As you may recall, we are in the midst of a renovation to house our men-children upstairs (yes, far, far away from the rest of the household). Anticipation is growing as progress is made, with constant inspections by all to see how the plans are unfolding in real life. Bedrooms have been claimed, and a spot for the flat screen TV, Foxtel and PS3 determined (very important assets of men-children).
From my point of view, there are other more important decisions to be made. Yes we will have the extra heavy-duty insulation for sound-proofing so that their doof doof music will not be heard by us downstairs or the entire street we live in (pity our poor neighbours – I fear they may call the police one day over noise pollution).
The other important decision is paint, carpet and furnishings. Whilst I contemplated blackboard paint for one minute (shows no dirt does it and they can graffiti all they like) I decided it was best not to encourage this type of behaviour in teenage boys, so white and more white it will be – and of course that makes the space look larger anyway.
We will have carpet throughout upstairs, again because it is better for noise absorption, and also nicer underfoot. This will ensure that the angry stomping up and down stairs is not so noticeable (when mother of a man-child denies them their latest request), nor the tiger cubs throwing each other against walls or floors during a play fight.
So off I went to the carpet shop with a very clear brief. I definitely want dark brown carpet – it hides a thousand sins. But what type of carpet would they recommend for teenage boys in an upstairs retreat?
You could see the look of recognition cross his face – he knew EXACTLY what I was talking about, and why I had asked. His reply: “Madam I recommend a quality nylon carpet (I know, surely those two words don’t go together). Whilst we sell a lot of quality wool carpets from this store, you will find nylon is far more forgiving for spills if you get to them quickly”.
Both he and I then fill in the blanks, thinking about food, soft drinks, alcohol and various other bodily fluids that the poor nylon carpet will probably see in its lifetime upstairs at our house. And both knowing that I’m unlikely to ever get to the spills quickly, and that the boys will just rub whatever it is directly in to the carpet, but at least we’re making the best possible decision with the information we have.
I am delighted with his recommendation, and could almost hug him for his understanding and wisdom. Of course I then discover that “quality” nylon costs about the same as “quality” wool – probably because of where I live, but so be it. I don’t have time to shop around at a thousand carpet stores to find a better price. And he also recommends a good quality, heavy-duty underlay – again, it helps the carpet survive, and is also good for noise – he SO knows what my life with men-children is like!
I have already picked some new doona covers and towels for upstairs. Again, my only thought was colours or patterns that will hide a thousand sins. I learnt my lesson about white towels some time ago.
Read that story here: https://motherofamanchild.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/argue-this-logic/
So quality nylon it is. You can all thank me for this lesson in how to select a quality carpet one day when you are catering to your own men-children. 🙂