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Apr 18, 2014, 11:43 PM
Protecting Carpet
Living in an apartment with carpet everywhere. Hoping not to lose my security deposit, so I'm looking for a way to protect the dining room area from spills. I was originally thinking about something like a bamboo rug, but I know that it'll just feel weird under the feet and probably won't be very effective. Is there a way to reinforce a hard rug like a bamboo rug or a way to do cheap temporary flooring?
Apr 19, 2014, 10:54 AM
Throw rugs, go to any cheap store like Big Lots, Ollie's, ECT.
Someone had to be nuts to install carpet in a dining room.

Apr 19, 2014, 04:34 PM
Snap together laminate could also possibly work, if the carpet is low nap and not too thick. The existing carpet becomes the "pad", and the laminate is laid on top. (if the pad is thick, soft and cushy, this might not be a good idea, especially with heavy furniture)
An artist friend did this in one of her bedrooms to create at a "painting area" and protect the carpet, and she reused it in another house later. It came up when she moved out, and no one was the wiser.
Apr 21, 2014, 12:38 AM
I agree wholeheartedly that installing carpet in the dining room was idiotic, but I guess it's too late to complain. Is there a way I could (secretly) bolt down some laminate flooring through the carpet or maybe just some wood to go underneath a hard carpet? I'm thinking like putting down a big flat piece of wood and screwing it into the floor so it laid as flat as possible on the floor then putting a pad and a rug on top... Or is that just recipe for tripping disaster/guarantee to lose security deposit?
Apr 21, 2014, 06:38 AM
Very bad idea.
#1, laminate is a floating floor and is never suppose to be attached to anything.
#2, Ever seen what happens when you screw through a carpet? It's likely to catch a thread and cause a run in the carpet.

Apr 21, 2014, 03:33 PM
I'm on board with throw rugs over the carpet, and immediately clean up spills.

carpet through the dining area was de rigeur when I was growing up, we never thought twice about it. wipe things up, no problem with synthetics. unless you have kids in the terrible twos or fearsome fwees who throw stainy tomatoey stuff around, don't worry yourself to death about it. rent a steam cleaner before move-out, and just live life.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Apr 21, 2014, 08:04 PM
Another possibility are the flexible or hard plastic floor protectors placed underneath chairs in offices. You might have to get a few of them and fit them in.

I assume that over time there would be some pile compression of the carpet, but the plastic would be easy to clean up, and perhaps steam cleaning the carpet when you're ready to leave would raise the pile. I don't know too much about carpets with pile as mine was very flat with no pile at all.