We have a wood floor in our library, beautiful over-sized Italian marble in the kitchen (a gift I gave my husband for finding a good home for a 100-lb., abandoned dog I brought home but he said there was no way we were keeping), and white tile in the kitchen/dining area of our basement. In the rest of the house (except the bathrooms) we have carpet.
What I've been noticing for the last couple of months, is that now our carpet is starting to look dingy too and could use a good rug and carpet cleaning. Winter will do that to you. So, tomorrow I'll call and make an appointment to have someone come in later in the week to give them a professional bath. I say later in the week because I know it's going to take me a lot of time to get the furniture disassembled and/or moved into the rooms that have no carpet.
I'd love to have hard flooring in all of the rooms, but hubby and the kids like carpet. They say it's warmer in the winter, and much cozier to sit on year-round (both points with which I can agree). So, since I'll not be the majority rule on that decision any time soon, I might as well make the best of it. That means keeping it as clean and attractive as I can, despite the huge color mishap.
Do you have a preference between hard and soft flooring? And do you get your rugs professionally cleaned once or twice a year to keep them looking their best?