get there? Why is there a dark, shadowy mark around the edge of the carpet? I don’t remember spilling that nail polish… Actually, that’s a lie; I know full-well that there’s a pink streak of Revlon varnish on the carpet, but the bed as been strategically place over it, phew! Anyway, the marks that had previously gone unnoticed were suddenly my top priority and I set to work scrubbing with carpet cleaner and vacuuming as best I could but even though a few of the stains were vastly improve, many were still there. Not much I could do about that on the day of my friends’ arrival, but now that I’ve spotted the problem that’s all I think about every time I go in the room and I’m feeling the need to sort out the bedroom floor as soon as possible. So here are my ideas:

  1. A new carpet: I do like having carpet on the floor in the bedroom and it certainly makes the room feel cosy, but I’m worried about the cost of the carpet, not to mention fitting fees. I’m not sure if fitting a carpet is something that hubby and I can tackle ourselves so I’ll have to find out about the expense of carpet fitting before I start looking at carpet types or colours. I’d like to replace it with a similar pale cream carpet, but surely I’ll just end up with the same stained-carpet problem again in the future? I like the funky striped carpets available at the moment but I worry that it’ll make the room look smaller, darker and worry about the pattern dating quickly an I relaly don’t want to replace the flooring for many many years to come!
  2. Laminate floor: I’ve really started to look at laminate flooring in a new light since investigating my carpet problem. It would be easy to keep clean and would minimise the chance of staining because I can just wipe up tea-spills when they happen. Plus, the style of laminate flooring is so much better than it used to be, looks much more like a genuine hardwood floor and I really like the dark wood effects – which would look great with our mahogany bed. Again, I’m not sure whether the room would feel too dark and oppressive, so perhaps a white-washed wood would look better while still being durable and easy to clean? Laminate flooring looks simple enough to install so maybe we can have a go at DIYing the floor and saving a bit of money at the same time.
  3. Get in the professionals: Okay I can probably install a carpet or laminate for the cost of some carpet cleaning services, but I figure that hiring one of those industrial carpet cleaners and giving the whole carpet a deep cleanse myself might solve many of the problems. Though I’m sure the nail polish stain will be going nowhere, no matter what I do to clean it!

So there are my options and I’m not sure where to start. Perhaps I’ll ask around and see if anyone has a carpet cleaning machine at home that I could borrow and try out my theory that many of the stains can be removed, then I’ll have saved money and kept my carpet out of landfill. If it’s still in a horrible state after my attempt at cleaning, then I’ll look into the costs of new flooring and get some samples to compare. Read more about my bedroom makeover here and I’ll share more about the stain-problem soon – I bet you can’t wait?!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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