My Carpet: Nuisance or Health Hazard?
We're currently renting while we struggle to finish our carriage house. (Farmhouse to follow in a couple years.) We're (still . . . ) in this rental, and I've had it with the carpet. It's old (possibly original to the 25-year-old house), hasn't been maintained well, has a couple of bald spots, and has been "fuzzing" the entire time we've lived here . . . but tonight I really realized how much its deteriorating. I just got a new commercial-grade canister vac (vroom, vroom; love it!), and used it to vacuum the ~500 sq ft of carpet downstairs and one flight of carpeted stairs to try it out.
When I started, I had to open up the relief valve on the handle so I could push the vacuum head along the carpet. If I lifted the vacuum head with the valve shut, it would lift the carpet along with it for a surprising distance before letting go. Just over halfway through the vacuuming, I noticed that the suction was really diminished (I needed to shut the relief valve to get decent suction), and that the vacuum had grown hot. I finished up and checked the bag . . . and it's 3/4 full of carpet fuzz and fine, gray, powdery stuff. I'm familiar with the mix, as it's what I've been pulling out of my ancient Kirby's (love it, too) fabric bag, for two and a half years now. But I didn't realize how darn much there was to pull out. The bits of carpet fiber get on EVERYTHING . . . if I pick up my 15 month old, who still crawls most of the time, I'm covered with it. I keep on thinking "I won't bring it up with the landlord, since we're going to be moving in a month anyway . . ." but that story has worn out its welcome, since it's looking like we're still several months away at this rate.
So . . . someone tell me, who knows all about this stuff: is this just highly annoying run down carpet, or is this a health hazard? We've got a really reasonable and laid-back landlord (sometimes I think a little too laid back ;o), but he has been really great, so I don't want to pester him with things that aren't worth it. The rest of the downstairs flooring is original (el cheapo) chipped and cracked white ceramic tile with gag-inducing grout (even when I scrub it, I can't get all of the grime out and make it evenly mauve, as it's supposed to be). Really, all of the flooring should be ripped out and replaced, but that's kind of hard to do with furniture, a grand piano, and a family of eight bouncing around. (Not that a 671 lb piano bounces . . . lol. The saying in our house is "Don't bump into the piano; it wins.")
So, please . . . let me hear your thoughts!