Choosing a new carpet for you home is difficult. Choosing a good, durable carpet when you have kids and pets is even more difficult. You know that kids and animals can be harsh on carpets–lots of running, spilling, claws catching carpet loops, and more. You need to make sure that you choose a carpet that love now, and that will hold up well so that you’ll still love it even after years of abuse. Here is our guide to choosing a durable carpet that will last for years to come, even with kids and pets running around.
The first thing you need to consider is the type of the carpet. Carpet comes in two main types: synthetic and natural fiber. Synthetic fibers tend to be more durable than their natural counterparts.
Nylon is a type of synthetic carpet that is known for being very sturdy. Nylon carpet fibers tend to hold their shape very well, no matter how often they’re stomped and ran on. It’s a great choice for high traffic areas, such as hallways, that see a lot of wear and tear normally. While nylon may be a little more expensive than some other fibers, it holds up a lot longer and the color is much longer lasting.
Another important consideration is stain-resistance, which is where polyester carpet really shines. Do you have young kids who seem to constantly spill? Polyester is a great choice if you’re worried about spills, spots, and stains. Another advatange of polyester is its softness, which is often an important consideration for families of really young children, who spend a lot of time on the floor.
Once you’ve chosen which type of carpet you want, it’s time to pick the color. Carpet comes in every color under the sun, but there are some important things to consider when choosing a carpet with a family in mind.
Everyone knows that light colored carpets are prone to stains and spots. Plus you have to stay on top of vacuuming because any speck of dirt will show up. Did you know that dark carpet also has its own problems? If you have a pet with light fur, it’ll show up all over your dark carpets. Plus, any lighter messes (think powdered sugar, dust, and flour) will show up clear as day in dark carpets. This is why a medium shade is your best bet. It will hide any light and dark stains. Choose a neutral color for the best camouflaging effects.
Many public places utilize multicolored carpets. Why? They tend to hide spills and stains the best. If your carpet is every color, every color of stains and debris will blend right in. While you probably wouldn’t consider the loud movie theater and motel lobby carpets for your home, there are a lot of tasteful multicolored carpets that wouldn’t look out of place in any home.
The best way to keep any kind of carpet looking great for years to come is to protect it. Carpet protectant is a clear layer that is applied to carpets that prevents stains from seeping into carpet fiber, allowing a longer window of time before spills become permanent. Many carpets come with a protectant applied at the factory. However, protectants tend to wear off and need to be reapplied every 6-12 months. North American Chem-Dry uses a specialized carpet protectant that is applied at the same time as your carpets are cleaned, so that no dirt or stains are trapped underneath the protectant.
Do you have questions about keeping your carpet clean? Contact North American Chem-Dry to learn about our services, products and expertise as the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaners or get a free, no-obligation quote.