MCPHERSON, KS – An as-yet unidentified scrap of fabric is clinging to an area rug despite all attempts to remove it, reports homeowner Isaac Joyner, who has been battling the detritus for almost twenty minutes.
“I first thought it was a feather, maybe,” said Joyner, who equipped himself with two different vacuum cleaners – a standard upright and a cordless sweeper. “The Roomba didn’t pick it up, so I figured one of these would do the trick.”
Neither appliance succeeded in removing the fuzzy white bit of material from the rug’s low-pile surface, and Joyner’s repertoire includes extraction of cat hair.
“This must be some kind of synthetic fiber, to stick like that against such forces.” Joyner picked up the stamp-sized tuft a few times to inspect it before trying to vacuum it again, each time to no avail. His next step is to replace the filter in the upright and give that another swipe. “If all else fails, I’m headed out to the garage to get the shop vac.”
Joyner is a technical writer who has an assignment due shortly, and two children at a school rehearsal who were to have been picked up half an hour ago.