Ideas for Living with Old Carpet?

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Q: We live in a beautiful rental home. Well, everything is beautiful except the carpets. They were new when we moved in four years ago. But they were light beige, and between the 6 year old and the husband who refuses to take off his shoes the carpet has grayed. I've rented a steam cleaner every six months, but they just never get really clean. We've placed rugs in some rooms, but the house still feels grimy no matter how clean we keep it. Any ideas on either how to clean or hide the old carpet?

Sent by Stacey

Editor: We like your idea of putting in a few area rugs over the carpet (as seen in the pic up top). They can be placed strategically, taken outside for a good cleaning when they're soiled, and easily replaced if necessary way down the road. Readers? Please leave your suggestions for Stacey in the comments — thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.