When it comes to the interiors of our home, we’ve made some pretty critical decisions regarding soft furnishings at various stages in life.
For starters, we made the classic newby home owner mistake in our very first house, in our naivety…cream carpets + whole house + black cat. Live and learn, live and learn.
When we moved into our current home we were just a few months away from becoming parents for the first time. We put up with our original corner sofa for a good 6 months; in two separate pieces on opposite sides of the room. That piece of furniture had to go when it became synonymous with being imprisoned by a baby that wanted to lay on me feeding all day long. As we broke the six month mark and a new phase of Motherhood, we celebrated by buying a new woodbine green three piece suite.
Given that our daughter was about to enter the phase of regurgitating food, during the lounge revamp we made a wise decision to stick with the slightly battered but inoffensive grey carpet in the room – one of the best decisions we ever made.
A splash of white paint later, and the newly furnished front room was ready to be destroyed by our offspring. And destroyed it was.
That carpet saw things no carpet should see. Soon after weaning comes a new found mobility and it’s fair to say many a carrot and mango puree was scrubbed off the floor. Chewed up blueberry rice cakes picked out of the carpet pile and multiple cups of cold coffee that probably shouldn’t have been left in the danger zone, all over the floor.
The sofas too, took quite a battering. The main culprits being the cruising drool, and the wayward juice beaker. In no time at all we made the bold decision to cover the main sofa with a throw which remains there to this day. It’s regularly gets whipped off for a wash and a hoover up of the never ending glitter that seems to end up down the cracks of the cushions.
We took up the scotch guard deal, but we still fight the water stain battle regularly.
It’s debatable whether I should even go there with the potty training stories, but lets face it – this is a parenting blog and we all know the reality of what happens when kids are failing miserably at using a potty for the first time. Needless to say the carpet and sofa took the brunt of it that summer of 2014.
And there was that time we left the morning nappy on just that little bit too long… yep, moving on.
One of the options we took up before finally replacing our carpet recently (5 years later) was to go for a deep clean via a carpet cleaning professional. It gave our trusty grey number a second lease of life and most importantly, reassured us that some of the filth we had wiped up with a wet wipe here and there would be neutralised. This was particularly important as our second baby entered the crawling phase and the toddler was busy sprinkling the floors with toast crumbs, muddy wellies, and the odd rogue wee.
If you are looking for a family friendly carpet and upholstery cleaner check out areas covered by www.carpetbright.uk.com. They’ve been voted no.1 carpet cleaners in Kent, Surrey & London by Checkatrade customers. They reassuringly don’t use harsh chemicals and have a super fast drying time of 2 hours. Plus they offer a 10 step cleaning process that neutralises, sanitises and deodorises carpets and upholstery, followed by a scotchgard that protects the carpet/fabric (for an additional 12 months) against future stains and spots.
“Lots of our customers are parents and we know how important it is to them that our cleans are family-friendly. That’s why we only use eco-safe, child-safe, pet-safe products. Our deep cleaning services gets rid of the dirt and debris in carpets and fabrics which can attract bacteria and even exacerbate allergies, so that a clean home is a kinder home for all the family.”
If soft furnishings could talk, they would tell a tale of the grim side of parenting. Even with our newly laid carpet, the daily toll of the household is already making it’s mark, and with potty training about to rear it’s ugly head again, we’ll be needing a decontamination again before we know it. can’t wait.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post