Are you puffed out hoovering your carpets and rugs ?

Mavis Davis, Rug Merchant’s newest blogger, explores the very modern problem of Hoover Fatigue. 

I don’t know about you but I hate hoovering rugs !  Particularly those with deep piles.  It’s back breaking work - forcing your nozzle across a shaggy that’s fighting back and I am often left gasping for breath.   I am not blessed with the best of health or a good level of fitness so I’m keen to find a way of keeping a clean house without killing myself off !

Last week was a case in point.  For those of you who have not been round,  I have a large purple Plush Shaggy Rug  in my back bedroom,  and after a particularly energetic session with The Henry Hoover last Friday I found myself stuck at a forty five degree angle until well past Sunday teatime.  Suffice to say I was not best pleased.   Sunday night saw me bent double over the computer, logging on to Shaggy forums asking the advice of others in my sorry position....   

 Rugface84 was most empathetic: ‘Hoovering is an exhausting activity’ she bemoaned ‘ and hoovering a deep pile shaggy is particularly arduous – do what I do and turn it upside down so that the shag pile is facing the floor. Then leave it like that permanently. You will find that it is so much easier to clean’.

This is what I love about forums ! You get so much home spun, straight talking, down to earth advice.

‘Don’t clean it at all’ says Nathansmum1984 ‘Having three children under five makes cleaning anything a fruitless enterprise  – I have got quite used to the pain of walking over tiny lego bricks buried in the pile  and have almost managed to block out the smell. Life is good’

BeiberBelieber13  reported on her mother’s  tactics ‘Mum’s got it pasted’ she stated, ‘she puts it in the dishwasher.  It’s lost all its colour and feels like walking on a bed of nails, but it’s got a nice shine’      

Of course the more traditional cleaning methods were suggested too, such as hanging it over the washing line and beating it with a stick  - but I said  listen Cumberbabe42,  I’m 65 years old. I have a titanium hip joint and a blood pressure average of 170/ 120,  there will be no beating with sticks round here. Surely there had to be way of cleaning a resistant rug without risking my health and well being.

The lightbulb suggestion came 10 posts down after several irrelevant adverts, and some trolls.   ‘Get your husband to hoover the rug  Mavis,’ intoned one bright spark ‘problem solved’.

Colin !  Of Course ! Now why didn’t I think of that .....

Join me next time when I will be looking into the odd phenomena of rugs that are purely woven on the weft.