What is a good high traffic, stain resistant carpet for kids and dogs?

Asked By: Shelly_B15 on Friday, January 9, 2009
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Answer I have two dogs and two children under the age of 3. We want to replace the carpet and was wondering if you know of a great carpet that is stain resistant and will hold up to daily heavy traffic?

You ask a very good question. There are some things you should take into consideration when making your choice. The Carpet and Rug Institute which does extensive research on the durability of carpet, recommends that you look for the Carpet Performance Ratings that can be found of most carpet samples. 

These ratings, from 1 to 5, indicate the carpet’s ability to withstand extended wear. The higher the rating the more durable it is and the better it will withstand a high amount of traffic. So, a rating of 5 would be the most durable followed by a rating of 4. 

Next you have The Texture Retention Rating Scales, which rates the amount of surface change in the carpet over time. These ratings are from 1.0 to 5.0 with 5.0 being the least degree of surface change. These ratings take into account crushing, matting, loss of tuft and appearance.

Finally, adding to the equation is how stain resistant is the carpet and how can it be best maintained. Buying a carpet with Satinmaster or other type of treatment will help you keep the carpet stain free. Usually a stain can be removed within 24 hours using the right cleaning techniques. So, the trick is to clean up the stain as soon as possible according to the carpet manufacturer's instructions.

To maintain a highly durable, stain resistant carpet you need to do regular vacuuming, clean up any spots or potential stains and steam clean it every 18 to 24 months. Keeping this type of carpet in good shape will help keep your carpet in tip top shape for many years. 

One other point to remember is that when you replace carpet it is a good idea to replace the padding as well. When the padding breaks down over time, the cushion between the sub floor and the carpet reduces so that if you install a new carpet over a padding that is broken down, it can reduce the life of the new carpet. Remember, just because the padding looks good to the eye, does not mean that it is still meeting the same standards as when it was new. Make sure to check with your floor covering professional when it comes to keeping or replacing the padding.

If you do your homework, your dogs and children will enjoy the new carpet and you will have the peace of mind, knowing that you made the best choice.

I hope this helps.

Rick Maselli

Founder of Showroom411.com

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