the best carpets for kids and petsYou’ve probably heard that it’s best to have hardwood flooring if you have pets because they are just so hard on carpet. However, if you have kids you know that carpet is the best option, because they frequently run around and fall. However, kids are messy too, and carpets stain easily. What’s the best solution for a home with kids and pets? Our carpet experts have done research to determine the most durable and stain-resistant carpets that will work well for both kids and pets, and still look great!

Choose a Synthetic Carpet Like Nylon

Choosing a carpet is difficult, but you can narrow down your choices significantly if you choose to go with a synthetic carpet, instead of a natural fiber one. Synthetic carpets tend to be more durable and stain resistant, making them a great choice for families with kids or pets. Nylon carpets are very sturdy, as the synthetic fibers hold their shape well, and especially in comparison to other materials, such as the loop style Berber carpet (which can easily snag). While nylon may be a bit higher in cost than other fibers, it offers a longer lasting color—even in high traffic homes.

Polyester is a Good Choice

While Nylon takes the prize in durability, polyester carpet is definitely the best stain-resistant choice for families.  A carpet made from polyester fabric is incredibly stain resistant because it’s fibers are hydrophobic, meaning that they repeal liquids. You’ll be able to wipe up wet spills on polyester carpet much more easily than on other kinds. With a softness that other carpets don’t have, polyester is a great choice for busy families that want the inviting feel of carpet, without sacrificing quality.

Go for a Medium Shade 

No matter what kind of carpet you choose, getting a medium shade is a great way to keep your carpets looking newer for longer.  As a general rule of thumb, stay away from dark carpets, as well as those that are light in color. Dark carpet will show light debris such as pet fur and crumbs. Meanwhile, light carpet will show every single stain and imperfection. A medium shade carpet is the perfect balance of both. Carpets with flecks of different colors also work well to disguise stains, dirt, and fur. 

Protect Your Carpet

Picking the right type of carpet for your home is an important choice to make, and when you choose one that’s compatible with your growing family’s needs, you need to protect it! Routine professional carpet cleaning every 6-12 months extends the life and durability of your carpets. Chem-Dry has received the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Platinum Seal of Approval for its hot water extraction cleaning system and is trusted by the nation’s top carpet manufacturers to deliver a deep clean that will maintain the appearance and performance of your carpets for years of use. We also offer a carpet protectant that helps repeal stains. Plus, all of our products are safe for your family, kids and pets! 

Do you have questions about keeping your carpet clean? Contact 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.