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    House with long carpet

    Hi, I've just moved back, and we are in a rental house.
    Other than living and dining, the entire house is covered with long pile, "loopy" carpeting.
    My husband is worried that I will "trash" the carpet, with my threads and other quilting "debris" getting trapped in the carpet.
    That really put a dampener to my quilting. I am eager to start quilting, but I need to get a way to either cover the floor (with what?), or get a vacuum cleaner stronger enough to suck the tiny threads out of the loops.

    What do you advise? Thanks!

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    Could you get a chairmat(s) for your sewing area? That would protect your carpet and keep your chair able to move easily as well.

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    Maybe set up in the dining room?

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    I would get another cheap carpet and lay it down right over the other one. The loop carpet will act as a padding and when ready to move a vac will bring the pile back up.

    You can't be expected to stop living and there is a certain amount of wear and tear that is expected in a rental that should not interfer with the return of a deposit if that is the case. I have lived in a lot of rentals and know what to expect in the way of wear on an apt.

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    Thanks for all the responses. ube quilting, I am thinking along the lines of what you said... I'll be going around Ross, Marshalls to see what they have. Yes, agree with you that a certain amount of wear and tear must be expected... but we had a real bad experience with the previous rental and we are really wary (and weary)...

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    Sounds like a nightmare...what was the landlord thinking? Anyway I agree with ube quilting....maybe you could buy a remnant piece from a carpet supplier and just cover it over. If that is over budget....maybe a big tarp and pull it up every so often to air the carpet underneath.

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    How about taking it up in one room, roll it up and lay it against a wall somewhere out of the way, paint the cement floor with a cement paint. and get a throw for yourself and when you move, put it back down.

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    You can buy remnants at many carpet locations and have the edges bound for a small fee. Just a note my dyson vacuum made a mess out of loopy carpet. It snagged and pulled a lot of the carpet loops. Come to find out some carpet manufactures will not honor warranties if you use a dyson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    You can buy remnants at many carpet locations and have the edges bound for a small fee. Just a note my dyson vacuum made a mess out of loopy carpet. It snagged and pulled a lot of the carpet loops. Come to find out some carpet manufactures will not honor warranties if you use a dyson.
    Having a carpet bound is crazy cheap here. We had one done recently and it was $1.10 a foot! I thought that was cheap! Nice job, too.

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    Long shag carpet hides everything. I guess that's why rentals have it. I think a big area rug would do the trick and probably look better too.
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    I've seen carpet already bound at Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Ross, and I'm sure others have it. Have fun shopping! Cheap and already done! :-)
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    You might consider one of those outdoor carpets at Wal-Mart. I think I saw one for $40. just today. Just lay that over the other carpet, and remove it whenever you leave. I have laid a carpet over another carpet, and it worked just fine. I laid mine all the way to the wall and you couldn't even tell there was another carpet under it. I just rolled it up when I left.

    This is just an idea, but I hope you figure something out. Or maybe those foam like tile things that are designed for garages or children's indoor play areas. My husband has some of those in his workshop. They fit together like a puzzle, interlocking. I think he got them at Sam's. His are bright colors, like for a kid's room, but I have seen them in deep gray for garage floors.

    Good luck finding a solution. A girl's gotta quilt, ya know!

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    Vacum on a regular basis and use a little whisk broom on occasion. I don't think thread really ruins a carpet. Get the carpet professionally cleaned shampooed when you move and that will not be any problem. You sound like a great tenant, do you want to rent my home in NC near Wilmington, great beaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    Hi, I've just moved back, and we are in a rental house.
    Other than living and dining, the entire house is covered with long pile, "loopy" carpeting.
    My husband is worried that I will "trash" the carpet, with my threads and other quilting "debris" getting trapped in the carpet.
    That really put a dampener to my quilting. I am eager to start quilting, but I need to get a way to either cover the floor (with what?), or get a vacuum cleaner stronger enough to suck the tiny threads out of the loops.

    What do you advise? Thanks!

    You can buy mats for use in garages and barns. Some can be hooked together. Could you use a couple of them in a corner or out of the way place to make your sewing corner? Not an ideal solution, but might be workable.

    AND, have you asked your landlord about replacing at least one room's carpet? Sure not what I'd lay down for renters!
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    My husband bought me a large floor covering from an office supply store, it is heavy duty clear plastic, made to go under office chairs. Works great if your chair has casters on it too. Whatever you put down over the carpet, I would check the back side of it ( side that goes against the carpet ) to make sure its not going to rub and maybe break and tear fibers, when you walk on it or move your chair around on it.

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    Go visit your local (smaller the better) carpet store. You could pick up a remnant, probably free. Small enough to go under your chair/desk - would probably be too small for them to sell as a remnant. I used to do the books for a carpet store, and if you were near them, you would definitely find something that would work, at very little to no cost!

    good luck!

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    The smaller carpet stores here sell remnants at a higher price then Lowes or Home Depot. And no more free wallpaper books. Those sell for over $50 now if you can find a store that will sell them.
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    I second an area rug. You might also want to pick up the adhesive carpet roller that you can purchase at Lowes and places. We have used it a lot in our rental house when we have brought stuff in from the storage unit, or when we replaced the ceiling fan, etc. Great stuff and it lasts a pretty long time. When we purchased our last house, we used it from when we purchased the house, after the carpets were cleaned and all of the painting and furniture move in was done. And it held up really well.
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    Welcome back to the States!!!

    Good advice above if you can't convince hubby that threads will not ruin the carpet
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    I have 70s shag carpet in my sewing room.... altho we own ... finances do not allow to replace carpet I have a short nap "throw" rug on top of it

    only thing... I never noticed how BAD the threads were until I got this short nap solid color carpet!!! whew..

    have to vac a lot more often now.....

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    Get an inexpensive throw rug for the area. And a large magnet that looks like a roller(to pick up the pins). The carpet is trashed already with that large loopy stuff. Sorry. As long as you run vacuum at the end of the day you should be ok. Landlords only worry about filthy and pet urine soaked carpets..

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    I've purchased larger pieces of bound carpet and the interlocking foam mats at Big Lots. Very affordable.

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    I use chairmats under my machines, which helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    I would get another cheap carpet and lay it down right over the other one. The loop carpet will act as a padding and when ready to move a vac will bring the pile back up.

    You can't be expected to stop living and there is a certain amount of wear and tear that is expected in a rental that should not interfer with the return of a deposit if that is the case. I have lived in a lot of rentals and know what to expect in the way of wear on an apt.

    Good luck.
    peace
    I wholeheartedly agree .. a rug ..
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    Men! There's just no way you could "trash" the carpet with threads, bits of fabric or a dollop or two of water soluble glue such as Elmer's. If you vacuum carefully once a week you should have no problem. It's not like you're working on cars!
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