I know I promised you guys I would talk about another hotel, its perks and amenities, and how close it is in relation to tourist spots but first I want to tell you a story.
This story takes place right before I traveled to Spain. I was in the middle of final arrangements for my trip: finalizing my hotel reservations, plane tickets, yada yada yada. You get the picture. Another crucial element of this story is that I have two dogs. They are like children to me, and sometimes, just like children, they can be a bit messy. Let me start from the beginning.
It started out as just another regular weekday. I had gone to work, and it had been a particularly stressful day due to most of my lunch hour spent figuring out why my passport still had not arrived in the mail. I didn’t want to finalize reservations for everything if it turned out I would be turned away at the airport for not having my passport even though I had done the responsible thing and order it months in advance. I couldn’t be blamed for the U.S. Postal Service’s lack of trying. But I digress.
So I had a busy work day and I came home more tired than usual. I could barely stand up long enough to heat up leftovers in the microwave for a measly dinner. I almost completely forgot to let my dogs out, but due to their incessant whining (they can be a bit needy) I let them out. I shut the door, came back to the couch where I had been watching the evening news, and then I completely passed out. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was, but with all my running around preparing for the trip I’d gone and tuckered myself out. The first thing I did was check the clock; I’d been napping for about two hours. My next thought was “oh my god, the DOGS!” I ran to the back door and threw it open. They flew past me into the house.
One more small detail I feel like I need to add is the weather that we’d been experiencing in my neck of the woods for the past few days. I would use the phrase ‘torrential downpours,’ but even that seems like an understatement. Lots of rain; lots and lots and LOTS of rain. I normally just wiped my dogs’ paws off with an old, ratty towel I kept by the back door. Well, in my hazy, after-sleep state of mind, I wasn’t thinking straight and completely forgot how muddy it might have been in the backyard. My dogs also have a tendency to dig if they’re left outside unsupervised for too long. Two hours had been way too long.
I turned around to watch them run through the living room and the amount of mud already tracked through my living room was out of this world. My carpets are light in color so the dark brown mud was a stark contrast. It was also everywhere. Luckily, my dogs knew better than to jump up on the couch after they saw the look on my face and heard the tone of my voice when I yelled “NO!” To prevent them from causing more damage, I put them in their kennels in the garage. I also needed time away from them to think and clear my head and figure out what my next step would be.
I may or may not have panicked for a few minutes. Everything that could have gone wrong that day had. My passport was somewhere in the United States, but the post office just couldn’t be sure where “exactly” it was. The weather had been awful and hadn’t made getting around town to run errands any easier. I had barely started eating dinner when I passed out on the couch, so I was still starving. Since my nap had been so long, now I was completely wide awake, which meant I would be tired tomorrow and getting up tomorrow would prove to be difficult. The stress just seemed to be too much. I wondered if taking this trip was even worth it. I couldn’t leave my house in this state, and I figured even if I cleaned it, my house sitter would make the same mistake I did and the carpet would look like this when I came back home from Spain. This was assuming that my carpet could even be properly cleaned and restored to its previous state. I sat down and just tried to think logically, which is sometimes hard for me. I don’t normally pray for a sign, but when the situation calls for a sign, you pray for a sign.
And I got one. My TV was still blaring from when I had been watching the six o’clock news earlier. A local commercial was currently illuminating the screen. It couldn’t have come at a better time actually. It was for a local carpet cleaners company that boasted great service, great prices, and great cleaning quality. I had nothing else to lose. In fact, I had just received a sign for the first time in my life. I can’t ignore that kind of message, not when I was in such a dire situation.
I scribbled down the number and decided to call in the morning after I’d had a good night’s rest and when I was feeling much calmer. I called first thing the next morning, and they were able to schedule an appointment for that same day much to my relief. I explained that I had dogs and what had transpired the night before. They assured me that it was “no problem,” and that they got this kind of call more frequently than you’d expect. I checked that off my to-do list and went to work ready to tackle the rest of my preparations for my trip.
When I came home that evening, I kid you not, my carpet looked like it was new. I wondered if they had just given up on cleaning it and replaced it with a new carpet, but when I called to thank them for a job well done, they were kind enough to explain to me how they treated the stains and lifted them from the carpet. They had even been able to eliminate deeper stains that I had long forgotten about, like the time I spilled wine when I hosted a New Year’s Eve party (oops) and the time someone (he shall remain nameless) spilled buffalo sauce when I invited friends over to watch the Super Bowl. This company that had worked their magic on my seemingly ruined carpet goes by the name of Katy Carpet Cleaners, (http://www.katycarpetcleaners.com) and they are capable of working miracles. They helped dissipate a lot of unnecessary stress I had during a time when I had far too many other things on my plate to worry about. So nice, so friendly, and so hardworking. I highly recommend Katy Carpet Cleaners for all your pet stain removal needs. Click Here – Carpet Cleaning Katy TX
Story time is over. I promise next article will be about another great hotel in Barcelona. Thanks for listening to my story about dirty carpet. You guys are a great audience. Stay tuned for next time!