Carpet that looks great, feels warm and comfortable, and resists stains – is it too good to be true? Yet stain proof carpet offers exactly that. Carpet may be naturally stain resistant or treated to become stain proof. While many carpets claim to be stain proof, the carpet material makes up 90% of how stain resistant a carpet will be. So how much should you prioritize stain resistance in your choice of carpet?
Do You Need Stain Resistant Carpet?
Stain resistant carpet offers an easy to clean carpet option that helps you avoid the headache of stained carpets and spoiled interiors. If you live in a busy household with young children or pets, stain resistance may be a high priority in your carpet choice. However, if there are other carpet qualities you want to prioritize along with stain resistance, you will need to weigh all the options. While different carpets have different levels of stain resistance, they also have a range of other pros and cons to evaluate. This is why talking with a professional flooring specialist can help you balance and review all your options before making a choice.
Natural Stain Proof Options
Wool is one of the best choices for natural stain resistance and all-round high performance. Wool is naturally stain resistant and also repels dirt and oils. Unlike many stain resistant carpet types, one of the key benefits of wool carpet is that it also resists oil stains. However, despite its many benefits and luxurious feel, wool carpet makes up only 3% of carpet sales because it is very expensive.
Stain Resistant Spray Coating
Many other carpets are made stain resistant thanks to their chemical coating.
Nylon – Nylon is one of the most popular synthetic carpet options. With stain resistant coating it is easy to clean and can stay in good condition for up to 20 years. The key is ensuring the nylon carpet you choose has a stain resistant coating.
Solution dyed nylon 6,6 is the most stain resistant and durable nylon carpeting on the market. However, there are some chemicals nylon carpet can’t stand up to, and nylon carpeting might be susceptible to oil stains.
Polyester – Polyester carpet can look great thanks to high color quality, and with chemical treatment can be stain resistant for easy cleaning. However, because polyester carpeting is oil based, it actually attracts oils and is highly susceptible to oil stains. Polyester carpet is also prone to pilling and is not as durable as other options.
Olefin – Like polyester, olefin carpet is oil based, so it can attract oil stains. Olefin carpet is durable, but it attracts dirt so it needs to be cleaned more often. However, olefin and polyester carpets are both very economical.
If you think choosing a stain proof carpet is a big priority for your home, it’s best to get expert advice from your local flooring company. They can not only help you choose the right carpet material for your budget and needs, but let you in on other tricks of the trade, like choosing the right carpet color and pattern to conceal and diminish stains, for cleaner looking carpet.
To learn what colors, textures, and types of stain proof carpet are available for your home, contact Dublin Carpet, Flooring America today.