The carpet and rug industry is estimated to grow to 112.69 billion by 2022. If you are looking to replace your carpet and you have pets and/or kids, you want to pick the right carpet, so you don’t have to replace it again in the near future.
Choosing your home’s carpet can be a stressful (and expensive) experience. Let’s take a look at the best type of carpet for kids and pets that will make your home comfortable and help it look good.
Different Types of Fibers
When choosing your carpet, the most important factor to look at is the type of fiber. The fiber type makes a big difference in your carpet’s durability. Three popular types of fibers include:
- Polyester (or PET)
You can also find wool carpet, but that is not a great option for houses with pets and children.
PET carpet is sustainable and has good stain resistance capabilities. Nylon has great durability and is soft and stylish. Triexta combines durability and stain protection.
Why Synthetic Fiber Carpet
Carpet is an investment and you want a carpet that meets your family’s needs. Nylon is a high resistant carpet choice especially if you have toddlers and pets. Nylon carpets are sturdy and the synthetic fibers hold their shape, so your carpet doesn’t look worn from high traffic.
Natural fiber carpet can wear down much easier. It is not as stain-resistant as synthetic fibers.
Loop style carpets like Berber can snag easily. Nylon costs more than other carpets, but it can also hold it’s color in high traffic areas, so it is worth the extra cost.
If you are worried about stains, you may want to look at polyester. This fabric is very stain-resistant and soft. It also holds up well, so if you have pets, you may want to consider how easy it is to clean up stains or messes and still have quality carpet.
Polyester can look crushed in high traffic areas, so you need to determine what works best for your lifestyle. You can always look for the Triexta if you want the best of both and are willing to spend more.
Carpet in Bedrooms
If you want to replace carpets in the bedroom, you may want to choose a low-cost polyester with a pile-height less than a half-inch. Polyester can mat and crush, so this is why you want lower pile. Bedroom traffic tends to not be as high as living rooms.
Pick the Right Shade
Another important consideration when choosing your new carpet is to pick a medium shade. You don’t want dark carpet because it can show more than you might think with crumbs and dog hair, and of course, light carpet shows stains.
Pick a light grey, brown, or blue to add some warmth to your home. The medium shades will minimize any signs of pet hair, spills, and dirt.
Taking Care of Your Carpet
You need to protect your investment. You should have professional carpet cleaning every 6-12 months to prolong the durability and life of your carpet.
Ready for New Carpet for Kids?
Now you know how to choose a carpet for kids. You want to opt for synthetic fibers and a medium shade. Remember to consider the level of traffic for that carpet. Higher traffic areas need lower pile.
If you are wanting more advice to update your home, check out our lifestyle section for more home care advice.