Let’s face it; our homes are not museums with glorious “Do Not Touch” signs. With kids, pets, and company (oh my) life is constantly happening around our rugs— but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the aesthetics and luxury you deserve. Here are some pointers on how to find the best carpet or rug for your hectic household.
1. Let’s Talk About Pets Baby: Regular vacuuming and grooming are always the first fight in the pets-carpet battle. To help build up your defense, a low pile rug is your best offense. It’s by far the easiest to clean up accidents. You also want to seek out darker colors and smaller patterns so stains won’t become the focal point of a design. Avoid any continuous loop carpets because of their tendency to catch; your rug is certainly not a scratching post. Wool is no doubt the easiest to clean if you need a jumping off point for fabric.
2. You’ve got to be KIDding me: Kids and area rugs are like peas and carrots… if carrots protected peas from wear and tear. Area rugs are great for protecting floors from a lot of movement. Something in a material like jute or sisal is great in a pinch, provides a fun earthy texture, and they’re incredibly durable. If you’re willing to spend a little more for a longer lasting piece, wool is also great around kids. Use double sided tape or no skid pads underneath to add an element of safety and prevent slipping. Similar to homes with pets, with kids in the house look for a darker colored rug to help make stains less prevalent.
3. Hey Big Spillers: If you find yourself in a home with lots of things hitting the ground, there’s one word for you: wool. Wool as a fabric naturally repels many food and drink spills as well as oil (think oil from any skin contact or dragged in on the bottom of shoes). Although it’s not natural to the material itself, coating on nylon carpet is also a strong contender for best stain resistant material. Good coating both resists spills and it doesn’t attract oil. On the flip side there are oil based carpet materials like Polyester and olefin. These two are aces when it comes to spills, but they do attract oil- so be sure to take of your shoes before walking around on them.
Your home can put the fun in functional and there’s no better way to do so than with a rug or carpet.
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