What Is The Best Kind Of Carpet For Kids And Pets?


Interested in new carpet for your home? Not sure what kind of carpet will hold up best to kids, spills, and “accidents” from that not-yet-housebroken puppy? Read on, and Flooring By Design will discuss the best kinds of carpet for kids and pets.

Carpets for Kids and Pets

  1. Go With Polyester Or Nylon

Polyester (often known as PET) and nylon are both synthetic fibers that are naturally stain-resistant and easy to clean. They do not absorb odors or stains readily, and just about any stain can be removed with a standard steam cleaner.

  1. Avoid Carpets That Are Too Thick, Or Have A High Pile

Thick, plush carpets are comfy, but tend to collect crumbs, dirt, pet hair, and nasty smells. For areas where kids and pets will be playing, go with a carpet that’s less than a half-inch thick.  


  1. Buy A Strong, Durable Pad

Don’t spend too much on padding, but get at least a 1/8-1/4 inch Rebond type pad with a 6 lb. density. This padding is inexpensive, but durable and soft enough for kids and pets to play comfortably.

  1. Choose A Dark Or Multi-Textured Color

White carpets look nice when they’re clean — but if you have kids and pets, they won’t be clean. At least, not for long.

Look for earth-toned carpets with a variety of colors and textures. These carpets can absorb stains and spills easily, and still look great even if the stain can’t be completely removed.

  1. Invest In Scotchgard-Treated Carpet

You may want to consider buying a carpet that’s been factory-treated with Scotchgard, or a similar product. Scotchgard carpet resists stains, spills, and dirt for as long as it’s installed – so even if your kids spill food on your carpet, or your new puppy has an “accident”, you can simply clean it with standard household cleaning products, and restore it to a brand-new state.

Follow These Tips – Keep Your Carpets Clean And Safe!