When we decided that our two area rugs needed cleaning we called a carpet cleaning company. The cost of them coming to our apartment was going to be about the same as buying new rugs so we looked for an alternative plan. We noticed that there were rugs hanging on the fences and walls at many of the car washes. I just thought they were selling rugs as well as washing cars. But then we discovered the Romanian word for carpet and saw that they washed rugs and charged by the milimeter. So on a beautiful fall day we borrowed the mission van, loaded up our two rugs and went to the car wash.
We were told to come back in two days and pick up our rugs. The sun was shining, it was warm, what could possibly go wrong?
We woke up the next morning to a cold downpour. We raced to the car wash and there were our rugs hanging on the fence in the rain. We decided that we would take them home, turn up the heat and turn on the fan. What could go wrong?
When we got the rugs home we put them over chairs and tables to help with the circulation. Within minutes we had water pouring down on the floor. We used all our towels to soak up the dripping water. We relaxed and thought "what could go wrong now?" At first I thought the neighbors were cooking cabbage. There is a traditional dish here that is made with cabbage that has been soaked in brine for weeks. Then we realized that it was our rugs that had turned sour. Happily after a week the rugs were dry and a little bit cleaner. But next time we buy new rugs!