Have you ever rented one of those rug shampoo machines? I have not, but I think they’re at least $25, and then you have to buy the soap and stuff and wrestle the machine around yourself. In the almost six years I’ve owned this rig, I’ve never had the carpet shampooed, and believe me it needed it.
There was an announcement on the park website that the library and card room would be closed today at 4:00 to have the carpeting cleaned. The person that set that up also said that the shampoo company was willing to do carpets in rigs on the same day. (Years ago when I attended my first Escapade Rally, the going rate for getting your rig’s carpet shampooed was $100. I thought that was too much, so I passed on that opportunity.)
The company that was coming to do the work normally charges a minimum of $100 for each call, but the person setting this up was able to negotiate a lower rate since a number of folks had signed up, and the cleaning crew would be in the park anyway to do the library. I’m sure glad I signed up for this.
The total cost for doing the carpet and two five foot runners was $29.80! Such a deal! It wasn’t all roses though. I was originally told that the guys would be here probably around noon, but that there was an 11:00-3:00 window. Well, I ended up being second to last on the list so they didn’t show until after 4:00. Emma and I had sat outside since 11:00 waiting. I had given the rig a good vacuuming in the morning, and I didn’t want Emma shedding all over it before they got here. I was getting a little ticked by the time 4 o’clock rolled around, but I just reminded myself that I was retired and in the bigger scheme of things it was really small potatoes.
The guy that led the two man crew was surprised that almost everyone paid cash. With such reasonable rates, why not? It was this company’s first time in the park, and they assured me that a better window of time would be set up if they returned. I’m happy with the results, although it would have been nicer to be at the beginning of the list so the carpet had more time to dry before the sun went down and we had to come inside.
I did take this shot of all the flowers right past the edge of my patio. It’s really a ‘blooming’ carpet out front. Seems so odd to me in February. I’m not complaining though…
A friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, has also sent me another photoshopped picture.
I’m thinking I like this one better than the other one. It not only has the background of the poker shoot, but I actually have a waist in this picture! Haven’t had one of those in eons!
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy