Do Carpets and Food Mix in Your Home?

Here’s an interesting fact about my home: While I love little rugs and carpets, I have exactly zero in my own house. It’s wood flooring all the way, with wood-look laminate in the kitchen because that is what we could afford at the time. Carpets are cute but with smooth wood or woodesque floors, I can sweep and swiff without having to drag a bulky vacuum up from the basement. We did have a number of throw rugs once upon a time, but with five cats and a mobile toddler, I was vac’ing every day. Not cool.

And exactly how long will that stay looking nice?

You can imagine, then, how squicked out carpets in kitchens and carpets in dining rooms make me. Built-ins are one thing, because there’s not much you can do about that until you’re ready to refloor, but to take a kitchen or dining room with a perfectly good wood floor and then put a throw rug precisely where food is doomed to fall… that just makes me scratch my head. You tell me: Is there some benefit to carpets in dining rooms and carpets in kitchens that I am missing? Saving food for later perhaps? Because I simply cannot wrap my brain around the practical reason for putting a what is essentially a crumb catcher under food prep and food consumption zones.

2 Responses to “Do Carpets and Food Mix in Your Home?”

  1. Amanda July 11, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    We’ve always had throw rugs in both the kitchen and the dining room when I was growing up. In the dining room it was to unify the room, but in the kitchen it was for one reason: reducing how much it hurt the cook’s feet and legs to stand at the counter for hours.

    I don’t recall the throw rugs getting horribly dirty or food-covered, either. :)

  2. Linda Mercury July 11, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I don’t have throw rugs in my kitchen since I am the Queen of Slip and Fall, but I’ve often thought it would be nice to have a little rug that I could just throw in the washer instead of having to sweep so much.