Planning Your Carpet - Maintenance Planning Your Carpet - Maintenance
In order to cut down on carpet maintenance, you'll want to choose a carpet that is:
Easy to clean
Fibers: The newest stain-repellant nylon carpet fibers are a boon. You can even get off red wine without a trace 24 hours after the spill!
Colors: Dulled colors can help you hide dirt. You might select a carpet by the entrance that is the same as the color of the earth outdoors. You might conceal your dog's hair by choosing a carpet in a color close to his coat.
Patterns: Patterns can conceal dirt and spills. For a rug under the dining table, pattern is better than plain. Even tweeds and heathery mixtures camouflage soil.
Waterproof - Moisture Resistant
Fibers: If you want a soft rug or carpet for the floor, choose one made of man-made fiber. Nylon, polyester, and polypropylene olefin (used in indoor/outdoor carpet) are nonabsorbent and resist moisture and mildew. Avoid wool; it absorbs moisture.
Soft-surfaced floors can cushion falls.
Surface Texture: Uncut pile (the kind that forms loops) wears far longer than cut-pile carpeting - especially when short and closely packed. Children can run their trucks over tight low-level loop pile. High shaggy pile is warm and friendly.
Density: Tight construction of carpet is essential for good wear, so choose one with dense pile for heavy-traffic areas, such as halls, stairs, and children's bedrooms.