The best carpeting for children and pets

With proper care, periodic professional cleaning, and proper installation, carpeting in your home should last up to a decade. Carpet offers comfort and warmth to a home and easily upgrades as personal style changes for a quick and effective interior upgrade.

If you have children and pets and desire carpeting that will stay luxurious even with ample foot traffic and heavy use, this guide will help you choose the best carpeting for your home's needs. You will also learn how to make your carpet choice last.

Commercial Carpet

Although you might not think commercial carpet a likely choice for your home, commercial carpet is tightly weaved and thickly designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, which is why this style of carpeting is most often used in hotels, offices, and other professional settings.

What makes commercial carpeting ideal for the home is this: the carpet style is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns to easily transform a busy living room, dining area, or even children's bedroom into a comfortable, durable space to be.

Commercial carpet is ideal for hallways and stairs, even if you choose another, more plush carpeting style for the rest of your home. As a bonus, commercial carpet is usually made of nylon, which is very easy to clean.

Hypoallergenic Carpet

Carpet harbors dirt, bacteria, pollen, hair, and other potential allergens that pets, in particular, bring indoors. To protect your children against allergies caused by carpeting, invest in PET (polyester) carpeting for the home. This type of carpet is easy to clean and durable, able to withstand the heavy use children and pets often place on flooring.

Stain-Resistant Carpet

If keeping carpets clean is a concern, then speak to your carpeting dealer about triexta carpeting. This style of carpeting has special fibers in it that naturally repels dirt and stains.

Choose a low-pile or tightly woven carpeting style for your home. More plush options will be harder to keep clean and will wear down quickly due to high traffic, where shorter-weaved carpeting will maintain its shape and remain beautiful in your home longer.

Fade-Resistant Carpet

If your children are older and your pets primarily stay indoors, invest in olefin carpeting. This style of carpeting is not as durable as nylon but has fade-resistant qualities.

Olefin carpeting is somewhat plush, containing a Berber weave in its loops and is best for high-traffic areas, such as a family room or living area. Olefin is also mildew-resistant, making this flooring option ideal if you have allergy sufferers in the home.

Carpet Color Choice

Carpeting that combines multiple-colored threads is often best for high-traffic areas. The varying shades conceal stains and worn areas, allowing you to enjoy your carpets longer. Consider shades of gray, brown, blue, or even near-black for your carpeting to keep your floored areas trending and beautiful.

Carpet Care

High-traffic carpet areas need vacuuming daily. Other areas only need vacuuming once a week. Professional carpet cleaning not only removes deep-set dirt and odors from stains children and pets leave behind but also extends the useful life of this flooring option. As a general rule, have the professionals clean your carpets?once a year?or when your?carpet dealer?instructs.

You have many flooring options for the home, including tile, vinyl, and hardwood, but traditional carpet offers the most comfort and classic appeal. Choose a carpeting dealer for the best selection of carpet styles and colors to make your busy home a welcoming place to be.

The right carpet choice will last for many years in your home. Call us at Carpet Mart to discuss the best flooring options in your home. Our specialists will guide you through your flooring style options today.