Robin from Holland writes:
We are going to need new carpet soon. What is the best carpet for a house with kids running in and out and two dogs?
Well Robin, there are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting your new carpet:
- Avoid carpet with loops. Pets nails and teeth can snag looped carpets.
- Choose a sensible color. If you have a "dirt path" in your current carpet I'd suggest using a color at least that dark.
- Pick a carpet with soil resistance. Lot's of carpets have stain resistance from common food and beverage spills, but you'd be surprised how many of those have no protection for tracked in soil. Look for carpets like Stainmaster, Anso, Wear Dated or Shaw's R2X that will stay cleaner longer than an unprotected carpet. This can also save you money on carpet cleaning down the road.
- Look for a good durability rating. Choose a carpet with a medium to high manufacturer's durability rating and preferably one with a texture retention warranty. The durability rating tells you how much wear the carpet will take before it begins to affect the appearance, and the texture retention warranty generally guarantees against untwisting of the fibers (matting) and unrestorable loss of pile height (crushing).
- Use a cushion with a spill barrier. Beverage spills and pet accidents are a fact of life with kids and dogs in the house. Plan ahead and use a carpet pad with a spill barrier such as Shaw's Triple Touch. This keeps anything spilled from soaking into the padding. Moisture in the cushion can cause odors and can wick back up into the carpet over time.
If you follow these steps you should have no trouble finding a carpet that will stand the test of time.