a black Lab and off-white carpeting might seem incongruous. Add to this the
animal's delicate stomach and tendency to overindulge in plastic holiday
ornaments, and it's probably clear why Mary Ellen Valentine recently had her
carpet steam cleaned.
While Valentine said her carpet's in
fine condition other than the canine-related issues, some
area carpet cleaners said they're seeing an increase in business
from customers who want to stretch the life of their carpeting to avoid the
expense of replacement.
"People will say, 'This carpet is
old and I should get new, but I can't afford it right now,'" said Pam
Hemler, a customer service representative with Leppo Carpet Cleaners in Spring
Garden Township. "They can't afford new carpet right now, so
they're going to see what they can do to salvage it." From The York